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

Also available will be commemorative t-shirts, wine glasses at Big Cork event (see below), and a blanket carried by Gifts Inn Boonsboro.

225th Commemorative Ornament – $10

available at town hall

quantities limited – get yours now! 

 

 

225th Commemorative Mug- $10

available at town hall

quantities limited – get yours now! 

 

 

 


 Calendar of Events

There’s lots going on for Boonsboro’s 225th!  Below are some of the events for the general public.  Mark your calendars and show your Boonsboro pride!

Calendar Flier

 

Evening of History, Music and Wine at Big Cork

Sunday, April 30th, 5:30pm – 7:30pm – Big Cork Vineyards, 4236 Main Street, Rohrersville, MD
Historian/Author Dr. Tom Clemens will be the featured speaker, and singer/songwriter Jennie Avila will perform many of her Civil War songs. Tickets include catered Hors d’oeuvres, 1 glass of wine and a commemorative wine glass.  Tickets are $35 and can be purchased through Big Cork’s website OR in person (cash only) at Josie’s on Main at 4 N. Main St, Boonsboro. Tickets are $45 at the door.

 

A Boonsboro Night at the Hagerstown Suns

Friday, June 23rd, 7:05pm start time
A special night for Boonsboro Little League teams. 1,000 limited edition 3-D replicas of the Washington Monument will be distributed.
Municipal Stadium, 274 E. Memorial Blvd. Hagerstown, MD 21740

 

Commemorative Ceremony at the Washington Monument

Saturday, July 1st at 11am
A commemorative ceremony reenacting the laying of the original cornerstone by the Christian Ardinger Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.
Washington Monument State Park, 6620 Zittlestown Rd., Middletown, MD 21769

 

MSO’s Salute to Independence 

Sat, July 1
Boonsboro’s 225th will be emphasized through kids activities and entertainment at the fireworks.

 

Historic Play by the Barbara Ingram School for the Performing Arts

Saturday, September 16th at 7pm
A play written and performed by students depicting the reunion of the Heck brothers between the battles of South Mountain and Antietam.
GBoone’s Event Center, 7704 Old National Pike, Boonsboro, MD 21713

 

2.25 Mile Road Race Running Event

Saturday September 23, 9am

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: How the Black-eyed Susan Became the State Flower

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BOONSBORO REFLECTIONS: How the Black-eyed Susan Became the State Flower

Harvey Bomberger is a famous son of Boonsboro, having served in the House of Delegates and the Maryland State Senate.  He was the co-founder and first chairman of the Washington County Historical Society and president of the Boonsboro Cemetery Association.  But the adoption of the black-eyed Susan as Maryland’s State Flower ranks as one of Bomberger’s more enduring accomplishments.   In 1898, the Maryland Agricultural College hosted a Farmers Institute “Round-Up” inviting farmers and their families from around the state to College Park for...

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Boonsboro Reflections: Boonsboro Mayors

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Boonsboro Reflections: Boonsboro Mayors

Mayors (originally called burgesses) were elected annually from 1831-1839, bi-annually from 1940 through 1975 and, since then, mayors have been elected to four-year terms.  At Boonsboro’s first election in 1831, Jonathan Shafer was chosen as first Burgess and Captain Lewis Fletcher, Assistant Burgess.  They served until 1835.  Since that time, over 70 individuals (all men) have been elected as Mayor with Charles F. (Skip) Kauffman, Jr. serving the longest from 1988-2016. Current Boonsboro Mayor Howard Long is sworn in by Washington County...

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Boonsboro’s 225th Anniversary Featured on Focus on the 4State

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Boonsboro’s 225th Anniversary Featured on Focus on the 4State

Have you seen the recent interviews with Assistant Mayor Cindy Kauffman and 225th Anniversary Committee Co-Chair Chuck Schwalbe on WHAG? They both did an excellent job promoting Boonsboro and our 225th Anniversary events! You can watch both interviews...

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Barbara Ingram Students Visit Bowman House

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Barbara Ingram Students Visit Bowman House

Students from Barbara Ingram School for the Arts toured the Bowman House recently to get inspiration for a play they will be writing and performing depicting the reunion of Boonsboro brothers Jacob and John Heck. The brothers met in town between the Battles of South Mountain and Antietam. The students also met Eric Krieger, the great-great grandson of Jacob Heck, and learned more about his family! The play will be Saturday, September 16th, at 7pm at The Stage House at G Boone’s, 7704 Old National Pike, Boonsboro, MD. Watch for more...

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Boonsboro Reflections: The Bowman House

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Boonsboro Reflections: The Bowman House

The Bowman House, at 323 North Main Street, was built in 1826 and is typical of log dwellings built in Western Maryland during the first half of the 19th century.  It has two stories built in an “L” shaped plan.  A hewn V-notch construction detail was used at the exterior corners and there are three interior brick chimneys.  John Bowman, Boonsboro’s well-known potter, purchased it in 1868 and operated his pottery business on the site.  It was his home until his death in 1906.  The shop where he fashioned pottery and the kiln for firing were...

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