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Laurel

Beginnings: Because it was situated midway between Aquebogue and Mattituck on the North Fork, Laurel was known for many years as Middle District. When Riverhead Town split from Southold in 1792, the new border ran through the little farming community, dividing it in half. Middle District later became Franklinville some time before residents formed their own Presbyterian church in 1831, and finally Franklinville became Laurel in 1890. The substitution may have been inspired by the area's abundance of laurel trees and bushes.
Beginnings: Because it was situated midway between Aquebogue and Mattituck on the North Fork, Laurel was known for many years as Middle District. When Riverhead Town split from Southold in 1792, the new border ran through the little farming community, dividing it in half. Middle District later became Franklinville some time before residents formed their own Presbyterian church in 1831, and finally Franklinville became Laurel in 1890. The substitution may have been inspired by the area's abundance of laurel trees and bushes. « Show less

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  • A look inside the healing garden of Howard's 'Dr. Duke'

    A look inside the healing garden of Howard's 'Dr. Duke'
    With its four terraces of thriving plants sloping down toward a babbling lily pond, Jim Duke's garden could certainly be considered a healing place.
  • Woman carjacked outside of Laurel Walmart, police say

    Woman carjacked outside of Laurel Walmart, police say
    Anne Arundel County police are investigating a report of carjacking near a Walmart in Laurel early Sunday morning. The victim, a 48-year-old woman from Baltimore, told police a man approached her and threatened her with a large kitchen knife about 1 a....

    Fitchitt, Nicklas named to lead Downtown Columbia Partnership

    Fitchitt, Nicklas named to lead Downtown Columbia Partnership
    The Downtown Columbia Partnership has named Gregory A. Fitchitt as president and chair of the board and appointed Barbara A. Nicklas executive director. Established in 2013, the Downtown Columbia Partnership is an independent nonprofit dedicated to...

    Laurel man cited for firing gun to kill snake

    Laurel man cited for firing gun to kill snake
    Laurel officials say a 62-year-old resident was arrested for violating a city ordinance Sunday when he shot a snake in the woods behind his house. Police were called to the 15000 block of Laurel Oaks Lane in Laurel around 12:25 p.m. after callers...

    At World Cup, Laurel's Kammarman has global view

    After graduating from the University of Delaware, Michael Kammarman and his twin brother, David, spent part of the next two years backpacking around the world. The brothers, who played soccer at Laurel High and graduated in the Class of 1989, spent...