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

 

Photos from 225th Events

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Photos from 225th Events

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BOONSBORO REFLECTIONS: Boonsboro’s Agriculture

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BOONSBORO REFLECTIONS: Boonsboro’s Agriculture

Lord Baltimore envisioned an agricultural economy in western Maryland and in 1732 he offered land, free of charge, to settlers provided they establish a farm with an orchard of 100 trees.  Fruit trees flourished in the region and apple orchards became a common feature on farmsteads. Apples were grown primarily for their juice and hard cider was a common colonial beverage since well-water generally was regarded as unsafe.  Everyone in the family drank the hard cider year-round, and most families produced 20 to 50 barrels of cider each autumn...

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BOONSBORO REFLECTIONS: The Fall of Roxbury Distillery

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BOONSBORO REFLECTIONS: The Fall of Roxbury Distillery

The enterprise of whiskey manufacture at the Roxbury Distillery Company along Antietam Creek generated substantial economic benefits to the community.  Barrels were supplied by a cooper’s shop at Devil’s Backbone and the barrel hoops were forged at Edward Stockslager’s blacksmith shop at Devil’s Backbone, later at Breathedsville.  Stonemasons and builders were hired to construct the numerous sturdy buildings that constituted the settlement.  Drivers and horse-drawn wagons were needed to transport the barrels to the rail platform for...

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Get Your 225th Anniversary Items on July 2nd!

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Get Your 225th Anniversary Items on July 2nd!

225th Anniversary merchandise will be available during the Boonsboro Independence Day celebration in Shafer Park on July 2nd! Items include: Hats $10 T-shirts $20 Mugs $10 Pewter ornaments $10 Wine glasses $5 Sales are cash or check...

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BOONSBORO REFLECTIONS: The Rise of Roxbury Distillery

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BOONSBORO REFLECTIONS: The Rise of Roxbury Distillery

Ruins of a community that grew up and prospered from 1772 to 1918 can still be seen where Roxbury Bridge crosses Antietam Creek northwest of Boonsboro.  John Shafer settled along the banks of Antietam Creek in 1772, eventually constructing a water powered stone gristmill.  Early settlers provided flour to markets in Baltimore and Philadelphia but soon understood that using their rye and corn to make whiskey was more profitable than milling flour.  By the 1790’s, whiskey manufacture was a major industry and Shafer developed a distillery in...

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