Category Archives: HISTORICAL

Townsend Plan

Written on December 6, 2016 at 10:34 am, by

In 1933 Dr. Francis E. Townsend was a country-bred physician who had gone to California several years earlier to recover his health and seek a livelihood. When the Depression struck, most of his savings were lost and he had to accept an appointment with the Long Beach City Health Office. He was almost sixty-seven when […]

Tench Tilghman

Written on November 29, 2016 at 10:10 am, by

Tench Tilghman was born December 25, 1744  in Talbot County Maryland. Tench’s great-grandfather was Richard Tilghman, a British Navy Surgeon who was born in Kent County, England. I661 he moved his family  to Talbot County, Maryland. Tench’s father James Tilghman was a distinguished gentleman lawyer   and important Marylander in his time. He was the Attorney […]

Greenback Party

Written on November 22, 2016 at 12:27 pm, by

The National Greenback Party was founded on November 25, 1874, at a meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. It was formed out of growing discontent among farmers and poor Americans concerning the amount of paper money to be kept in circulation. The word “greenback” referred to the paper money that was issued during the Civil War as […]

Battle for 96

Written on November 15, 2016 at 9:52 am, by

During the American Revolution the Patriot  siege of Ninety Six, South Carolina began on May 22, 1781, with Major General Nathanael Greene and 1,000 Patriots attempted an attack on the critical village of Ninety Six, in  the South Carolina back country. After failing to seize  the fortified settlement, they began a siege of it, which  […]

Political Parties

Written on November 1, 2016 at 10:05 am, by

Mary Young Pickersgill was the youngest of six children born to William Young and Rebecca Flower. She was born February 12, 1776 in Philadelphia and was the maker of the Star Spangled Banner Flag hoisted  over Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812. The daughter of another noted flag maker, […]

Political Parties

Written on October 25, 2016 at 9:51 am, by

The Founding Fathers did not anticipate the development of political parties in the new nation. Most of them assumed that tension and strife would be the result if any groups organized to influence government policy and legislation. President Washington often expressed his conviction that political parties were evil and should be avoided in America. In […]

Downing House Hosts Candlelit Tour of the Past

Written on October 20, 2016 at 11:12 am, by

The Downing House Museum Complex and members of the community hosted an “Evening at the Museum – Candlelit Tour of the Past” this past weekend, October 14th and 15th.  Approximately 240 people attended the event, raising $1,200.00. Volunteers portrayed various characters and wrote their own dialogue for the two-night performance.  Characters included: a one-room school […]


Written on October 18, 2016 at 10:28 am, by

Patriots of the American Revolution were also known as Rebels, Revolutionaries, Congress-Men or American Whigs. Such were the colonists of  the British Thirteen United Colonies who violently rebelled against British control during the American Revolution and in July 1776 declared the United States of America an independent nation. Their  rebellion was based on the political […]

U.S. Navy

Written on October 11, 2016 at 9:52 am, by

On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress passed a resolution that marked the beginning of the U.S. Navy. The resolution called for “a swift sailing vessel, to carry ten carriage guns, and a proportionable number of swivels, with eighty men,” to be fitted quickly, for a cruise of three months. The commander was instructed to […]

Thomas Hart Benton

Written on October 4, 2016 at 11:21 am, by

Thomas Hart Benton  was born in Hillsborough, North Carolina, on March 14, 1782. He was the son of Jesse Benton and Ann Gooch Benton. When Thomas was eight years old, his father, a respected attorney, died  of tuberculosis. At the age of sixteen, Benton was admitted to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. […]