Few names conjure up as much respect, admiration or praise as that of Frederick Douglass. On the 200th anniversary of his birth, Preservation Maryland is proud to remember the contributions of one the state’s most famous citizens.
Abraham Lincoln made many visits and stops in Maryland over the course of his presidency and broader political career, but perhaps none are as photographically iconic as his trip to the Maryland countryside in October of 1862.
"Tree" Joe and Donna Roberts of Timonium carry the first Christmas tree of their young married lives at the Locksley Tree Farm in the Jacksonville area of Baltimore. Dec. 14, 1981. (Jed Kirschbaum/Baltimore Sun)
Only in Maryland: Maryland’s Oldest Christmas Tree Farms
12/01/2016 By Preservation Maryland
Did you know? The primary species of Christmas Trees grown in Maryland are Scotch Pine, White Pine, Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir and Fraser Fir according to the Maryland Christmas Tree Association. Preservation Maryland works to protect the state’s cultural landscapes and supports it’s regional legacy small businesses, so this holiday season we feature three of Maryland’s oldest Christmas tree farms:
Pine Valley Farms
Sykesville, Carroll County
Originally a farm growing corn and alfalfa, the first Christmas trees were planted at Pine Valley in 1977. The Wolfe family continues to operate the farm today. Pine Valley Farms is a member of Carroll Grown, a component of the Carroll County Department of Economic Development that connects consumers, restaurateurs, and farmers to promote local agricultural heritage.
Street, Harford County
The oldest Christmas tree farm in Maryland, Jarrettsville Nurseries has been selling trees since 1961. Located in Deer Creek Valley, the farm is well suited to grow a variety of trees, including Fraser fir, Douglas fir, and blue spruce. The Nursery was one of the first members of the Maryland Christmas Tree Association and remains committed to preserving Harford County’s farmland.
Pine Valley Christmas Trees
Elkton, Cecil County
Before selling Christmas trees, Pine Valley Christmas Trees was a dairy farm dating from the 1840s. The first Christmas trees were planted in the late 1950s and included blue spruce, Norway spruce, blue pine and Scotch pine. Since selling their first tree in 1963, the fifth generation of the Underwood family keeps this Cecil County tradition alive today.
Interested in finding your own Maryland-grown holiday tree? Check out all the listings on the Maryland Christmas Tree Association website. The Maryland Christmas Tree Association is the state’s association of approximately 100 growers and retailers who have a common interest in promoting the real Christmas tree industry.