History Tour is now open!

The Friendsville Interactive History Tour opened on July 1st. 18 Signage markers are now installed and the main kiosk at the hiker and boater parking lost has tour brochures and a big map of the town showing the marker locations. The website is live and a few videos are still being uploaded.

INFORMATION ON RIBBON CUTTING AND OPENING CELEBRATION COMING SOON!

Kendall Trail Gateway Project Update 6-14

Friendsville has a unique opportunity to really seize the day by utilizing and improving its existing resources and capture a part of Maryland’s 17 billion dollar tourism industry. Approx 20,000 – 30,000 cars pass right by Friendsville everyday. One way to take advantage of this traffic is to provide unique and memorable places for visitors to explore, discover and visit. The Wildlife Viewing Platform would be a new amenity for the town. It’s a way to introduce people to the Kendall Trail and give folks that can’t hike into the wildlands a taste of nature.

Friendsville Color Run a huge success!

What an amazing event that the Friendsville Elementary School PTO sponsored this morning.  The Color Run, with proceeds going to “Project Bundle Up”.  I volunteered this morning along with so many other great supporters of our school.  Everyone had a great time, from the kids to all of us adults.  It really shows how the community comes together to support our school.
Thanks again to all who participated, volunteered or came out to support the runners and walkers.
Friendsville Elementary is on the move!
Spencer Schlosnagle

Town of Friendsville Election Results

The town of Friendsville elections results from February 14, 2017 are as follows:

The residents elected to serve on council for a two year term are Robert H. Sines (68 votes); Fred Fox (67 votes); Sheryl Sines MacLane (66 votes).  They will serve alongside Pamela Humberson, Jerry Fike and Julia Sines as well as Mayor Schlosnagle who have one year remaining.  Other residents running for council were Herschel H. Allen, III (22 votes), Toney Artice (37 votes), Crede Calhoun (57 votes) and Joseph Sessa (44 votes) Marlene Boomer with one write-in vote. 

 

 

Friendsville History Project Update

DON’T WAIT UNTIL IT’S TOO LATE TO CAPTURE YOUR FAMILY’S FRIENDSVILLE MEMORIES!!

The Friendsville Interactive History Project is proceeding and video stories are being recorded. The project was lucky enough to interview Bill Slagle prior to his passing and project consultant and designer Crede Calhoun is actively setting up recording sessions. Familes are encouraged to help the process and get their elders and storytellers involved. Recording sessions are relaxed and can take place anywhere within a reasonable distance from town. Lots of subjects being explored.

There will be storytelling recording sessions offered on January 8th and 15th (Sunday afternoon) from 1:00-5:00PM. These will be round table story opportunities and individual story collections.  Call Crede Calhoun at 301-746-4083 for information and to get involved. Sessions will be scheduled.

Topics Can Include

  • Railroad Memories
  • Memories about Businesses
  • Memories about events
  • Funny stories
  • Recollections of what town was like back in the day
  • Memories about Friendsville pre I-68
  • Memories of Friendsville’s ‘Dodge City’ Days.
  • Sports memories
  • Cider mill memories
  • School stories
  • Shanty Town memories
  • Friendsville’s Trucking Days
  • Memories of long gone citizens
  • Family memories
  • Military service memories
  • Disappeared buildings
  • Childhood memories

Stories recorded elsewhere can also be sent to Crede for possible inclusion. Interview your relatives with your smart phone and have them tell their favorite story. The project can use them or at least archive them for posterity.

Crede Calhoun and Ina Hicks working together on the content and design of the tour.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
Develop 17 signage markers for permanent display around town denoting places, people, stories, or buildings of historical interest. Markers will be high quality metal weather and UV resistant signs, framed and attached securely to buildings or posts.

Walking Tour Map Brochure of town will be created showing marker locations and provide some historical information. Map will be designed to provide additional promotional information on the town such as calendar of events and business directory listings.

Web site Component
Each physical marker will also include a QCR CODE symbol that when read by an internet connected smartphone will jump to a specific webpahge correspoding to that marker. This web page would consist of more textual information, mores photos and embedded YouTube videos of storytellers recounting stories relating to the town’s history and/or that marker location.

Web pages will allow for an interactive experience with history coming alive with video, sounds, more information and more photos.

Walking Tour Web site and individual Marker Web Pages will be web and mobile phone friendly and be connected to current town web site via a subdirectory.

Take The Tour Online 24/7
Web site visitors can take the walking tour online even if they aren’t in town. This will be great for past residents and allow for folks from all over the world to ‘tour’ our towns rich history.

Web site will function as an ongoing repository for town memories. New videos, photographs and stories can be added anytime as resources allow. Links to Maryland History web sites and information will be included on a links page. An effort will be made to trade links with 20 other towns in Maryland and surrounding areas that have a walking tour and businesses will also have links and listings on the site.
A link to a comprehensive Business Directory Links Page will be included on every Markers Web page in the as well as links to the Town Calendar of Events page.

Long Term and Lasting Benefits
This tour and its markers will become a feature of the town where visitors and residents can interact and learn about their history. It will be a superb attraction that can help the town excite interest and encourage visitors to come for a visit. This tour will help establish history exploration as a viable theme and topic for the family travel experience.

A related Face book Page will be started by the Town to allow for Walking Tour Guests to comment and interact with the Town about the tour and town history.

The Maryland Heritage Area Authority awarded 52 matching grants this July for 2.7 million in awards. The Town of Friendsville was the number one grant submitted by our local heritage area and was one of 5 that received funding of the 7 submitted by Mountain Maryland Gateway. The Grant was funded for the entire amount requested, $14, 279.00.

 

IONA Friday June 3rd 6-9PM

Garrett Lakes Arts Festival proudly presents IONA, Pan-Celtic Band, from metropolitan D.C. at 7:00 in the Friendsville Community Park. The park will open at 6 p.m. with local food vendors available for dinner fare. Bring a lawn chair, plan to picnic.