Posts by BHS2


Imagine the dramas that must have unfolded in buildings that have stood at 2 South Main Street since Boonsboro’s earliest days!!!  The southwest corner of the town square was first occupied by Mrs. Short’s log store and was one of only 5 structures in Boonsboro in 1796.  Dr. Ezra Slifer purchased the property in 1811 and replaced the log building with his 2-story brick residence (this structure is the front part of today’s Vesta...

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Certainly most soldiers of the Civil War were respectable men who served honorably.  But rogues unavoidably crept into the ranks and preyed on their fellow soldiers and innocent civilians, causing suffering and chaos through their misdeeds.  Local officials sometimes offered cash payments to “volunteers” for enlisting in their districts as a way to fulfill their troop conscription quotas and these recruits had disproportionately high...

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The early settlers of Boonsboro and the surrounding areas faced the risk of injury and disease without the benefit of modern medicine.  Robert Koch and Louis Pasteur first established the germ theory of disease in 1870, 82 years after the founding of Boonsboro.   And physicians and caregivers did not recognize hand washing as a critical hygienic practice until the mid 1800’s.  Thus, life expectancy in the early 1800’s was only 37...

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Thousands of years ago, what is now Boonsboro’s Main Street was a trail used by Eastern elk, woodland bison, deer and timber wolves as they ranged about the, yet undiscovered, New World.  Native Americans would later follow the same route.  Since the colonization of America began at Jamestown in 1607, countless explorers and pioneers have passed along that same path, first on foot and on horseback, later with ox wagons and...

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Congress ratified the 18th Amendment on January 19, 1919, banning the manufacture, sale and transport of alcoholic beverages. But underground distilleries and saloons supplied bootlegged liquor to an abundant clientele, while organized criminal gangs fought to control illegal alcohol markets. That mayhem prompted the U.S. Department of the Treasury to develop the Bureau of Prohibition into a veritable army to fight organized crime. ...

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