Boonsboro Reflections


Boonsboro’s flag was first unfurled in 1975.   After Mayor Edward. T. Weaver and town council endorsed the idea of creating a flag for Boonsboro, they turned to Pat Lemkuhl, a faculty member at Boonsboro High School.  She organized a flag design contest and Wayne Shifler submitted the winning design.  The flag’s prominent silhouette of a frontiersman with a hoe was to represent the Town’s founders, William and George Boone, settlers...

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Benjamin Franklin was appointed first Postmaster General by the Continental Congress in 1775 and only 26 years later, in 1801, a U.S. Post Office opened in the budding town of Boonsboro.  Patrick Conn, proprietor of the Eagle Hotel (now, Inn BoonsBoro), became our first postmaster.  At that time, postage rates were based on the number of sheets in the letter and the distance a letter traveled, ranging from 8 cents/sheet sent 40 miles...

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Images of covered bridges evoke dreams of slower, simpler times in  American history.  Over the past 200 years 120 such iconic structures carried traffic over Maryland waterways, but today only 6 survive.    Snook’s Creek flows from South Mountain, crossing Alt 40 just south of Mousetown Road as it meanders into Boonsboro.  Just west of the Boonsboro Free Library, the creek crosses Potomac Street (then, Church Street).  This is...

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In 1904, the Republican Club and Washington County Free Library collections were joined. The Hagerstown Daily Mail in March 1904 reported the organization of the Boonsboro Library Association. In her annual report of that year, Miss Mary Titcomb stated that the people of Boonsboro had formed an association in order to establish a permanent reading room. The central library sent a sufficient number of books to the branch at the time of...

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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...

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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...

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