Hear New Windsor's legends on house tour


October 18, 2001|By Jean Marie Beall | By Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

TAKE A WALK through history this weekend and find out how people lived here in an earlier century.

New Windsor Heritage Committee is holding its "Legends and House Tour" from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

This year's tour will be self-directed, said Terry Wiley, a member of the tour committee. It will include five houses, two of which will be open to the public for the first time.

"And there will be storytellers stationed at appropriate locations along the tour path," Wiley added. "They'll be wearing historic period costumes."

New Windsor has an interesting history. One legend is about a young woman named Maggie Mehring, a student at a boarding school that now is the house at 210 High St., adjacent to New Windsor Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.

In her diary, she wrote about hearing a loud noise, then looking out her window and seeing about 5,000 Union soldiers walking up the street. The soldiers were on their way to Gettysburg. Two of the soldiers died in New Windsor and are buried in the Presbyterian Church cemetery.

During the tour, a silent auction will take place at the fire hall.

"A lot of businesses have donated things," Wiley said.

In addition, the fire department's ladies auxiliary will serve roast beef dinners from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the fire hall. The cost is $6.

The tour is the New Windsor Heritage Committee's annual fund-raiser. Proceeds go toward restoring the town's springhouse.

Wiley said the committee has been holding house tours for the past 15 years. The legends portion was added about three years ago. Planning for the tour takes nearly a year.

"We start planning pretty much when we finish one" tour, Wiley said. "It takes a long time to get houses and storytellers and write scripts."

Last month, the committee videotaped older residents talking about the past.

"We called it nostalgia night," Wiley said with a laugh. "My guess is that some of that material will be used in the storytellers' scripts."

Tickets, which cost $10, may be purchased at New Windsor Fire and Hose Company No. 1.

Information: 410-875-9025.

Apple butter boil

Piney Creek Church of the Brethren will hold an apple butter boil from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church at Teeter and Ruggles roads near Taneytown.

"We'll be making apple butter in old kettles over an open fire," said Wayne A. Hall, church pastor. "The apple butter will be for sale. A pint is $3 and a quart is $5."

Hall said children's activities would be offered.

Lunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with sandwiches and homemade soups for sale.

Information: 410-756-2820.

Fish fry

St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church will hold a fish fry from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow at its social hall at 44 E. Frederick St., Taneytown.

The cost is $5; $3 for children ages 6 to 10; and free for children younger than age 6.

Lions Club breakfast

Taneytown Lions Club will hold its all-you-can-eat breakfast from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nov. 17 at the town's carnival grounds building.

The breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, eggs, pudding and hominy, sausage gravy, juice, coffee and tea.

The cost is $4.50; $2.50 for children ages 6 to 10; and free for children younger than age 6. eat free.

Information: Jim Fair, 410-751- 1120.

Basket bingo reminder

Runnymede Elementary School PTO will hold basket bingo beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday at the school, 3000 Langdon Drive.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

Information: Susan Noyes, 410- 751-1728; Lisa Foreman, 410-751- 2499; or JoAnne Bowen, 410-751- 0728.

Jean Marie Beall's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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