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. 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. Contact us for details.

 

 

 

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! 

 

 

225th Anniversary Wine Glasses – $5

Will be sold at various town events. Contact us for details.

 

 

 


 Calendar of Events

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

Calendar Flier

 

A Boonsboro Night at the Hagerstown Suns

Friday, June 23rd, 7:05pm start time
The spotlight will be on Boonsboro from the first pitch to the fireworks! Be one of the first 1000 fans through the gate to receive a limited edition 3-D replica of the Washington Monument! It will also be a special night for South Mountain Little League teams. Thanks to our sponsors: Antietam Cable Television, Maryland Jockey Club & South Mountain Dental!

Municipal Stadium, 274 E. Memorial Blvd. Hagerstown, MD

 

Commemorative Ceremony at the Washington Monument

Saturday, July 1st at 11am at the Monument
A commemorative ceremony reenacting the laying of the original cornerstone in 1827 featuring Christian Ardinger Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and Frederick Town Fife & Drum. ARRIVE EARLY to allow time for parking and the hike to the monument. Photo opportunities with reenactors following the 30-minute ceremony.

Washington Monument State Park, 6620 Zittlestown Rd., Middletown, MD

 

MSO’s Salute to Independence 

Saturday, July 1
Boonsboro’s 225th will be highlighted during the concert as local folk singer Jennie Avila performs two of her Civil War songs with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra.

 

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

 

2.25 Mile Road Race

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

 

Washington Monument Commemorative Ceremony July 1st at 11am

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Washington Monument Commemorative Ceremony July 1st at 11am

Join us July 1st at 11am at Washington Monument as we reenact the laying of the original cornerstone in 1827. Thirty-minute ceremony will feature period music, presentation of colors and musket firing by: Maryland Society Sons of the American Revolution (MDSSAR) Christian Ardinger Chapter of the Maryland Society, Sons of the American Revolution, Washington County, Maryland Sergeant Lawrence Everhart Chapter of the Maryland Society, Sons of The American Revolution, Frederick County, Maryland Frederick Town Fife and Drum, Frederick County,...

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BOONSBORO REFLECTIONS: Construction of the Washington Monument

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BOONSBORO REFLECTIONS: Construction of the Washington Monument

It must have been a remarkable sight – on the morning of July 4, 1827 as many as 500 citizens of Boonsboro and nearby communities assembled on the town square at 7:00 am and, headed by the stars and stripes and a fife and drum corps, marched to an area called The Blue Rocks at the summit of South Mountain.  Motivated simply by patriotism, our fore-bearers had set out to erect the first monument in this Country dedicated to the memory of our first President.    By 4:00 that afternoon a structure stood 15-feet tall on a 54-foot circular...

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BOONSBORO REFLECTIONS: Crystal Grottoes

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BOONSBORO REFLECTIONS: Crystal Grottoes

Crystal Grottoes, the only commercial cave now open in Maryland, is also one of the largest in the state. Nearly one half mile of passage was mapped in 1968. The cave was discovered in 1920 as a result of quarry operations for road material.  A drill bit (for placing explosives) disappeared into a hole, and the crew realized they had found a cave. Blasting subsequently created an opening large enough to allow exploration. Because of their beauty and commercial possibilities, the caverns were spared in the quarrying and, in 1922, after the...

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BOONSBORO REFLECTIONS: Dr. Peter Fahrney’s Legacy

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BOONSBORO REFLECTIONS: Dr. Peter Fahrney’s Legacy

Dr. Peter Fahrney was born in Lancaster, PA in 1767, orphaned by age two and raised by neighboring families.  He learned the trade of a tanner and, together with his wife Eve (Durnbaugh) Fahrney, had 4 children.  Sadly, his wife died when their oldest child was only 11 years old.  Perhaps encouraged by his in-laws to relocate to Maryland that they might assist in caring for the children, Fahrney moved with his family to the area now known as San Mar.   He purchased 42 acres from his father-in-law’s extensive land holdings with the intention...

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BOONSBORO REFLECTIONS: The Storied Past of Inn BoonsBoro

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BOONSBORO REFLECTIONS: The Storied Past of Inn BoonsBoro

There were only five houses in Boonsboro in 1796:  Peter Conn’s Eagle Hotel, a structure on the site of 44 N. Main St. that may have been William Boone’s store, Jacob Craig’s house next to the hotel (now the bakery at 7 North Main St.), Mrs. Short’s log-built store (on the site of Vesta’s at 2 S. Main St.) and “a house at the spring,” probably now the Hamilton/Brining House at 103 N. Main St. The Eagle Hotel was the first stone building erected in Boonsboro and it has been standing on the site of 1 N. Main Street since 1796, 8 years before...

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