Around Linthicum: Calvert family patriarch releases book

The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society will celebrate the release of the book The Calvert Family on Saturday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. at the Benson-Hammond House.

Written by Edwin Calvert, a descendant of Maryland’s first governor Leonard Calvert, the book delves into the life and work of the Calvert family.

The Calverts are one of the most prominent families in Anne Arundel County. Owning and working land in the county for over 300 years, the Calverts have connections to some of the area’s most well-known families, including the Pumphreys, the Cooks and the Hancocks.

This book, filled with photos, articles and genealogy, almost wasn’t created. Calvert had trouble obtaining information about his relatives, until he teamed up with a family member who was on a similar quest.

“Edwin's extensive research into his ancestors had hit a brick wall at his great-grandfather, William Calvert, until Edwin found a connection to a distant cousin who was also looking into his antecedents,” said Rebecca Morris, director of the Kuethe Historical and Genealogical Research Library. “Together, they were able to put the pieces together and connect the missing link that led back to Leonard Calvert.”

This new information allowed Calvert to complete the family archive, featuring first-hand accounts by family members of past generations, which will be presented to the Kuethe Historical Library and Genealogical Library for its collection, at the event.

Calvert will also be on hand to sign copies of the book, speak about his findings and display family artifacts.

“This event should be like a family reunion with the many individuals who are related to this family,” Morris said. “Edwin will be there to share stories of growing up on the family farm before there was an airport in Linthicum or a mall in Glen Burnie or anything but horse-drawn wagons to haul the farm produce to market.”

Similar to the Calvert family, the Benson-Hammond house holds a lot of history. Built in the late 1820s by Thomas Benson, the property was sold to John and Rezin Hammond in 1887. The plot remained a working truck farm in the Hammond family until it was sold for airport construction in 1947.

It is the only truck farm left out of about a thousand of its kind in the area. The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society restored the house and it now serves as a museum of early farming in Northern Anne Arundel County.

Books will be available for purchase at the event and can be ordered by visiting or the Kuethe Historical and Genealogical Library, located at 5 Crain Highway S, Glen Burnie. Benson-Hammond House is at 7101 Aviation Blvd.

For more information, visit or call (410) 760-9679.

LSIA Meeting

The Linthicum Shipley Improvement Association will hold its monthly meeting March 14, at 7 p.m. at Lindale Middle School, located at 415 Andover Road, in the media center. Lauren Parker from the Register of Wills will serve as the guest speaker. Visit for more information.

Author Visit

Local author Rafael Alvarez will visit the Linthicum Community Library, 400 Shipley Road, March 22 at 7 p.m. The author of The Wire: Truth Be Told and Crabtown, USA: Essays and Observations will discuss how although he was born in Linthicum, his heart was always in the East Baltimore rowhome of his paternal grandparents, in which he has lived for 30 years.

For more information, call (410) 222-6265 or visit

Easter Bunny Breakfast

The Ferndale Volunteer Fire Company will host a breakfast with the Easter bunny March 24, 9 a.m.-noon at its fire station at 4 S. Broadview Boulevard. The breakfast will feature all-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns and fruit, along with coffee and orange juice.

Attendees can participate in a craft and should bring cameras for pictures with the bunny. Adult tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door. Children ages 6 to 12 are $5 and those age 5 and under are free. To purchase tickets, call (443) 690-4575 or email

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