Carroll County is turning 179, and the Historical Society of Carroll County is throwing it a birthday party.
The party is from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Grace Lutheran Church in Westminster. There will be a talk on one the county's founders, John Longwell, cupcakes and refreshments. The event is free.
The Historical Society throws the county a party every year as a way to raise awareness about Carroll's history, executive director Gainor Davis said.
"I think it's an amazing thing to have a county that's been around 179 years and continues to thrive," Davis said.
The event will start with a talk by former Westminster Mayor Kevin Dayhoff on Longwell, shortly after 2 p.m. The talk should last about 45 minutes, Davis said.
People are welcome to join at any time. Cake and punch will start around 3 p.m.
"It's basically a time for us to introduce people to a little bit of their history," Davis said.
Longwell founded The Carrolltonian, a newspaper that was crucial to the founding of the county. He lived at Emerald Mill mansion, which was recently bought by the historical society, she said.
The Historical Society recently moved into the mansion, holding its annual Winter Wine Warmer there last weekend. The society hopes to open an exhibit about Greek heritage in the county in Emerald Hill mansion in the spring, Davis said.