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Mary Ann Ashcraft

Mary Ann Ashcraft is an amateur historian and volunteer at the Historical Society of Carroll County. She has a BA in biology from Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA.
Carroll Yesteryears: Local newspapers reported on dire circumstances in post-Civil War South

In spite of many deaths and serious injuries suffered by local men who fought for both the Union and Confederacy, Carroll fared better than the South — better even than Frederick or Washington counties to our west.

Carroll Yesteryears: As National Ice Cream Day approaches, remembering Carroll’s early parlors and creameries

Two retail shops in Westminster advertised ice cream in an 1880s city directory. Were they making it themselves or purchasing it from Howard M. Zile who started a dairy and ice cream business in Winfield about 1885? Zile’s ice cream became widely available locally.

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