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Don’t Forget About Our History Trails Publications

Posted by on Feb 6, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off

History Trails is the Historical Society of Baltimore County’s semi-academic, popular history publication, in production since 1966. SUBMISSIONS: To have your research or narrative considered for publication, please follow this link for the society’s official submissions policy. (Copies are available for sale at $5.00 each, or you may review them at our research center.) Vol. No. Date Title & Author $5.00 each 1 1 September 1966 “History Markers” 1 2 December 1966 “Hunt Clubs” 1 3 March 1967 “Hannah More Academy” 1 4 June...

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“The Montebello Water Filtration Plant I: Clean Water for City & Suburb Alike”

Posted by on Nov 27, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off

(Brief preview and excerpt from History Trails 43, no. 3 & 4. To read more become a member of the society today!)) “The Montebello Water Filtration Plan I: Clean Water for City & Suburb Alike” History Trails 43, no. 3 & 4 By: Martha Hendrickson The Montebello Water Filtration Plant gave the Baltimore region national acclaim when it was completed in 1915.  It was a significant achievement in both engineering and architectural design. In 1912, engineers began the architectural and engineering plans for the landmark which was a boon to the health and well-being of...

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“Best Cultivated Farm”

Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off

'"Best Cultivated Farm": The Backstory of Hayfields, Nicholas Merryman Bosley, and the Lafayette Premium of 1824' (Excerpted from History Trails 43, no. 1 & 2) By: Teri Rising 2011-2012   Hayfields Farm, located in the National Register Historic District of Western Run-Belfast in northern Baltimore County, is designated an official Baltimore County Landmark. Built by Nicholas Merryman Bosley, c. 1811, Hayfields was awarded the "Best Cultivated Farm" premium by the Maryland Agricultural Society in 1824, with Revolutionary War hero General Lafayette in...

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“Castle Thunder, The Catons, and Catonsville’s Historical Myths”

Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off

"Castle Thunder, The Catons, and Catonsville's Historical Myths" (History Trails 42, no. 4 excerpt) By: John McGrain 2011 Numerous sources, including Dr. George C. Keidel, Emily Emerson Lantz, Kate Mason Roland, several unidentified writers for the Sun, the American, the Argus, and an historic roadside marker describe an extinct structure titled 'Castle Thunder' as the early home of Richard and Mary Caton – for whom the town of Catonsville, Maryland is named. The sources repeat a legend that Castle Thunder was the Catons' home before completion of their...

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On the Susquehannocks: Natives having used Baltimore County as hunting grounds

Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off

  The Susquehannocks’ Prosperity & Early European Contact By: Adam Youssi 2006           The Susquehannock Native Americans of North America have an impressive history.  This tribe from what is now the eastern United States began as a very small nation along the northern Susquehanna River watershed in what became New York State.  We know little of the Susquehannocks prior to their first recorded encounters with Europeans in 1608 when Captain John Smith of Jamestown, Virginia, encountered them on his voyage into the Chesapeake Bay.  Archeology has taken on the task...

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