Carroll Digest

Key birthplace restored, open to public this month

The Carroll County Historical Society and Carroll County Land Trust are celebrating the recently completed restoration of Terra Rubra with a series of open houses this month.


Terra Rubra, the birthplace of Francis Scott Key, has been restored by owners William F. and Patrice Chaney. The home, which has been in private hands for decades, is now protected through preservation, agricultural and Rural Legacy easements.

The Chaneys will open the house to the public from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. today and Aug. 10, 17 and 24. Admission will be $2 per person or $5 per family. No cameras, strollers or high heels will be permitted inside.


Terra Rubra was built on the Key family's 2,800-acre estate in western Carroll County. The Latin name refers to the clay that gives the earth of the estate a reddish hue. The farmhouse, barn and grounds will be opened in honor of the restoration and Key's 224th birthday.

Terra Rubra is at 1755 Bruceville-Keysville Road, 4 miles south of Taneytown. Proceeds from the open house will be donated to the historical society and land trust.

Information: 410-848-6494.

Public hearing Tuesday on billboard zoning change

The Carroll County commissioners will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Room 003 of the County Office Building to hear comments on a proposed amendment to Chapter 223 (Zoning) of the Code of Public Local Laws and Ordinances of Carroll County.

The proposed amendment to Section 223-139 would reduce the height and sign area of billboards and require a conference with members of the public and the zoning administrator before approval of outdoor advertising signs that pertain to a use off the premises.

The commissioners may make amendments to the proposed ordinance based upon the comments received and may do so without further hearing.

Information: 410-386-2980.


Historical society talk on McDaniel set for Aug. 12

The Historical Society of Carroll County will hold its monthly box lunch talk at noon Aug. 12 at Church of the Ascension at 23 N. Court St., Westminster.

James Lightner, professor emeritus of mathematics at McDaniel College, will review the history of the school that started out in 1867 as Western Maryland College, and graduated its first class of seven students in 1871.

Participants should take a lunch. Beverage and dessert will be provided. Admission is $2 for nonmembers; free for historical society members. Reservations are recommended.

Information: 410-848-6494.

Meeting Sept. 9 to focus on business management


The Maryland ISO Consortium Program, a subsidized effort of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED), assists organizations in implementing the ISO 9000 standards for quality management systems.

The Carroll County Economic Development office and Carroll Community College, along with DBED, will sponsor an introductory meeting to discuss ISO 9000 and the execution of a Carroll County ISO Consortium from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sept. 9 at the college, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) offers features of a quality management system for businesses to help ensure effective operation.

The Maryland Consortium ISO program was formed in 1994 to help companies improve their internal operations; establish, maintain, and expand their supplier status with U.S. companies and federal agencies; and improve their competitiveness in domestic and international markets.

The meeting is free and attendance does not entail any commitment. To register: Denise Beaver, 410-386-2070 by Aug. 29.

Information: Gene Ritz, program manager, Maryland ISO Program, 301-869-6760.