- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 14, 2006

Taneytown residents donate relics from their past

TANEYTOWN, Md. — True or false: Taneytown is named for Roger Brooke Taney, who was the fifth chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

False. Taneytown was founded in 1754; Taney was born 23 years later. The oldest town in Carroll County was named for an early landowner, Raphael Taney, who most likely never lived there.

Separating fact from fiction and illuminating the town’s rich history is at the heart of the Taneytown History Museum on East Baltimore Street.

George Naylor, one of the organizing members, said the museum doesn’t belong to any one organization. “We want [the community] to feel it belongs to them.”

Even as a youngster, curator Tyler Boone had an interest in local history. “My family has lived in the area for a long time. I was lucky enough to have my love for history nurtured by family and friends,” Mr. Boone said.

He’s a member of the Taneytown Heritage Committee and has volunteered in the Historical Society of Carroll County’s research library. He also is the author of “Images on America: Taneytown,” published by the historical society.

Mr. Boone set about contacting people he knew of or had heard of who might have items — furniture, paintings, souvenirs, artwork — to lend to the museum.

“A lot of people in the community have been involved in it. It’s nice to see people come together and share their local history and contribute in some way to that,” Mr. Boone said.

Items on display include souvenirs from a Taneytown Picnic, wrapping paper from Hesson’s Department Store, a beanie from Taneytown Elementary School, souvenir post cards, Dr. Wells remedy bottles, a plate from the county’s 1932 bicentennial celebration of George Washington’s birth and assorted glassware, including salt and pepper shakers and a cream pitcher.

“[The picnic] was actually the beginning of the Carroll County Fair,” Mr. Boone said, “which was held for many years in Taneytown.”

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