225th Anniversary of Boonsboro


Celebrate Boonsboro’s 225th Anniversary!

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Members of the Boonsboro Historical Society and the Economic Development Commission are busy planning activities that will take place throughout 2017 in honor of the 225th Anniversary of the founding of Boonsboro.

The various events offer something for everyone – details will be posted here and promoted on our Facebook page, so be sure to follow us!

Scroll down to see our Walking Tour, Commemorative Items, 2017 Events and Historical Reflections posts. Keep Reading! 

 


Boonsboro Walking Tour – new!

Walking Tour of Boonsboro Now Available


225th Commemorative Merchandise

 225th Anniversary T-shirts – $20

Adult sizes S-XXL, blue or white

Available at Turn the Page Bookstore & Josie’s On Main.

Will also be sold at upcoming town events. 

 

 

 225th Anniversary Hats – $10

Available at Turn the Page Bookstore.

Will also be sold at upcoming town events. 

 

 

 

225th Commemorative Ornament – $10

Available at Turn the Page Bookstore, Josie’s On Main and Town Hall!

Will also be sold at upcoming town events. 

 

 

 

225th Commemorative Mug – $10

Available at Turn the Page Bookstore, Josie’s On Main and Town Hall!

Will also be sold at upcoming town events. 

 

 

225th Anniversary Wine Glasses – $5

Available at Turn the Page Bookstore & Josie’s On Main.

Will also be sold at upcoming town events. 

 

 

 


 Calendar of Events

We have many things planned for Boonsboro’s 225th!  Mark your calendars and show your Boonsboro pride!

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Happy 225th Birthday!

Sunday, August 13th at 2:25pm

Celebrate Boonsboro’s 225th Anniversary on the 225th day of 2017! Enjoy a piece of birthday cake and sing along as the Boonsboro High School Band plays ‘Happy Birthday’!

Music follows by South Mountain Jam featuring Jeff Taulton from 3-5:00pm. Activities for the kids! Please feel free to bring a lawn chair and/or blanket.

Shafer Park Boonsboro, MD

 

Historic Play by the Barbara Ingram School for the Performing Arts

Saturday, September 16th at 7:00pm
A play written and performed by students depicting the reunion of the Heck brothers between the battles of South Mountain and Antietam.

 

2.25 Mile Road Race

Saturday, September 23, 9:00am

A 2.25 mile road race through historic Boonsboro, ending at Shafer Park. Participants receive t-shirts and may run or walk.  More details to come!

 

 

 


Boonsboro Reflections Posts

 

Boonsboro Reflections: Merger of the Republican Club & Washington County Free Library

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Boonsboro Reflections: Merger of the Republican Club & Washington County Free Library

In 1904, the Republican Club and Washington County Free Library collections were joined. The Hagerstown Daily Mail in March 1904 reported the organization of the Boonsboro Library Association. In her annual report of that year, Miss Mary Titcomb stated that the people of Boonsboro had formed an association in order to establish a permanent reading room. The central library sent a sufficient number of books to the branch at the time of opening to insure a good collection. Fresh deliveries were made two or three times a month. Mary Titcomb...

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2.25 Mile Anniversary Race & Fitness Challenge

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2.25 Mile Anniversary Race & Fitness Challenge

Rounding out the Boonsboro 225th Anniversary celebrations this year is a 2.25 mile race through in downtown Boonsboro.  Register!

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Boonsboro Reflections: Library Delivered Books to Communities

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Boonsboro Reflections: Library Delivered Books to Communities

The Washington County Free Library opened in Hagerstown on August 27, 1901 and the first librarian, Mary Titcomb, was determined that it would truly serve all of Washington County.  She was unusually creative in finding ways to make the library collection widely accessible.  She established “deposit stations,” usually in general stores, post offices, or Sunday schools throughout the county. The books were delivered from Hagerstown in three-shelved wooden cases and loaned out to the citizens. They were exchanged on a regular basis and the...

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Boonsboro Reflections: Boonsboro’s First Library

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Boonsboro Reflections: Boonsboro’s First Library

On July 21, 1900, Major Josiah Pierce Jr., son-in-law of Mrs. Dahlgren of South Mountain House, organized the Republican Club of Boonsboro. He felt that the town should have a club, which, in addition to a political agenda, should have daily newspapers, periodicals and a library to add to the life of the community.  The Club bought bookshelves and Major Pierce contributed the furniture and over 500 books to complete the clubroom which was housed in “Shafer’s Hall” (possibly above Shafer’s bicycle store on North Main Street).  At the first...

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Boonsboro Reflections: Isabel S. Mason’s poem “The First Washington Monument”

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Boonsboro Reflections: Isabel S. Mason’s poem “The First Washington Monument”

The Daughters of the American Revolution collaborated with Harvey Bomberger in his efforts to restore the collapsing Washington Monument during the 1920’s and ‘30’s, difficult years of stock market collapse and the Great Depression.  Isabel S. Mason wrote an influential poem dedicated to the Monument entitled, “The First Washington Monument” which was published in The Patriotic Marylander and local newspapers.   It is fitting to absorb these powerful words as we celebrate Independence Day and reflect on the sense of patriotism and duty...

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