Carroll history


1710: Westminster founder born

The founder of Westminster, William Winchester, was born in London on Dec. 22, 1710. Winchester came to America in 1729. He began purchasing tracts, which would eventually become Westminster, in 1754. Winchester surveyed the land into lots in 1764. The town was originally called Winchester in honor of its founder but was changed to Westminster by the Maryland General Assembly to avoid confusion with other towns of the same name - most notably, Winchester, Va. Winchester died Sept. 2, 1790.

[ History of Western Maryland, Volume 2 by J. Thomas Scharf, p. 927, and Carroll County Maryland: A History, 1837-1976 by Nancy M. Warner, p. 20 and 30. Compiled by Sun researcher Shelia Jackson.]

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