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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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  • 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...
  • Traffic: Collision in Annapolis on I-97

    Traffic: Collision in Annapolis on I-97
    A three-vehicle collision in Annapolis on Interstate 97 South at U.S. 50 has closed both southbound shoulders at 8:44 a.m. on Tuesday, according to the state Department of Transportation. The Maryland Transit Administration reported minor light rail...
  • Police charge man in Laurel bank robbery, car chase

    Police charge man in Laurel bank robbery, car chase
    A 42-year-old man has been charged in the Wednesday robbery of a Laurel bank, and the ensuing police chase that ended in a Columbia neighborhood, according to Laurel city spokesman Pete Piringer. Robert C. Williams faces robbery and numerous traffic...
  • Four indicted in North Laurel drug deal shooting

    Four indicted in North Laurel drug deal shooting
    The four southern Howard County residents charged in the fatal shooting of a Laurel man in his pickup truck in North Laurel last month were indicted on first-degree murder charges Wednesday. The indicted are: Desmick Jermario Lewis, 22, of the 7000...
  • Seahawk Jordan Hill tells his 'hard work' story to Police Explorers

    Seahawk Jordan Hill tells his 'hard work' story to Police Explorers
    Sitting in a conference room in Beltsville's District 6 police station, the teenage members of Prince George's County Police Explorer Post 600 listen attentively to a special guest. In place of their usual weekly activities, they received a visit from...
  • Few competitors in 2014 for Laurel's incumbent county and state politicians

    Few competitors in 2014 for Laurel's incumbent county and state politicians
    Laurel's state- and county-level elected officials — with few challengers and, in some cases, no challengers — won't face many obstacles on the path to re-election this year. Now that the Feb. 25 candidate filing deadline has passed, 2014's...
  • Library's original deed supports keeping Stanley name [Letter]

    The Laurel Historical Society believes strongly that by understanding the history of our community, we are able to create a better future together. Although our focus is mostly on creating thought-provoking exhibits and programming, we are always happy to...
  • Moe urges new library keep Stanley name

    Since the 1960s, the Laurel Library has been named in honor of former city commissioner, mayor and state comptroller Charles H. Stanley. However, when the most popular library in Prince George's County reopens after a $14 million expansion and...
  • 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. Howard County police report major crimes, break-ins and car thefts. City of Laurel Baltimore Avenue, 14900 block, Feb....