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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Laurel, Maryland
Location of Laurel, Maryland
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|The Patuxent River was actually dammed in two places in Laurel to power its mills. In addition to its much larger cousin up stream, The Avondale Mill, downstream from here, was fed by water created by the “Little Dam” located at the foot . . . — — Map (db m79253) HM|
|Dr. Luis M. Arbona stepped through the doors of Reality in 1972 as its medical director. Often described as "not of this planet," he rose from humble beginnings in rural Utuado, Puerto Rico to become a gifted and pioneering physician and . . . — — Map (db m78932) HM|
|The Avondale Mill was built on this site in 1845.Initially a flour mill, it later produced cotton cloth and lace. The building was used to manufacture tractors during WWII. The mill burned in 1991. The site is part of Laurel's Riverfront Park.Site . . . — — Map (db m79027) HM|
|The Avondale Mill was built by Horace Capron in between 1845-1848. Later owned by George Wheeler and others, for many years it was known as Crabbs' Mill after owner Benjamin F. Crabbs. Over the years flour, corn, and lace embroidery were among the . . . — — Map (db m72077) HM|
|Community baseball was played in the Grove as early as 1878. In 1928 a group of African American men formed the Laurel Stars (also called the All-Stars), They, and their predecessor, the Laurel White Sox, played on this site, perhaps as early as . . . — — Map (db m92109) HM|
|This point marking the site of the 9th Street Bridge that connected Laurel and Howard County over the Patuxent River is dedicated to the memory of Frank P. Casula (1920-2001).
Frank P. Casula served the Citizens of Laurel and Prince George's . . . — — Map (db m72071) HM|
|(See individual section text below) — — Map (db m65397) HM|
|Dinosaurs lived during most of the Mesozoic Era (235 to 65 million years ago), on every continent on Earth. In Maryland, each of three Mesozoic time periods in which dinosaurs live is represented in its geology -- Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous. . . . — — Map (db m67139) HM|
| The History of Dinosaur Park
Dinosaur Park is located on what was once part of a 1600s land grant to Richard Snowden. From the 1650s through the mid 1800s, the Snowden Family owned several iron furnaces, hundreds of acres of land, and a . . . — — Map (db m67265) HM|
|In 1842, English scientist Sir Richard Owen coined the term "dinosaur" to describe a group of ancient reptiles that inhabited the Earth from 230 to 65 million years ago. The discovery of the first dinosaur bones and the knowledge they reveal about . . . — — Map (db m67193) HM|
|Nicholas Snowden's mansion was built early in the 19th century on the present site of Pallotti High School. His daughter Louisa was the wife of Horace Capron who was important in developing the Laurel Cotton Mill. The mansion was home for succeeding . . . — — Map (db m128063) HM|
| Methodists, who organized as a congregation in Laurel in 1840, established the First Church in Laurel in 1842. They occupied two other locations before this edifice was built in 1884. It was enlarged in 1909, 1950, 1962, and 2001. The church lost . . . — — Map (db m78962) HM|
| “My work, my life, must be in the spirit of a little child seeking only to know the truth and follow it.”
A man of many visions……George Washington Carver was born a slave in 1860. He earned his Masters Degree from the Iowa State . . . — — Map (db m120556) HM|
|J. N. "Ding" Darling was a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist who advocated for the conservation of our Nation's natural resources. He inaugurated the Federal Duck Stamp Program and drew the first stamp. He was founder of the National . . . — — Map (db m65391) HM|
|Nicholas Snowden built a grist mill on this site in 1811, using water from the Patuxent River to power the mill. He converted it into a cotton mill in 1824. His son-in-law, Horace Capron, enlarged the Laurel Cotton Mill in 1836 to produce canvas . . . — — Map (db m22529) HM|
|Laurel was originally called Laurel Factory after the cotton mill that stood where the Laurel Pool is today.
The Laurel mill originally manufactured cotton duck, used for sails, tents and the Conestoga Wagons that settled the west. Cotton ramie . . . — — Map (db m79084) HM|
|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 . . . — — Map (db m128064) HM|
|Laurel's earliest mill was established on land originally inhabited by Native Americans. The early mills were located on the banks of the Patuxent River at the fall line. Here the River elevation changes and provides an excellent source of water . . . — — Map (db m72074) HM|
|Laurel's earliest mill was established on land originally inhabited by Native Americans. The early mills were located on the banks of the Patuxent River at the fall line. Here the River elevation changes and provided an excellent source of water . . . — — Map (db m80472) HM|
|Built by The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in 1884, this "American Queen Anne" structure continues in daily use. The architect, Francis H. Baldwin, also designed the rear wing of the State House in Annapolis.
The building was placed on the National . . . — — Map (db m99) HM|
|Montpelier's Nicholas Snowden established an early Snowden family grist mill by 1811 at the fall line of the Patuxent River. A cotton mill was built and leased to a Mr. Johnson in 1824, and the site also may have included a saw mill.
After . . . — — Map (db m72073) HM|
|Route 1, originally known as the Washington-Baltimore Turnpike was part of the major road between Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York.
Laurel, located half-way between Baltimore and Washington was an important and convenient . . . — — Map (db m72075) HM|
|Methodism in Laurel was founded here in an "Upper Room" March 11, 1840. — — Map (db m4343) HM|
|The Patuxent River is the longest river that is located entirely in the state of Maryland. It spans 115 miles from the Piedmont area near the intersection of Howard, Montgomery, Frederick, and Carroll counties to the Chesapeake Bay. Traveling . . . — — Map (db m72081) HM|
|Riverfront Park offers visitors the chance to experience the heritage and nature of Laurel, Maryland.
The town owes its very existence to the river - which in pre-Colonial times provided Native Americans food and transportation. It later . . . — — Map (db m72080) HM|
|This building served as a Civil War hospital connected with the 109th NY. between January and November 1863.
Here hospital matron Sarah A. Palmer "Aunt Becky" and her nurses tended sick soldiers. Disease more than war affected local soldiers. . . . — — Map (db m78931) HM|
|St. Philip's Church was built in 1848 through the efforts of Horace and Louisa Snowden Capron and Parishioners. It was probably the first building in Laurel designed by a professional Architect. It houses a bell from St. Paul's Church in Baltimore . . . — — Map (db m79070) HM|
|The first telegram “WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT” was sent from the Capitol in Washington to Baltimore May 24, 1844 over wires laid along the right of way of the B&O Railroad adjacent to this highway. The telegraph was invented . . . — — Map (db m92328) HM|
|The Grove name is thought to come from the stands of large oak trees that grew across the street from what is now St. Mark's United Methodist Church. By the 1870s the Grove was the site of community festivals and events.
Records are unclear . . . — — Map (db m128062) HM|
|Laurel's first formal house of worship. Built 1842.
Methodism was founded in Laurel March 11, 1840. Remains of the church and adjoining cemetery were demolished in the 1950's. It's successor was built at 424 Main Street in 1884. — — Map (db m72076) HM|
|Water flowed from the race to the mill where it originally powered two overshot wheels and later a large Boyden Turbine before flowing back into the river. When water power was unavailable — either because of repairs or low water, the mill had . . . — — Map (db m79199) HM|
| A Walk Through Time
As you enter Dinosaur Park you take a walk through time from the present day into Dinosaur times! Modern plants and trees give way to ginkgoes and ferns reminiscent of the early plants and tree that are fossilized here . . . — — Map (db m67243) HM|