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It's that time of year when leaves are falling! Fortunately, today's rakes are much easier to handle than the one this youngster is using in this late 18800s/early 1900s photo!

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Its that time of year when leaves are falling! Fortunately, todays rakes are much easier to handle than the one this youngster is using in this late 18800s/early 1900s photo!If you have a photo to share in an upcoming PHOTO FRIDAY, email us at photos@harfordhistory.org!

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Look at the reach that old one had though.

PHOTO FRIDAY - Grace M.E. Church, South, and Parsonage

Methodism moved into what was to become the town of Aberdeen with the forming of the Aberdeen Methodist Episcopal Church in 1856. The original building was located at the corner of Franklin Street and Route 40. This congregation grew to need a larger facility, and in 1893 a new Aberdeen M. E. Church was erected at the present site of Grace UMC. The land and building were provided for by five Baker Brothers - successful businessmen in the canned food industry. Several descendants of the Baker Brothers remain as active members of the present congregation.

The advent of the Civil War, rooted in the issue of slavery, led to a division in the Methodist Episcopal Church. Although John Wesley and Francis Asbury both preached against slavery, there remained sympathizers for both sides of the issue in the Aberdeen area - Maryland being a "border" state. Thus in 1866 a group of Methodists left the original Aberdeen M. E. Church to form the Grace M. E. Church South. This building was located at the corner of West Bel Air Avenue and Law Street. The second building on this site remains vacant today but it has served several other congregations since the early 1940's. In 1939 the divided Methodist Conferences voted to merge back together. This merger was largely overseen and directed locally by Rev. Allan Gillis, the forefather of several members of Grace Church today. The merger service took place in May, 1942 when the church was renamed Grace Methodist Church. Following the merger of the congregations a master plan for new facilities had to be designed. From 1945 until 1965 the present buildings were constructed and consecrated. The present Sanctuary walls contains five cornerstones; Bush Forest Chapel; 1856 Aberdeen M. E. Church; Grace M. E. Church, South; 1893 Aberdeen M. E. Church; Grace United Methodist Church 1964 – tracing the history of it’s founding in 1769 as Bush Forest Chapel on Stepney Rd at Route 22.

The present Sanctuary was consecrated on 30 January 1966 in a service with Bishop John Wesley Lord presiding.

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PHOTO FRIDAY - Grace M.E. Church, South, and ParsonageMethodism moved into what was to become the town of Aberdeen with the forming of the Aberdeen Methodist Episcopal Church in 1856. The original building was located at the corner of Franklin Street and Route 40. This congregation grew to need a larger facility, and in 1893 a new Aberdeen M. E. Church was erected at the present site of Grace UMC. The land and building were provided for by five Baker Brothers - successful businessmen in the canned food industry. Several descendants of the Baker Brothers remain as active members of the present congregation.The advent of the Civil War, rooted in the issue of slavery, led to a division in the Methodist Episcopal Church. Although John Wesley and Francis Asbury both preached against slavery, there remained sympathizers for both sides of the issue in the Aberdeen area - Maryland being a border state. Thus in 1866 a group of Methodists left the original Aberdeen M. E. Church to form the Grace M. E. Church South. This building was located at the corner of West Bel Air Avenue and Law Street. The second building on this site remains vacant today but it has served several other congregations since the early 1940s. In 1939 the divided Methodist Conferences voted to merge back together. This merger was largely overseen and directed locally by Rev. Allan Gillis, the forefather of several members of Grace Church today. The merger service took place in May, 1942 when the church was renamed Grace Methodist Church. Following the merger of the congregations a master plan for new facilities had to be designed. From 1945 until 1965 the present buildings were constructed and consecrated. The present Sanctuary walls contains five cornerstones; Bush Forest Chapel; 1856 Aberdeen M. E. Church; Grace M. E. Church, South; 1893 Aberdeen M. E. Church; Grace United Methodist Church 1964 – tracing the history of it’s founding in 1769 as Bush Forest Chapel on Stepney Rd at Route 22.The present Sanctuary was consecrated on 30 January 1966 in a service with Bishop John Wesley Lord presiding.Do you have a photo to share in an upcoming PHOTO FRIDAY?  Email us at photos@harfordhistory.org!

It's PHOTO FRIDAY! In honor of Veterans everywhere, we remember all those who served.

We believe this is a photo of the late Lt. Col. Benjamin H. Byers of Aberdeen. The image is simply labeled- Col. Byers, VFW 10028.

If anyone can confirm this we will add the information to our records. Email us at photos@harfordhistory.org.
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Its PHOTO FRIDAY!  In honor of Veterans everywhere, we remember all those who served.We believe this is a photo of the late Lt. Col. Benjamin H. Byers of Aberdeen.  The image is simply labeled- Col. Byers, VFW  10028.If anyone can confirm this we will add the information to our records. Email us at photos@harfordhistory.org.

IT'S PHOTO FRIDAY! This is a winter photograph of the historic Grace M.E. Church South and parsonage on the corner of West Bel Air Avenue and Law Street. ... See MoreSee Less

ITS PHOTO FRIDAY! This is a winter photograph of the historic Grace M.E. Church South and parsonage on the corner of West Bel Air Avenue and Law Street.

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Jonathan McGraw

Is there a date on this? I shared in the Aberdeen group I belong to. A lot of people were excited to see this and questioned when was this taken. Love what you share here!

Happy Halloween and PHOTO FRIDAY everyone!

We didn't have any photos of pumpkins so we had to make do with this photo of an old-fashioned pump in Shawsville. Worked by hand, it pre-dates the days of all homes having indoor plumbing. The photo is by the late David Hodge.

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Happy Halloween and PHOTO FRIDAY everyone!We didnt have any photos of pumpkins so we had to make do with this photo of an old-fashioned  pump in Shawsville.  Worked by hand, it pre-dates the days of all homes having indoor plumbing. The photo is by the late David Hodge.Do you have a photo to share?  Email us at photos@harfordhistory.org!
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