Boonsboro Historical Society

Preserving the Heritage of Boonsboro


Boonesborough Days Festival

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

Boonesborough to Boonsboro: A Living History

Places of interest in our town, founded in 1792.

History of Boonsboro

History of Boonsboro

History of Boonsboro Nestled at the foot of South Mountain between Hagerstown and Frederick, lies a rural town founded in 1792 by two brothers, George and William...

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Civil War Battles of Boonsboro

Civil War Battles of Boonsboro

The little town of Boonsboro, nestled at the western foot of South Mountain, was the site of two Civil War battles.  During the Civil War, Boonsboro’s churches and...

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Crystal Grottoes

Crystal Grottoes

This geological gem is a must-see in Boonsboro. The Crystal Grottoes Caverns were founded in 1920 when the State Roads Commission was quarrying for limestone to build...

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Boonsborough Museum of History

Boonsborough Museum of History

Boonesborough Museum of History 113 N Main St, Boonsboro, MD 21713 A tour through the museum’s exhibits will give you a much better understanding of what the...

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Trolley Museum

Trolley Museum

The Hagerstown-Frederick Electric Railway Company operated a trolley through Boonsboro from 1902 to 1938. Response to the first excursion of the trolley was so great in...

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Bowman House

Bowman House

Bowman House The Bowman House, located at 323 North Main Street, is typical of log houses built in Western Maryland during the first half of the 19th century.  It is...

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Dahlgren Chapel

Dahlgren Chapel

Dahlgren Chapel sits atop South Mountain, directly across from Old South Mountain Inn.  In 1876 the inn was the private residence of  Madeline Vinton Dahlgren, the...

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Old South Mountain Inn

Old South Mountain Inn

Old South Mountain Inn Founded as early as 1732, the inn has seen history. In 1755 it is probable that General Edward Braddock, accompanied by the young Lt. George...

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Washington Monument

Washington Monument

Located atop South Mountain, the Washington Monument, built in 1827,  is the first monument dedicated to the memory of George Washington, predating the Washington...

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William Boone Gravesite

William Boone Gravesite

  William Boone, Founder William Boone is the founder of what is today, Boonsboro, along with his brother George. His family gravesite is located to the rear of...

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National Road Heritage Museum

National Road Heritage Museum

The National Road Heritage Museum will honor the nation’s first federal highway system, which was built with the intention to expand and populate America’s...

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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.