Historical Society Lecture Remembers Petersville

The next presentation in the 2016 Lovettsville Historical Society’s lecture series will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 17, at St. James United Church of Christ.

Jody Brumage will speak on “The Forgotten Story of Petersville,” a small community just north of Brunswick, MD.

Lovettsville Historical Society Vice President Ed Spannaus said Petersville is one of the oldest and yet least known communities in the Middletown Valley. Most people from Lovettsville, he said, know it just as a small crossroads where Rt. 79 and Rt. 180 intersect on the way to Frederick, MD.

But for all its lack of high profile, Spannaus points out it has regional distinction. It has been home to two governors of Maryland—Thomas Sim Lee and Francis Thomas—and possessed historic religious institutions, as well as being the site of significant educational advances in the region. It also sits in some of the best preserved agricultural land in Frederick County and still retains its Tidewater charm.

Brumage is historian and curator of the South Mountain Heritage Society in Burkittsville, and will present new discoveries about the history of the Petersville community and its regional and national significance.

Admission to the lecture is free, but donations to the tax-exempt organization are welcome to help defray expenses of the program. The church is located at 10 E. Broad Way in Lovettsville. For more information, contact Spannaus at 540-822-9194 or 703-727-9758.

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