225th Anniversary of Boonsboro


Celebrate Boonsboro’s 225th Anniversary!

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Members of the Boonsboro Historical Society and the Economic Development Commission have planned activities 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 – NOW $15

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 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. 

 

 Washington Monument Replica – $10

Available at Turn The Page Bookstore and 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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2.25 Mile Anniversary Race & Fitness Challenge

Saturday, September 23, 9:00am – 12:00pm

A 2.25 mile run/walk through Historic Boonsboro, ending at Shafer Park. Participants receive t-shirts. Post-race festivities feature optional bonus workouts, commemorative awards for top finishers and food, music & activities for all ages.There will also be guided walking tours of Boonsboro! COMPLETE DETAILS AND REGISTRATION HERE!

Shafer Park, Boonsboro, MD

 

 

 


Boonsboro Reflections Posts

 

Boonsboro Reflections: Shafer Park

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Boonsboro Reflections: Shafer Park

Shafer Park is a lasting tribute to the vision of Boonsboro’s leaders and the generosity and commitment of its citizens. In the 1930’s, Mayor John Hershberger noted that the “homecoming week” (perhaps the precursor to Boonsborough Days) created an “inconvenience and burden on the good citizens living on Lakin Avenue” because the celebration was held on that street.  He thought a public park would be an asset to the community. A century earlier, in the 1800’s, Jonathan Shafer had operated a tannery on the north side of Boonsboro. He was...

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Boonsboro Reflections: The Heart of Maryland

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Boonsboro Reflections: The Heart of Maryland

David Belasco’s successful and influential career as a theatrical producer and playwright stretched between 1884 and 1930.  A frequent visitor to Boonsboro, he wrote, directed, or produced more than 100 Broadway plays including The Heart of Maryland.  This highly successful romantic Civil War-themed melodrama opened in New York in 1895 and ran for 240 performances. The play and subsequent silent film versions took place in the “typical Southern town” of Boonsboro.  Filming of the 1915, 1921 and 1927 silent film productions used a “Southern...

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Boonsboro Reflections: The Heck Brothers

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Boonsboro Reflections: The Heck Brothers

Boonsboro must have been a chaotic community in September 1862. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia had just invaded the north, occupying Frederick and advancing to take Harper’s Ferry. But George McClellan’s Army of the Potomac pursued him from the east and, on September 14 engaged Lee’s rear guard at the gaps of South Mountain; by the end of the day some 6,100 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing. Jacob Heck (Confederate infantry) and his brother, John Heck (Union cavalry) unknowingly fought each other in that battle. Having been...

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Pass It On Photo Scanning

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Pass It On Photo Scanning

Search those attics, basements and old photo albums! On October 15th from 1 to 5pm, the Boonsboro Historical Society will host a Pass It On event to scan in old photos or documents from Boonsboro residents.   We want to preserve them before they are lost or damaged and make them available on the Historical Society’s website for all to enjoy and learn from. Location: Boonsboro Community Life Center, 28 N Main Street, Boonsboro, MD Have a lot of photos?  Reserve a scheduled time by contacting Kristin Bowl at kristin@skipjackweb.com. The...

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Boonsboro Reflections: Boonsboro & World War I

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Boonsboro Reflections: Boonsboro & World War I

American families sacrificed greatly during the two years (1917-1918) that the United States fought in “The War to End All Wars.”  Of the approximately 4.7 million men and women that served in the regular U.S. forces, National Guard and draft units, over 116,500 were killed in action or died of disease and other causes.  On July 4, 1919 the South Mountain Council No. 88, Junior Order of United American Mechanics, erected a monument in Boonsboro honoring the “Boys from the Boonsboro District” that served.  Sixty-seven names are on that plaque,...

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