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Laurel

Beginnings: Because it was situated midway between Aquebogue and Mattituck on the North Fork, Laurel was known for many years as Middle District. When Riverhead Town split from Southold in 1792, the new border ran through the little farming community, dividing it in half. Middle District later became Franklinville some time before residents formed their own Presbyterian church in 1831, and finally Franklinville became Laurel in 1890. The substitution may have been inspired by the area's abundance of laurel trees and bushes.
Beginnings: Because it was situated midway between Aquebogue and Mattituck on the North Fork, Laurel was known for many years as Middle District. When Riverhead Town split from Southold in 1792, the new border ran through the little farming community, dividing it in half. Middle District later became Franklinville some time before residents formed their own Presbyterian church in 1831, and finally Franklinville became Laurel in 1890. The substitution may have been inspired by the area's abundance of laurel trees and bushes. « Show less

Top Laurel Articles

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  • Laurel Police report motorcycle stolen on Contee Road [Crime Log]

    Laurel police report felonies, arrests and property crimes. Prince George's County police report violent crimes and property crimes. Howard County police report major crimes, break-ins and car thefts. City of Laurel Montrose Avenue, 300 block, Nov. 3....
  • Laurel Lakes dredging to begin next summer, officials say

    Laurel Lakes dredging to begin next summer, officials say
    Plans are in motion to begin dredging the upper of the two Laurel Lakes by next summer, Prince George's County officials told community members at a meeting Thursday evening. According to the presentation, attended by about 10 community members and...
  • Franchot shops local for the holidays in Laurel

    Franchot shops local for the holidays in Laurel
    Laurel streets were lightly dusted with snow Monday, but the weather was just right for Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot to do some holiday shopping. Franchot stopped by an indoor Farmers Market set up at the Laurel Mill Playhouse Dec. 9 as part of...
  • Professionals add credibility to STEM at Laurel High family night

    Professionals add credibility to STEM at Laurel High family night
    When Kenneth Barrie and Rima Garg teach their science classes at Laurel High School, their students inevitably ask "why do we need to know this?" The co-chairs of the science department can enumerate all the careers in science, technology, engineering...
  • Pete Melbourne was former mayor, Main Street entrepreneur

    Former Laurel Mayor Percival Granville "Pete" Melbourne III could play all the angles. As a 15-year-old student at Laurel High School in the 1940s, Melbourne, who didn't have a driver's license, purchased a pickup truck. While others may have used it...
  • Alcuin H. 'Al' Krebs, teacher

    Alcuin H. 'Al' Krebs, teacher
    Alcuin H. "Al" Krebs, a retired Baltimore public schools reading resource teacher and World War II combat Marine, died Monday of Alzheimer's disease at Brightwood assisted living in Catonsville. He was 86. The son of a lithographer and a homemaker,...
  • Laurel Police report three burglaries [Crime Log]

    Laurel police report felonies, arrests and property crimes. Prince George's County police report violent crimes and property crimes. City of Laurel Woodland Court, 100 block, Nov. 15. Unforced-entry burglary. Player Drive, 9300 block, Nov. 14. Motor...
  • Share your blessings with those in need

    Share your blessings with those in need
    Many people find the holiday season to be a time to share their blessings with the less fortunate. Local organizations and advocacy groups such as those below would put your gift to good use. • Oaklands Presbyterian Church has a food pantry on-site...
  • Laurel Police report two forced entry burglaries [Crime log]

    Laurel police report felonies, arrests and property crimes. Prince George's County police report violent crimes and property crimes. Anne Arundel County police report major crimes. Howard County police report major crimes, break-ins and car thefts. City...
  • Laurel Police report robbery with firearm [Crime Log]

    Laurel police report felonies, arrests and property crimes. Prince George's County police report violent crimes and property crimes. Howard County police report major crimes, break-ins and car thefts. City of Laurel Laurel Lakes Court, 7900 block,...
  • Laurel Leader archives find a new home at Laurel Museum

    Laurel Leader archives find a new home at Laurel Museum
    As the closing date of the current Laurel Library building approaches, library officials have been busy figuring out where all the building's resources will go. Some will make the move to the new library building. Others are being sold to raise money...
  • Memories of sister lost in 1963 Birmingham church bombing fill Laurel home

    Memories of sister lost in 1963 Birmingham church bombing fill Laurel home
    On Sunday, Sept. 15, 1963, members of the Ku Klux Klan planted a bomb in the basement of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., killing four young black girls. One of those girls was Diane Braddock's 14-year-old sister, Carole Robertson. It...