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Laurel in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Laurel Factory: A Mill Town

Riverfront Park Heritage & Nature Trauil

 
 
Laurel Factory: A Mill Town Marker image. Click for full size.
By A. Taylor, January 20, 2014
1. Laurel Factory: A Mill Town Marker
Inscription. In the 1840s the Patuxent Manufacturing Company's President Horace Capron built homes for mill workers like the one occupied since 1996 by the Laurel Museum.

The homes originally housed 4 families, each of whom had a separate kitchen in the basement.

Children and adults lived in close quarters, and worked in the mill 11-12 hours a day. In 1850 men earned an average monthly wage of $9.54 and the women $5.00

The Company also operated a store and a school, owned much of the early Main Street area, and controlled the town's operations.
 
Erected by City of Laurel Department of Parks and Recrecation.
 
Location. 39° 6.585′ N, 76° 51.442′ W. Marker is in Laurel, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is on Main Street near 9th Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 817 Main St,, Laurel MD 20707, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Laurel Factory: (a few steps from this marker); Laurel Cotton Mill and Dam (a few steps from this marker); Casula Point (within shouting distance of this marker); Laurel: A Factory Town Bridging Two Counties
The Laurel Museum building, referenced in the marker text. image. Click for full size.
By A. Taylor, January 20, 2014
2. The Laurel Museum building, referenced in the marker text.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Laurel Harnessed the River to Power the Cotton Mill (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Water From the Dam Powered the Cotton Mill (about 500 feet away); Methodism in Laurel (about 600 feet away); The Old Stone Methodist Church (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Laurel.
 
Also see . . .  History of Laurel by the Laurel Historical Society. (Submitted on January 26, 2015, by A. Taylor of Laurel, Maryland.)
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 25, 2015, by A. Taylor of Laurel, Maryland. This page has been viewed 178 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on January 25, 2015, by A. Taylor of Laurel, Maryland.   2. submitted on January 26, 2015, by A. Taylor of Laurel, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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