Maryland History

Those of us at the Humboldt County Historical Society were rightly proud of our facility, the Barnum House.  The Historical Society of Frederick Maryland has a pretty nice facility of their own.

Earlier this week I spent the day in their library.  I had a great visit, doing some serious genealogical work.  There was a volunteer there who helped me…Velma (I didn’t get her last name).  She reminded me of Humboldt County’s great library helper, Linda DeLong.  She knew where every book was, got deeply involved in my family names, spent the better part of the day pulling books and files for me to check  and finished up making my copies, collating the sheets and putting everything in a nice bundle for me to take home.  I had a great day…and for all the Velmas and Lindas who help those of us doing research (often without a clue about what all exists for us in the research facility)…THANKS!

Since we left NYC about a week ago we’ve been traveling through what has turned out to be my ancestors’ backyards.  We worked our way down through the Pennsylvania Dutch country, through Gettysburg, Harpers Ferry, and now we’re here on the edge of Shenandoah National Park.  My ancestors came through here in the mid-1700s, some going on to Kentucky about 1800, others into Tennessee and then Missouri by 1820.  And tomorrow I hope to find the old graveyard, where Mathias House and his wife are buried.  They died about 1820 and the book I was reading said the house still stands…we’ll see.

Here are some observations from the last month or so:

  • New York is too big
  • Long Island is too long
  • There are some unusual people in the world, most of them loud
  • Vermont deserves all the accolades it gets
  • NYC traffic is tough to drive a truck through
  • Gettysburg is inspiring and depressing at the same time
  • Harpers Ferry needs to be better known

As always, check the link in the top bar for more photos, cleverly labeled “Easy Link to Our Photos.”  Donna adds more almost daily.  It’s a good way to keep up with where we are when there aren’t any posts.

Tomorrow we’re in Madison, VA getting ready for the big Fiber Fair and Sheep Dog Trials.  With all the rain, I’m afraid the sheep will all be dreadlocked.

3 Responses to “Maryland History”
  1. Mel 4 October 2010 at 8:51 am #

    you’re finding some good stuff..wish I was there

  2. Martha Haynes 5 October 2010 at 8:10 am #

    On Sunday Bob and I returned from two weeks in Philadelphia and glad we are to be home. We both had had enough of the east coast, mostly the landscape. While we still lived there Bob did take me to Gettysburg. And when I stood where Lincoln gave his address I started crying. The same thing happened to me at Harper’s Ferry – I cried there, too. The history of the east coast is amazing. I can do without the landscape. Now you are headed to quilt market before the final push home…

  3. Donna Parker 7 October 2010 at 5:05 pm #

    The landscape? Cityscape?or all the amazing green and gold and red foliage? The intense traffic of people and cars and noise is what bothered me. I do hope there was something interesting about your trip:) There are days now that I wish we would soon make the westward turn…..but then something cool turns up. Tomorrow — five days in Asheville with my best friend from college.

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