Boonsboro Historical Society

2017: Celebrating the 225th Anniversary of Boonsboro


Boonesborough Days Festival

Handmade crafts, demonstrations, entertainment, great food, classic car show and more!

Boonesborough to Boonsboro: 225 Years in the Making

Boonsboro plans a year of celebration in 2017

Boonsboro Reflections: Maryland Settlers

Boonsboro Reflections: Maryland Settlers

Attracting Settlers to the Maryland Frontier… Charles Calvert, the 5th Lord Baltimore, was a British nobleman and Proprietary Governor of the Province of...

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Boonsboro Reflections: George Boone

Boonsboro Reflections: George Boone

This year Boonsboro is celebrating the 225th anniversary of its founding with commemorative events scheduled throughout the year.  BOONSBORO REFLECTIONS will be...

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225th Anniversary Ornament Available Now!

225th Anniversary Ornament Available Now!

The 225th Anniversary ornament is here! This pewter ornament features Boonsboro’s 225th Anniversary logo on the front and a brief history of our Washington...

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Long-living residents remember and Pass It On.

Boonsboro is brimming with history...national and local.

Edgar Green, born in 1912, grew up on a farm just outside of Boonsboro. His daughter, Luana, reads an account of his memories of farm life in the mid-1900s. Hog butchering, neighbors helping neighbors, and more. Listen…

Groceries at Kefeauvers, medicine at Zimmermans, ice cream at Mrs. Barr, hardware at Warrenfeltz.  Also the baby contest of 1946 and lots more.  Listen…

Barbara Crampton, Mary Coffman Crampton’s Memories Of Boonsboro High School 1928, CCCs, Soccer Teams, Etc.  Listen…

Recollections from Edgar Green, born in 1912, about the hotel in Boonsboro during the Depression. Listen

During this time (the late 1920’s), the trolley still ran between Boonsboro and Hagerstown and this was the time I learned about “Hookey”. A couple of fellows would hop a ride to Hagerstown to see a show and come back on the trolley. Some trips took one hour and going up hill, the lights would go out.

(Edgar Green, recollections, 1992)

Stories from Edgar Green related to the Civil War. Listen…

  • Pass It On – Edgar Green – Boonsboro Farm Life
  • Pass It On – Ruann Newcomer – Boonsboro Shopping and more
  • Pass It On – Mary Coffman Crampton – School Stories and more
  • Pass It On – Edgar Green – Hotel in Boonsboro
  • Pass It On – Edgar Green – Trolley Travel
  • Pass It On – Edgar Green – Civil War

Pivotal People

Families who have played an important role in Boonsboro history.

Shafer Family

Shafer Family

Jonathan Shafer ran a tannery and served as Boonsboro's first burgess (mayor), member of MD legislature in 1829 and his descendant, Mary, donated the land for the park which is the center of community for the town today..

Bast Family

Bast Family

The Bast family as been an integral part of the Boonsboro community for nearly 200 years. In 1837, Captain John Christian Brining (born 1810 in Germany) opened a cabinet shop in Boonsboro which also sold coffins.

Boone Family

Boone Family

George and William Boone, brothers, came to this region in the late 1700s and founded Boonsboro in 1792. They were farmers and businessmen. William was buried on his farm land, which became the site of the Salem Church.