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Housing Stock in Washington Grove as it Transitioned from Stockholder Association to Municipality and the Great Depression Yielded to World War II

The research of Robinson & Associates, Inc., in preparation of Washington Grove’s Updated and Expanded Historic District Nomination to the National Register is gratefully acknowledged.  It is the basis of the following. Washington Grove’s initiative to seek...

Camp Meetings

We appreciate the research of Robinson & Associates in preparation of the Updated and Expanded Washington Grove Historic District Nomination; it forms the basis of this month’s overview of the choice of camp meeting locations and their physical arrangements. While...

Our Woods and Walkways: Are They Historic? Part 3

By Wendy E. Harris, Volunteer Associate Archivist In our last two articles, we used concepts borrowed from the world of historic preservation to discuss whether Washington Grove’s woods could be considered historic. Once again we return to the world of historic...

Our Street Signs

By Gail Littlefield, HPC member Watch a video of the WG Sign Restoration Project Hey, what’s the big deal about our street signs? Did you know our brown wood street signs with white letters, on wood posts, found at intersections throughout the Town, are a rare and...

Our Woods and Walkways: Are They Historic? Part 3

By Wendy E. Harris, Volunteer Associate Archivist  In our last two articles, we used concepts borrowed from the world of historic preservation to discuss whether Washington Grove’s woods could be considered historic. Once again we return to the world of historic...

Our Woods and Walkways: Are They Historic? Part 2

By Wendy E. Harris, Volunteer Associate Archivist Recently there has been much discussion as to whether various non-architectural features such as our community’s woods and walkways are truly “historic.” Whether or not this is the case, the woods of Washington Grove,...

Our Woods and Walkways: Are They Historic? Part 1

By Wendy E. Harris, Volunteer Associate Archivist During the past two months there has been much discussion as to whether various non-architectural features such as our community’s woods and walkways are truly “historic.” Whether or not this is the case, the woods of...

Romance and Religion, Part 2

By Patricia Patula, Town Archivist We pick up again the lengthy article in The Post titled “Many People Attracted There—A Picture of Rural Loveliness” which described the events at the Grove camp meeting on August 17, 1886. At 2 p.m. the children’s service was...

Romance and Religion, Part 1

By Patricia Patula, Town Archivist Some of the newspaper writers at the end of the 19th century were romantic poets at heart. A social news article about Washington Grove, which appeared in The Post on August 17, 1886, was titled: “Many People Attracted There–A...

Where Every Grover Was On July 3, 1880

By Patricia Patula, Town Archivist According to the July 3, 1880 issue of The Washington Post, the camp-meeting of the Methodist churches was set for August 12, 1880, but by July 3 most of the cottages were already occupied. The author of The Post article speculates...

Tents and Cottages

By Patricia Patula, Town Archivist The Washington Post issue of August 6, 1879 announced the opening of the annual Methodist Camp Meeting to begin the next day “at Washington Grove, on the Metropolitan branch of the Baltimore & Ohio railroad, a few miles above...

News Dispatches from Other Centuries

by Wendy E. Harris, Volunteer Associate Archivist Introducing a series describing Washington Grove’s earliest days Town Archivist Pat Patula and I have recently begun to use an exciting new source of information for researching the early history of Washington Grove....

Archives and Geek Squad Jargon

In working with archival material and the rapid updating of computers to save that material, one comes across terms that can be challenging, confusing, surprising and even amusing. How about these for starters? Antiquarianism, n. – An interest in things that are...

Aitchison Crossing. . . and the Bridge

by Patricia Patula, Town Archivist The agenda for the Town Council meeting of October 15, 1964, is an interesting combination of formal, politically correct titles of topics, such as Minutes, Treasurer’s Report, Old Business, etc., with an informal, chatty style...
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