County to mark its founding with program tomorrow

January 18, 2004

Carroll County's newest addition to the National Register of Historic Places, the Inn at Roop's Mill, will host the annual celebration of the county's founding.

The Historical Society of Carroll County will commemorate Carroll's 167th anniversary with a program focusing on the county's boundaries from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at the inn, 1019 Old Taneytown Pike, Westminster.

Richard L. Hull, president of Carroll Land Services Inc., and Gary Ganjon, surveyor with CLSI, will present the program.

Hull will discuss the history of the Mason-Dixon Line, going back to 1681 when the dispute began between William Penn and the Calvert family as to the true boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania.

In the fall of 2002, the Surveyors Historical Society and five regional surveyor's associations tried to correctly position the boundary line and replace a missing stone marker. They replaced the missing crown stone that had marked mile 75 of the line in the Harney area.

Using Mason and Dixon's notations and measurements from the 1760s, the group searched for the stone's location, finding it within inches of the center of the original stone. They were so close that they had to remove the original base to set a new stable base for the stone.

Hull will display the remains of the original stone at the program.

Ganjon will discuss efforts to retrace the line and replace the boundary stones set along the Carroll/Baltimore county line when Carroll was carved out of the western portion of Baltimore County and the eastern portion of Frederick County in 1837.

Visitors also can take escorted tours of the Inn at Roop's Mill, which is being restored. The completed project will include the bed-and-breakfast and ballroom, rehabilitation of the old mill into a meeting and conference center, the restoration of the adjoining home into more rooms for the inn and saving the 100-year-old suspension bridge between the two properties.

The program is open to the public and will include birthday cake and other refreshments.

Information: 410-848-6494.

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