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. 

 

 

225th Anniversary Wine Glasses – $5

Available at Turn the Page Bookstore & 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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Happy 225th Birthday!

Sunday, August 13th at 2:25pm

Celebrate Boonsboro’s 225th Anniversary on the 225th day of 2017! Enjoy a piece of birthday cake and sing along as the Boonsboro High School Band plays ‘Happy Birthday’!

Music follows by South Mountain Jam featuring Jeff Taulton from 3-5:00pm. Please feel free to bring a lawn chair or blanket. Admission is FREE.

Shafer Park Boonsboro, MD

 

Historic Play by the Barbara Ingram School for the Performing Arts

“BROTHERS AT ARMS” – a Two-Act Play

Saturday, September 16th at 1:00pm* and 7:30pm*
Sunday, September 17th at 1:00pm* and 4:00pm*

BROTHERS AT ARMS is a true story depicting the reunion of Boonsboro brothers Jacob and John Heck, who fought for opposite sides during the Civil War.   This two-act play (approximately 30 minutes) is written and performed by students of The Barbara Ingram School for the Arts. Play will be performed under tent, rain or shine.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. 50 reservations will be taken for each performance. Link for reservations coming soon!

*JOIN THE CAST 30 MINUTES PRIOR to each performance for an in-character tour of the Historic Bowman House.

$10 donation suggested

Bowman House, 323 N. Main Street, Boonsboro, MD

 

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. COMPLETE DETAILS AND REGISTRATION HERE!

Shafer Park, Boonsboro, MD

 

 

 


Boonsboro Reflections Posts

 

2.25 Mile Anniversary Race & Fitness Challenge

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2.25 Mile Anniversary Race & Fitness Challenge

Rounding out the Boonsboro 225th Anniversary celebrations this year is a 2.25 mile race through in downtown Boonsboro.  Register!

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Boonsboro Reflections: Library Delivered Books to Communities

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Boonsboro Reflections: Library Delivered Books to Communities

The Washington County Free Library opened in Hagerstown on August 27, 1901 and the first librarian, Mary Titcomb, was determined that it would truly serve all of Washington County.  She was unusually creative in finding ways to make the library collection widely accessible.  She established “deposit stations,” usually in general stores, post offices, or Sunday schools throughout the county. The books were delivered from Hagerstown in three-shelved wooden cases and loaned out to the citizens. They were exchanged on a regular basis and the...

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Boonsboro Reflections: Boonsboro’s First Library

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Boonsboro Reflections: Boonsboro’s First Library

On July 21, 1900, Major Josiah Pierce Jr., son-in-law of Mrs. Dahlgren of South Mountain House, organized the Republican Club of Boonsboro. He felt that the town should have a club, which, in addition to a political agenda, should have daily newspapers, periodicals and a library to add to the life of the community.  The Club bought bookshelves and Major Pierce contributed the furniture and over 500 books to complete the clubroom which was housed in “Shafer’s Hall” (possibly above Shafer’s bicycle store on North Main Street).  At the first...

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Boonsboro Reflections: Isabel S. Mason’s poem “The First Washington Monument”

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Boonsboro Reflections: Isabel S. Mason’s poem “The First Washington Monument”

The Daughters of the American Revolution collaborated with Harvey Bomberger in his efforts to restore the collapsing Washington Monument during the 1920’s and ‘30’s, difficult years of stock market collapse and the Great Depression.  Isabel S. Mason wrote an influential poem dedicated to the Monument entitled, “The First Washington Monument” which was published in The Patriotic Marylander and local newspapers.   It is fitting to absorb these powerful words as we celebrate Independence Day and reflect on the sense of patriotism and duty...

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Boonsboro Reflections: Civic Pride – Maintaining the Washington Monument

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Boonsboro Reflections: Civic Pride – Maintaining the Washington Monument

For 190 years, our Monument has endured the relentless pull of gravity, weather extremes, lightening strikes, souvenir collectors and vandalism.  A curious rumor circulates that an indignant father suspected his daughters of meeting their suitors at the Monument and, in an attempt to discourage the amorous couples, detonated a charge of dynamite causing further damage to the deteriorating structure.   At any rate, by the time the Civil War swept into the North in 1862, the Washington Monument was in ruins.  It was used as a Union observation...

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