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Westminster, MD (Images of America Series)
     

Westminster, MD (Images of America Series)

by Catherine Baty, Historical Society of Carroll County
 

William Winchester established Westminster in 1764 by laying out 45 town lots along the main road to Baltimore. The lots sold quickly, and soon there was a small but thriving community. When Carroll County was established in 1837, Westminster was named the county seat, bringing government officials, judges, lawyers, and visitors to the town. Hotels, homes, and

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William Winchester established Westminster in 1764 by laying out 45 town lots along the main road to Baltimore. The lots sold quickly, and soon there was a small but thriving community. When Carroll County was established in 1837, Westminster was named the county seat, bringing government officials, judges, lawyers, and visitors to the town. Hotels, homes, and stores sprang up to serve the influx of new residents and visitors. The Western Maryland Railway reached Westminster in 1861. In 1863, Confederate general J. E. B. Stuart's cavalry arrived en route to Gettysburg and battled a small detachment of Union cavalry responsible for guarding the vital railroad link to Baltimore. After Stuart's troops continued on to Pennsylvania, Union troops established an important depot, with supplies arriving from Baltimore for transport to the battlefield and wounded soldiers returning to be cared for in Westminster's hotels, churches, and homes. Westminster prospered throughout the 19th and 20th centuries as it became the center of an industrial and agricultural community.

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From the Publisher

Title: Images of Westminster: Book features nearly 200 historical pictures

Author: Brandon Oland

Publisher: Carroll County Times

Date: 9/14/09

It needed to be from an area familiar to Westminster residents, it needed to be crisp and clear and it needed to show what life used to be like in Carroll County.

After poring through the 5,000 images in the Historical Society of Carroll County’s collection, Baty said she found the photo she needed. The black-and-white picture shows two unidentified women riding in a horse carriage along an unpaved East Main Street in Westminster in 1905. One woman held the reins; the other held a baby boy.

Baty said she thought the photo would be perfect for the cover of “Images of America: Westminster,” a new book from Arcadia Publishing that shows the history of Westminster through a series of 192 photos.

“It’s just a charming photo of Main Street,” Baty said. “They are enjoying their ride through town. A lot of those buildings are still there.”

Baty, the curator of collections at the Historical Society of Carroll County, selected all the photos to be used in the book. It will be released Sept. 21 and made available at most area book stores and the Historical Society of Carroll County.

The book is a joint effort of Arcadia Publishing and the Historical Society, which receives royalties for every text sold. This is Baty’s third collaboration with Arcadia. She also organized photos for Images of America books featuring Taneytown and Carroll County.

Baty said the Historical Society boasts more photos of Westminster than any other Carroll municipality, which made this project a bit easier than the other two.

“It was nice to have a chance to use all those photos,” she said.

However, she could not use many intriguing Westminster photos in the Carroll County book due to space constraints.

All of the pictures in “Images of America: Westminster” are black and white. Some of the historical photos feature structures that still exist, including a 1917 image of the National Guard Armory on Longwell Avenue and a mid-1930s photo of the Ward Memorial Arch at Western Maryland College.

Other buildings have been razed, including the old St. John Catholic Church building on Main Street and a grocery store that used to be at the intersection of Main Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. The grocery store featured a fountain out front. It’s no longer there, either. Baty said she’s not sure what happened to it.

“I’d love to know whose yard it’s in,” she joked.

Baty included many photos that offer a unique perspective of Westminster. An image from the late 1860s shows the view of Westminster from Western Maryland College. St. Paul’s United Church of Christ can be shown under construction in the background.

An image taken from the Goodyear blimp in 1937 captures Court Street and the areas surrounding it. The photo is, perhaps, most notable for what structures still had not been built in Westminster, including the courthouse annex, the new jail and the county office building.

Most of the images were taken 60 or more years ago, yet they are sharp and in focus.

“[Arcadia Publishing was] looking for really good, quality photographs,” Baty said. “They are very strict about the quality of the images that are sent in.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738566085
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
09/21/2009
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
127
Sales rank:
1,309,548
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author


The author, Catherine Baty, curator of collections at the Historical Society of Carroll County, has mined the society's collection for images reflecting Westminster's unique heritage and evolution from a small cluster of houses to a thriving city.

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