History lesson at Sykesville cemetery


November 03, 1998|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

TAKING A WALK through Springfield Cemetery is like strolling through the annals of Sykesville history.

Many of the founding fathers and their kin have their final resting places behind Springfield Presbyterian Church on Spout Hill Road.

I spent time there recently with Dorothy Clarke Schafer, a longtime Sykesville resident and member of Springfield Cemetery Board. The board cares for cemetery upkeep and management.

I received quite a history lesson from Schafer and by reading inscriptions on the monuments and markers, many of which date to the Civil War era. The roots of Sykesville, Springfield and Carroll County can be traced to families buried there.

Two families were of special interest -- the Patterson and Brown families. Members of the George Patterson family, son of a Baltimore industrialist and owner of the Springfield estate -- now the site of Springfield Hospital Center -- and the Stephen T. C. Brown family are buried in the cemetery.

Brown was the father of Frank Brown, the only Maryland governor from Carroll County.

Occupying a prominent place in the cemetery, their stately and ornate markers tell of wealth and influence. Restoration work has begun on monuments damaged by the elements and vandals over the years.

An intricately worked cast-iron fence was built around these gravesites in 1869 when Patterson

died. The fence was typical of ironwork done after the Civil War.

The fence was removed in 1972 when its deteriorating condition raised safety concerns, but it was stored in the hopes of one day returning it to the Brown/ Patterson gravesites.

Now, through high-tech restorative advances, it is possible for the 3-foot-high decorative fence to be restored and reinstalled. Members of Springfield Cemetery Board are hoping to make that possibility a reality.

The board has pledged funds toward the reinstallation, and individuals also have donated. Board members hope to have the refurbishing begun after the new year and the fence reinstalled in the spring.

Anyone interested in contributing to the project may call Dorothy Clarke Schafer at 410-795-0676.

Science and supper

Science and family fun will get together at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 when Freedom Elementary School holds Science Night for students and their families.

Fifth-grade teacher and Science Night organizer Pat Reed has called on Freedom parents and members of the Eldersburg community who work in scientific fields to offer hands-on science stations.

Stations in the healing sciences will include veterinary science, ophthalmology, chiropractic and pathology. Those interested in earth science can learn more about earthquakes, weather prediction, astronomy, pond landscaping, rocks and minerals, and terrariums.

Nature lovers will enjoy stations about beekeeping, birds of prey and reptiles. Science and the Internet will be featured at one station.

Before Science Night, families may attend a lasagna dinner in the school cafeteria. The dinner will include lasagna, salad, bread sticks and beverage. Dinner reservations must be made by Friday.

* Information: 410-751-3525.

Holiday bazaar

Oakland United Methodist Church will hold its annual holiday bazaar from 9 a.m. to 7: 30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church hall on Mineral Hill Road.

In addition to handmade tree decorations, holiday wreaths and candles, a bake table will offer homemade holiday treats.

Instead of a traditional turkey platter, the church will offer soups and sandwiches for sale.

* Information: 410-791-2073.


Table tennis buffs are invited to check out the new center for recreational and tournament play in Carrolltown Center.

The Maryland Table Tennis Association will hold a tournament at Carrolltown at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Spectators are welcome. No admission will be charged.

The organization plans to hold sanctioned tournaments each month for novice through world-class players.

Information: 410-747-6176.

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

Pub Date: 11/03/98

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