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.

 

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

 

Historic Play by the Barbara Ingram School for the Performing Arts

Saturday, September 16th and Sunday September 17th, Time TBD
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: Slow, Steady Growth

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Boonsboro Reflections: Slow, Steady Growth

The first of Boonsboro’s 44 half-acre lots was sold in 1792.  By 1801 the Eagle Hotel (now Inn Boonsboro) was built and a post office established.  Peter Conn, the proprietor of the new hotel was also the Town’s first postmaster.   At first, the town grew slowly; in 1803, 11 years after Boonsboro was established, only 24 houses had been built.  But the all-weather turnpike connecting Baltimore and the western settlements facilitated travel and trade and the town became an important trade center.  The population had grown to 707 by 1830,...

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Boonsboro 225th Event – History, Music & Wine at Big Cork

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Boonsboro 225th Event – History, Music & Wine at Big Cork

Evening of History, Music and Wine at Big Cork Sunday, April 30th, 5:30pm – 7:30pm Location: Big Cork Vineyards, 4236 Main St., Rohrersville, MD Come out and celebrate Boonsboro’s 225th Anniversary with a kick-off event at Big Cork Vineyards. If you love wine and history, this event is for you!! Sip some wine, enjoy the gorgeous scenery and delicious food, bask in the history of our wonderful town and take home a commemorative wine glass. Historian/Author Dr. Tom Clemens will be the featured speaker, and singer/songwriter Jennie Avila...

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Boonsboro Reflections: John McAdam Introduces the Macadam Road Surface to America

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Boonsboro Reflections: John McAdam Introduces the Macadam Road Surface to America

The first macadam surface in the United States was laid on the “Boonsborough Turnpike Road” between Hagerstown and Boonsboro, Maryland.  By 1822, this section was the last unimproved gap in the great National Road leading from Baltimore, on the Chesapeake Bay, to Wheeling, on the Ohio River.   Construction specifications for the turnpike road incorporated those set forth by John Loudon McAdam of Scotland.  The availability of an all-weather turnpike road stimulated travel and trade. By 1864, the Boonsboro Turnpike Road 10-mile...

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Boonsboro Reflections: The National Road Joins Baltimore & the Western Settlements

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Boonsboro Reflections: The National Road Joins Baltimore & the Western Settlements

Boonsboro’s growth and prosperity certainly benefited from the construction of the Bank Road, later known as the National Road (now Alternate 40).  George Washington and Thomas Jefferson believed that a trans-Appalachian road was necessary for unifying the young country. In 1806 Congress authorized construction of the road and President Jefferson signed the act establishing the National Road.  That turnpike, the first Federally-funded road in U.S. history, was built between 1811 and 1834 and ultimately connected Baltimore to the western...

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Boonsboro Reflections: The Salem Church Served Lutheran & Reformed Congregations

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Boonsboro Reflections: The Salem Church Served Lutheran & Reformed Congregations

In 1806, construction was completed on Boonsboro’s dual-congregation Salem Church on Potomac Street.  This church, jointly owned and serving both Lutheran and Reformed congregations for many years, was considered one of the finest stone churches in western Maryland.  After the Civil War, the two congregations were able to build separate buildings. In 1870, the cornerstone was laid at the new Trinity Lutheran Church at 64 South Main Street and, in the same year, the Trinity Reformed Church was constructed on the site of the former Salem Church...

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