Carroll County History

  • Lloyd Helt — Sykesville’s Forgotten Mayor

    by - Nov 15, 2016
    Sykesville was recently named “the coolest small town in America.” But anybody who knows anything about the town or its history is bound to ask, “How did that happen?” Sykesville was definitely not always cool. In...
  • Sykesville 1986

    by - Nov 15, 2016
    Even early on a Friday evening, Sykesville’s main street already looks like they rolled up the sidewalks hours ago. Other than a few cars in front of the Captain’s Table Restaurant at the north end of...
  • The Great War – Robin Frazier Versus Piney Run Lake

    by - Jan 20, 2015
    A few years ago Bob Allen and I wrote a story about Commissioner Robin Frazier’s contributions to the effort to turn Piney Run Lake into a water treatment plant. It’s time for another visit and a new...
  • In Search of Warren’s Magic Rocks

    by - May 13, 2014
    It was Sunday morning, Mother’s Day, and I went out to find Warren’s rocks. Rocks are big and old, and the way Warren described them, they were so big that just because he used to swim...
  • The Rocks

    by - May 12, 2014

    Warren Dorsey is 93, but he remembers being a boy in Sykesville and the strange magic of the Patapsco River.

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  • Was the Cauthorn House Haunted?

    by - Feb 26, 2013
    Well, this Cauthorn story just keeps getting more interesting. I wish I had time to research and write it up. Now I’m hearing their house was haunted. Here’s a picture from Fay Dowling taken in Autumn...
  • The Sykesville Giants

    by - Feb 25, 2013

    They were as poor as you could get, but they were great. And people came from miles around to play them. They were a baseball team. The Sykesville Giants. All black, and it's time...

  • Of Cauthorns and Warfields and a Time When Moms and Daughters Had Babies Together

    by - Jan 24, 2013
    Yeah, that’s a long title, but here’s what it all means. This is a comment from our friend, Marie Hood Jones, on the Cauthorn piece. Now, my question is, was the Warfield in question Wade Warfield’s...
  • More on the Cauthorn Sisters

    by - Jan 21, 2013
    It’s fascinating to watch the story of the Cauthorns take shape. Here’s a bit more from Lauri Newcomer. I knew the Cauthorn ladies as well. I also know Fay . The Cauthorns farm was around the corner...
  • Meet The Cauthorns Again – Old, Mysterious, and Elegant

    by - Jan 21, 2013
    If you scroll down, you’ll see my little sad story about the Cauthorns. I thought it was fascinating that so many of them apparently were born and then died right away or died within a few...