June 15, 2012
SYKESVILLE — The Sykesville Gate House Museum of History is hosting a free summer family series on select Sunday afternoons on the museum grounds, 7283 Cooper Drive, Sykesville. The free hour-long programs held began last weekend, and the next will be held July 8, 2-3 p.m., wit the title, "A Confederate Soldier's Story. Visitors will hear about the Civil War from ""Sergeant Smith," a reenactor portraying a soldier with the Confederate Army. The presentation will offer an interactive discussion on uniform, weapons and what it was like serving in General Robert E. Lee's army.
July 29, 2012
Sykesville's Gate House Museum of History has always highlighted the community past, but these days visitors entering the small museum can almost feel a sense of renewal and vitality as well. The atmosphere is almost as if someone came along and — at least figuratively — cleared away the dust, clutter and cobwebs. Visitors are greeted by a new display called "Making Tracks: A Chronological History of Sykesville," which includes pictures and spiffy graphics and takes up an entire wall.
October 14, 1995
MARDELA SPRINGS -- It all started with a small stack of 140-year-old ledgers in the attic.Thomas B. Taylor recorded the sales at his village store from 1847 to 1877 -- recording in his flowing copperplate who bought cheese at 14 cents a pound, coffee at 12.5 cents a pound and cotton handkerchiefs at 12.5 cents each. The ledgers lay untouched for more than a century, until Salisbury residents Howard and Louise Adkins bought the old store building."When we bought this place in 1979, all this stuff was up in the attic and it had been up there since he put it there," Mr. Adkins said.
October 7, 1990
Q: We want to convert an attic into a large dressing room and bath with an adjacent play area for our children. Because of the roof line, much of the space is broken up by recessed, dormer-style windows and a sloping ceiling. How should we handle these odd configurations?A: Judging by the frequency with which I'm asked such questions, it seems as though every attic in America is being remodeled. I've therefore become something of an expert in how to make good use of strangely proportioned spaces.
April 3, 1992
Two men armed with a revolver broke into an Eastport home early yesterday and locked themselves in the attic during a two-hour standoff with police.Annapolis police surrounded the house in the 1300 block of Colony Drive shortly after midnight after receiving several emergency calls from neighbors who reported hearing screaming and gunshots.The homeowner, William Cook Sr., met police in the yard and told them that two men carrying a gun broke in and threatened his family, police said.When the officers identified themselves, Cook's 17-year-old daughter, Tawana, ran screaming out the front door, while the two suspects drew back from the windows, police said.
November 25, 1992
A man who broke into an Annapolis home in April in search of a safe and found himself cornered by police in an attic admitted his role in the botched robbery attempt yesterday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court.Charles Ford, 21, of the 1100 block of Madison St., Annapolis, yesterday pleaded guilty to burglary, attempted armed robbery and illegal use of a handgun in the April 2 robbery attempt.Police said that Ford and Michael A. White, 21, of the 8500 block of Pioneer Drive in Severn, forced their way into the home of William Cook Sr. of the 1300 block of Colony Drive shortly after midnight.