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Here's something a little different for this week's PHOTO FRIDAY post. From the image collection of the Historical Society of Harford County comes this unknown artist's rendering of the 1858 fire of the Bel Air Courthouse. The building in the background was the original Masonic lodge. The Courthouse and Masonic Lodge were both rebuilt. The Lodge was eventually demolished when the Courthouse was expanded.

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Heres something a little different for this weeks PHOTO FRIDAY post. From the image collection of the Historical Society of Harford County comes this  unknown artists rendering of  the 1858 fire of the Bel Air Courthouse. The building in the background was the original Masonic lodge.  The Courthouse and Masonic Lodge were both rebuilt.  The Lodge was eventually demolished when the Courthouse was expanded.Do you have a photo to share for an upcoming Photo Friday?  Email us at photos@harfordhistory.org!

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That's when a lot of Harford County records were lost to the fire.

Was the cause of the fire identified?

IT'S PHOTO FRIDAY! Today's photo showcases the Ma & Pa Railroad station that stood on North Main St across from what is now the Mill at Bel Air. This photo was taken around 1911. The railway served the postal service, canneries, dairy farmers and passengers traveling to the Teachers College (aka Towson University), shopping district on Howard Street in Baltimore and travelers for day trips in the country.

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ITS PHOTO FRIDAY! Todays photo showcases the Ma & Pa Railroad station that stood on North Main St across from what is now the Mill at Bel Air.  This photo was taken around 1911. The railway served the postal service, canneries, dairy farmers and passengers traveling to the Teachers College (aka Towson University), shopping district on Howard Street in Baltimore and travelers for day trips in the country.We want to see your photos!  If you have a Harford County photo to share, email us at photos@harfordhistory.org!

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Alas, when our house burned in 1961 we lost ALL of our historic photos and most of our family’s, as well. So I enjoy seeing these online and I can remember some images we lost long ago. Much appreciated!

Which window leads to Walter H’s bedroom? 🚂

Love it

Cool

IT'S PHOTO FRIDAY! In support of the Historical Society's Oct. 10th online genealogy event, we present this image of the John Gross family.

John Gross owned two farms, the first of which was located at Sharon. That farm was the site of the famous Sharon Trestle of the Ma & Pa rail line.

It was known as the tallest and most curved trestle, and the excursion trains would drop visitors off there so that they could photograph the train as it crossed the trestle.

Gross later relocated to Jarrettsville where this photo was taken. He is standing closest to the porch. His wife is to his right. Others in the photo are unidentified.

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ITS PHOTO FRIDAY!  In support of the Historical Societys  Oct. 10th online genealogy event, we present this image of the John Gross family.John Gross owned two farms, the first of which was located at Sharon. That farm was the site of the famous Sharon Trestle of the Ma & Pa rail line.It was known as the tallest and most curved trestle, and the excursion trains would drop visitors off there so that they could photograph the train as it crossed the trestle.Gross later relocated to Jarrettsville where this photo was taken. He is standing closest to the porch. His wife is to his right. Others in the photo are unidentified.Do you have a photo to share for an upcoming photo Friday?  E-mail us at photos@harfordhistory.org!

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John Gross

I think you are referring to the famous "Gross Trestle" (often mislabeled as the Sharon Trestle...which was a much smaller trestle a little north of Gross).

Would this photo been taken around 1885? I’m trying to date it, using clothing as a guide.

You are teasing us. Is this home still standing? Year of photo?

Do you have a picture of the Sharon trestle? Please post if so

Susan Stevenson is this your grparents side

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IT'S PHOTO FRIDAY!

In Honor of tomorrow's running of the Preakness Stakes we feature the late Adolphe Pons, founder of Bel Air's Country Life Farm.

Located on Route 1, Country Life Farm is the oldest thoroughbred breeding farm in the State of Maryland. Other prominent thoroughbred farms located here in Harford County include Bonita Farm, Elberton Hill Farm, and Murmur Farm. Harford County was once home to two thoroughbred race tracks- Havre de Grace aka "The Graw", and the Bel Air Race Track which is now the site of the Harford Mall. Some of the sport's most prominent horses ran at Havre de Grace including Citation and Man o' War. In 1983 Bonita Farm's Deputed Testamony (sic) won the Preakness Stakes for the Boniface family.

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ITS PHOTO FRIDAY!In Honor of tomorrows running of the Preakness Stakes we feature the late Adolphe Pons, founder of Bel Airs Country Life Farm.Located on Route 1, Country Life Farm is the oldest thoroughbred breeding farm in the State of Maryland.  Other prominent thoroughbred farms located here in Harford County include Bonita Farm, Elberton Hill Farm, and Murmur Farm.  Harford County was once home to two thoroughbred race tracks- Havre de Grace aka The Graw, and the Bel Air Race Track which is now the site of the Harford Mall.  Some of the sports most prominent horses ran at Havre de Grace including Citation and Man o War. In 1983 Bonita Farms Deputed Testamony (sic) won the Preakness Stakes for the Boniface family.Do you have a photo to share for an upcoming PHOTO FRIDAY? Email us at photos@harfordhistory.org!

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that tex was from my mother in law

I wish I could remember my grandfather, he died on Christmas Day when I was a year old. He was quite an incredible man!

Wow! What a great family legacy. Thanks for sharing!

A great heritage for Josh and Andy

My grandfather was an awesome man I spent quite a few times at the track with him. Bobbie Pons

Love these local histories.

Mu ked a few stalls at CLF.

I had a descendant of Saggy.

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