As for me, I lived on 140, about three
miles outside of Emmitsburg going toward Taneytown, in the
old Long farmhouse (I believe one of the
there now). My family lived there from 1968 to 1979. I
started the fourth grade at the Emmitsburg school, then
went to Mother Seton
Elementary, and graduated from St.
Joseph's High. Most of the family moved to Florida in
1979. My brother Jack, sister Therese, and I moved into
town. I could not stand the Big City Life and moved back
out in 1980, first just across the state line into PA
for about a year, then I lived out on Annadale Rd near
Mount St. Mary's until 1984 when I decided to make a new
start and moved to Florida.
Although I did not care for "town
life", I have always loved the E-burg area with
it's beautiful rolling hills and farmland. I probably
spent most of my childhood playing in Middle Creek. I
remember sneaking in the first swim every spring with
blue lips and Goosebumps, and ice skating on flooded
fields after a freeze, by moonlight on winter nights. I
remember walking into town during long hot summers,
(sometimes three times a day) to shop at Boyel's Store
for drinks and candy when we were young.
I remember Emmitsburg's parades at
Halloween with all the trick-or-treaters bring up the
rear. I always loved that time of year. Going down town
to the Ott House, the Palm Lunch, or out to Cornie's
Corner on school lunch breaks, was the highlight of my
high school days. Venturing off in the per-dawn darkness
to fish up at the swimming hole before Mass on Sunday
mornings, cooking breakfast over a campfire, and
watching steam rise off the water at dawn are some of my
favorite memories. I have many memories of E-burg, far
too many to mention. Okay, now I'm done rambling.
I guess I'd compare growing up in the
Emmitsburg area to the Andy Griffith Show's Mayberry.
Not quite...but close. Minus the southern charm.
Have your own memories of Emmitsburg?
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