Among the many activities commemorating the town of Crofton's 50th anniversary in 2014, my contributions included the Facebook albums listed on the left and two illustrated talks:
Linthicum Walks House, 1924
From Sotweed to Suburbia: Stories of the Crofton, Maryland Area, 1660s-2014
I contributed two chapters to A History of Servern Parish, Anne Arundel County Maryland, 1838-1988, published in 1989, which commemorated the 150th anniversary of the parish..
Listen to my reflections on Crofton's history in a 2014 interview on Baltimore public radio station WYPR.
From Sotweed to Suburbia: A History of the Crofton, Maryland Area, 1660s-1960s, Revised Edition, 2004.
Dr. Joseph L. Browne, email@example.com 720-883-7079
I originally published Sotweed to Suburbia in 1985, and revised and updated it in 2004. Over 100 images help to tell stories of 300 years of change and tradition in what became Anne Arundel County in Tidewater Maryland.
Crofton's 50th Anniversary
From the 1660s...
"Settlers who came up the South River in the early 1660s had to travel beyond the head of the river to find land not already taken. From there new settlers had to walk, taking them farther from the South River, which they knew was the beginning the of the water highway to England, the only road that existed."
To the 1960s...
"Hamilton Crawford decided it was a good location. The 1,300 acre site was located equidistant from Baltimore and Washington and the highway system was good. 'We bought the land. planned it, zoned it, designed the streets, shopping centers, and schools,' Crawford said. The cost of long range planning was high: $5,000,000 before building any houses."
Stories of Maryland and Washington, D.C. History
More Stories from the Crofton Area's Past
On Facebook see, "Crofton-Maryland-History", for albums of
additional stories and images of the Crofton area that I prepared
for the 50th anniversary of the town of Crofton in 2014.