The Town of Dublin

March 20, 1994|By John Camejo

Nestled between Deer Creek and the Susquehanna River in northeast Harford County sits Dublin, settled in the 1700s by an Irish family who named their new home after their hometown in Ireland. They arrived as masons, but, to survive, learned farming and other necessary trades, as well as how to get along with the Susquehanocks and Mingoes who were there first.

The Dubliners were a rough lot. Strangers were not invited to stay overnight.

"They were convinced to leave and we feel the same way today, we like our privacy," said Bob Day, owner of a used car lot at Dublin and Whiteford roads.

Bob and his wife Jean, the local historian, (left and right, above) trace their roots to the original settlers. They met in the first grade. They've been married for 47 years. They recall their children vowing to move away when they grew up, but they all stayed, or left and came back. "Everyone thinks that the grass is greener until they get there," Mr. Day said. "Then, they realize there's no place like home."

The clannish mentality needed to survive the early years in Dublin survives today through the 200 parishioners who attend the Dublin Methodist Church. "Everyone is proud of the local folklore and once a year it comes out on the Founders Day festival," says the Rev. Roberta Scoville (center, above), who has served the church the last three years. "We use this social event to bond with everyone and raise money in the process."

Across the street is the Dublin Elementary School, known as the Dublin Academy. Formerly a log cabin, it was rebuilt in the 1920s as the red, brick schoolhouse that stands today. The school's original bell is being refurbished for a presentation on Founders Day.

To the green rolling hills ringing the town that reminded Dublin's founders of the beauty of Ireland, add a sense of family, history and a close knit community. That's Dublin today.

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