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Woodlawn Replaced Powhatan Mill & Town

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

Woodlawn Replaced Powhatan Mill & Town By: Martha Hendrickson March 31, 2015 Today we know Woodlawn as a community, the national headquarters of the Social Security Administration and the previous location of the Gwynn Oak Amusement Park. But did you know that before 1902 there was no Woodlawn, but a mill and mill town called Powhatan? From an original investment by John and E. Levering, the company of Baltimore Manufacturing at the Powhatan Cotton Works built a new mill on the Gwynn’s Falls.  The water driven mill began operations in 1811 and by 1813 it had 4,000 spindles in...

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Hidden Treasures: The HSBC Cemetery Transcription Files

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

Hidden Treasures: The HSBC Cemetery Transcription Files By: Ann Royston Blouse March 10, 2015 In the 1970s, HSBC members undertook the project of locating every cemetery in Baltimore County and transcribing all of the headstones in those cemeteries. The results of this multi-year project now reside in the Cemetery Transcription files at HSBC.’ Headstones that may be illegible today were more clear 40 years ago and the transcriptions provide a wealth of family data for anyone tracing their family in Baltimore County. Early headstones recorded not only a person’s name and dates of birth and...

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“Does History Matter?” Questionaire

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

Does History Matter? What locals in Baltimore County have to say about history… By: Justin Albright (Towson U. History Student & HSBC Intern.)      Over the past week I have been traveling around Baltimore County asking locals in the community if they think history matters. The purpose of this was to allow locals in the community the opportunity to share their opinions, while also allowing the organization (HSBC) the opportunity to gauge public interest. This blog will discuss some of the answers provided and give my responses to same questions.      It should be noted that...

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Sparrows Point Rail Mill

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Home Page Slider | Comments Off

Sparrows Point Rail Mill

An image of the Sparrows Point Rail Mill c1895.  Sparrows Point was named for Thomas Sparrow, landowner, and was the site of a very large industrial complex owned by the Pennsylvania Steel Company and thereafter Bethlehem Steel, known for steel-making and shipbuilding. Sparrows Point remained largely rural until 1887, when an engineer named Frederick Wood realized the marshy inlet would make an excellent deep-water port for the Pennsylvania Steel Company. Steel was first made at Sparrows Point in 1889, by the Pennsylvania Steel Company. By the mid-20th century, Sparrows Point was the...

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Please thank our sponsors and contributors…

Posted by on Sep 14, 2014 in Home Page Slider | Comments Off

Please thank our sponsors and contributors…

On behalf of the Historical Society of Baltimore County, its board, members, and mission to “… collect, preserve and interpret the rich history of Baltimore County for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations,” thank you!       Direct Funding & In-Kind Gifts Courtesy… Academy Financial, Inc. Alex Cooper Auctioneers, Inc. B&E Storage, Inc. Carolyn Black-Sotir & Michael Sotir Catherine T. Germenko The Citizens of Baltimore County Cornerstone Accounting Costume Society of America Diamond Wealth Management Drs. Donna Keuck...

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