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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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  • 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...
  • Laurel police report robbery with firearm [Crime log]

    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 Elaine Court, 9100 block, Feb. 2....
  • City to accept paper bags only for yard debris collections

    To support Prince George's County's efforts to go green, the Laurel Department of Public Works will only accept yard debris collections in paper, not plastic, bags, city officials announced today. Beginning Jan. 1, city residents must place yard...
  • Robbery with firearm on Laurel Bowie Road reported by Laurel Police [Crime log]

    Laurel police report felonies, arrests and property crimes. Prince George's County police report violent crimes and property crimes. City of Laurel Scott Adam Court, 9100 block, Dec. 8. Theft from motor vehicle Braygreen Road, 7800 block, Dec. 7....
  • 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...
  • 2014 state bills for Laurel focus on recreation

    2014 state bills for Laurel focus on recreation
    The start of the 2014 General Assembly legislative session is fast approaching, and lawmakers are putting together their wish lists. Each year, delegations from across Maryland craft bills requesting funding, authorizations and other acts for local...
  • Laurel Police report forced-entry burglary on Plantation Court [Crime Log]

    Laurel police report felonies, arrests and property crimes. Prince George's County police report violent crimes and property crimes. City of Laurel Plantation Court, 15600 block, Dec. 19. Forced-entry burglary. Fifth Street, 800 block, Dec. 17....
  • For Richard Friend, finding lost Laurel is 'labor of love'

    For Richard Friend, finding lost Laurel is 'labor of love'
    Richard Friend, 41, who says he grew up "on the other side of the tracks," at Steward Manor apartments at Routes 197 and 198, spends much of his spare time restoring all sorts of artifacts from Laurel retailers, movie theaters and restaurants,...
  • Digging the past at 'Lost & Found Laurel'

    Digging the past at 'Lost & Found Laurel'
    The Laurel Museum's grand opening of "Lost & Found Laurel" on Feb. 9 crafted a nostalgic moment for Laurel residents who have watched many retailers come and go through changing times over the last half-century. In “Lost & Found Laurel,” the...
  • Sweetheart couple dancing toward another Valentine's Day

    Sweetheart couple dancing toward another Valentine's Day
    West Laurel couple Myron and Audrey Shumway were high school sweethearts in Fall River, Mass. They met at a youth function at church where Audrey almost dismissed Myron because he couldn't dance. He persuaded Audrey to teach him so she brought him home,...
  • Prison investigators continue to find out cause of fight that led to stabbings

    Prison investigators continue to find out cause of fight that led to stabbings
    A tier of the Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup remained on lockdown Friday, a day after three inmates were stabbed in an argument among several prisoners. Two men suffered wounds that were not life-threatening. Another man, who was stabbed...
  • 'Lost Laurel' exhibit found by returning old friends [Old Town Laurel]

    Old Town was teaming with excitement as the arrival date for the opening of the "Lost & Found Laurel" exhibit, Feb. 9, was upon us. Memorabilia adorned every nook, cranny and wall of the Laurel Museum, wherever space permitted. As the overflow crowd...