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Preston Community Club opens Little Free Library

Apr 27, 2016

DAZE events  2023 flyerMembers of the Community Club of Preston cut the ribbon for the new Little Free Library under the pavilion at James T. Wright Park on Backlanding Road.

PRESTON - The Community Club of Preston and members of the town celebrated the installation of the Little Free Library on Tuesday, April 19.

The Little Free Library is located under the pavilion at James T. Wright Park on Backlanding Road, next to the town office. Officially registered with the Little Free Library organization as Little Free Library No. 37123, it joins Little Free Libraries located across the world in 80 countries.

"With what the community club has done, it gives our community a place to come and read without having to travel all the way to Denton to get a new book," said Preston Town Commission Vice President Jerry Stallings. "Our citizens can come right here and enjoy the park on a nice day. They have shade from the pavilion."

“I want to thank the ladies of the community club for this great idea,” said Town Commissioner Gary Waltemeyer. “They did a great job. The Little Free Library will serve the community well."

The library was constructed and painted by Kevin Coulbourne, the artwork and lettering was done by Cindy Zepp Prag.

A visitor can come to the library and select a book they wish to read without having to check the book out. The visitor then returns the book after they are finished reading it. New book additions are welcomed to be donated to the library as well.
"To thank everyone involved in its creation, we need to go back to the beginning," said Community Club of Preston member Tammy Coulbourne. "That means going back to 1923, when the Community Club of Preston was first formed. We can't know what those ladies envisioned for the future, if they even thought of a world after the 20th century, but they can be proud of what the community club has done for the town of Preston over the last 93 years.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to those ladies and the ladies who maintained the club all these years,” she said. “We are here today only because of their hard work yesterday.

Preston-Historical-SocietyPreston Historical Society

Welcome to our website! It contains information pertaining to the Preston Historical Society (PHS), an organization dedicated to serving as a doorway to the past of the town of Preston, Maryland as well as to the neighboring communities of Linchester, Harmony, Choptank, Jonestown, Bethlehem and Tanyard, all areas that fall in the 21655 and 21609 zip codes. Browse this site to read about the history of this organization, to see photos that are part of the PHS collection, to stay up to date on our our upcoming meetings and events, learn how to join PHS, how to support PHS through monetary donations, and how to help expand the collection of the PHS by loaning or donating items to the PHS museum. For more information on PHS feel free to contact us via email on our Contact Us page, or by contacting the individuals listed on the page directly.

PHS is located at 167 Main Street in Preston, near the intersection of Main Street and Harmony Road. If traveling on Main Street, turn onto Harmony Road; our parking lot and entrance is on the right, just behind Mike's Corner Store. If traveling from Harmony Road, our parking lot and entrance is on the left, just past Car-O-Lin Court.

James H. Webb Cabin

Location:Grove Road, Preston, MD

James Webb, a free African-American farmer, built this hand-hewn log home in 1852. He lived here with his enslaved wife, Mary Ann, and their four children, Charles, Elizabeth, John and Ann, and Webb’s father, Henry. The Webbs were members of Mount Pleasant Church. This one-room log cabin, with its “potato hole,” open fireplace and loft accessed by a crude ladder, was made from materials found at hand or nearby. Built on ballast stones from ships, it stands near the Choptank River, Hog Creek and several roads including Harriet Tubman’s possible route from Poplar Neck. This cabin represents the kind of housing that sheltered many African-American and poor white families during the early and mid-19th century. Harriet Tubman’s father and mother, Ben and Rit Ross, probably lived in a very similar structure at nearby Poplar Neck.

Linchester Mill Campus

Linchester Mill is a historic grist mill located at Preston in Caroline County, Maryland, United States. It was built about 1840 and is a 21⁄2-story frame building sided in red-painted weatherboard and roofed with raised-seam metal. It is four bays long and two bays deep, with a two-story lean-to addition. The mill ceased operation in 1974, but houses an exceptionally complete collection of milling machinery dating from the 19th century to the mid-20th century.[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.[1]

Location: 3390 Linchester Rd, Preston,MD

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Visitors are welcome to explore the grounds of the Linchester Mill, including the Nature Braille Trail that winds behind the mill.To inquire about using the Mill campus for your next event, please contact Michael McCrea at 410-310-9202. To arrange for a tour of the mill, please contact Charles Andrew at 443-786-2549. The Mill campus will be having Open Market Days on the 4th Saturday of the month from April through October from 12noon – 4 p.m. Vending merchants for Market Day, please contact Linda Andrew at 410-310-6008. The Mill will be open for tours on Market Day.

Linchester-MillThe Linchester Mill Campus includes:

  • Linchester Mill – One of the last operating water-powered mills on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Linchester Mill ceased operating in 1979 when the mill pond dam broke after heavy rains. The structure has been described as a “treasure of America,” because its original equipment reflects the long evolution of American milling.
  • Hog Island School
  • Nature/Braille Trail
  • Miller’s House
  • Assistant Millers House
Jacob Leverton Dwelling

Location:Seaman Road, Preston, MD

Hours:This is a private residence.

The Jacob Leverton Dwelling was the “main stopping place,” a focal point around which several adjoining landowners participated in a broad stronghold of Underground Railroad activity. From their early 19th Century residence, Quakers Jacob and Hannah Leverton aided escapees moving under cover to freedom in the North. It is a designated site of the Network to Freedom Program.

The Community Club of Preston

Community Club of PrestonThe Community Club of Preston is no stranger to Preston, having been in existence since 1923. Since then it has played an active role in the support and growth of the community of Preston. The Club generally meets the third Tuesday of the month from September to June, most meetings begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Lions’ Club Building at 114 Williamson Street in Preston.

The Club’s motto is “As We Serve the Club, So the Club Will Serve the Community”. To accomplish this goal the Club holds fundraisers and then disburses the funds raised back into the community. In recent years the Club has held Christmas house tours and luncheons and fashion shows to raise funds. Some of the groups the Club has provided financial support to include, but is not limited to, Preston Volunteer Fire Department, Preston Historical Society, Preston Elementary School, Colonel Richardson Middle School, Colonel Richardson High School, Caroline County Humane Society, and Caroline County Public Library. The Club has coordinated winter outerwear drives to benefit students at Preston Elementary School, purchased Christmas gifts families in need during the holiday season, and partnered with Preston Elementary School to collect supplies for Caroline County Humane Society. The Club has helped with the distribution of tree saplings on Arbor Day and planted a tree in memory of Michaela Coulbourn on the playground at Preston Elementary School. Each Spring the Club awards scholarships to college bound students graduating from Colonel Richardson High School. Club members help at the Preston Carnival by baking for and working at the cake booth at the carnival. In April of 2016, the Club installed a Little Free Library at the pavilion at the James T. Wright Memorial Park and diligently maintains the Library, providing free books for readers of all ages.

To learn more about the Community Club of Preston and for information about upcoming meetings contact its Membership Chairperson at 410-673-1119, or visit the group’s Facebook Page, “Community Club of Preston, Maryland”. Membership is open to all, dues are $25.00 annually