School exhibitions, with music and recitations, were a popular diversion in 19th-century Howard County, often drawing distinguished guests. The exhibition at Long Corner School on April 14, 1876, charged an admission fee of 25 cents (10 cents for children under 12) for the purpose of "paying expenses and procuring library for school." The featured speaker was Edwin Warfield, Esq., later to become governor of Maryland.
[Source: A Pictorial History, Howard County, Joetta M. Cramm.]