Walking tour explores Sykesville's past


March 24, 1998|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THERE'S A LOT of interesting history in this area for those who want take the time to learn about it," says Jim Purman, curator of the Sykesville Gate House Museum of History.

More than a few history buffs were willing to brave the chilly weather Sunday to participate in the 1998 Spring History Walk around Sykesville and the area.

Several dozen tourists met at the St. Barnabas Church Parish House to learn more about Sykesville and its history.

Purman, Kari Greenwalt, Johnny Johnsson, Linda Greenberg and Mark Rychwalski, guided groups on a two-hour walking tour of Sykesville's past.

Highlights included stops at the former sites of the mill and hotel, built about 1831, once owned by town founder James Sykes. Ruins of the Elba Furnace, circa 1847, once key in the town's industry, were explored with Johnsson, a mining engineer and mining history buff. The former site of Warfield College also was visited.

The history of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was highlighted as the tour moved along the Patapsco River and into Howard County.

The Sykesville Gate House Museum of History is open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays. The Gate House Museum of History is at 7283 Cooper Drive, west of Route 32. Information: 410-549-5150.

Miss Cumberland

Sarah Litz of Eldersburg will be among the 50 women competing in the Miss Maryland Pageant in Hagerstown in June. The women are competing to represent Maryland in the Miss America Pageant this year.

Litz is the daughter of Pat and Eugene Litz. She was named Miss Cumberland in a pageant on March 14. She is a junior majoring in music education at Frostburg State University.

Yard sale

White Rock United Methodist Church is seeking food, craft and flea market vendors for a community yard sale April 18.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department. Space is available inside and outside, and the event will be held rain or shine.

Table space for crafts or flea market items is $20; food vendor space is $100. Proceeds from the event will benefit the church's building fund.

Information: Rena Hudson-Toland, 410-781-6478.

Nature camp

Piney Run Nature Center is preparing for its annual nature camp in July. Members have first bids on camp openings, and the registration deadline is today. The drawing for spaces for members will be held March 31.

The nature camp is a nonprofit day camp dedicated to promoting an awareness and appreciation of the environment through educational programs and activities.

Children will explore woodlands, fields, streams and lakeshore habitats in a supervised environment.

One-week camps are offered for children who have completed kindergarten through third grade. The camps will be held from 9: 30 a.m. to 3: 30 p.m. the weeks of July 6, 13, 20 and 27. Cost is $80 for members and $90 for nonmembers.

Two-week camps for students who have completed grades four through six will be held July 6-17 and July 20-31. There will be a Friday camp-out. Cost is $125 for members and $135 for nonmembers.

For the second year, the nature center will offer a two-week session for campers who have completed grades seven and eight. Those camps will be held July 6-17 and July 20-31 and cost $150 for members and $160 for nonmembers.

Registration for remaining spaces, open to members and nonmembers, begins April 9. Call the nature center at 410-795-6043.

Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 3/24/98

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