Laurel's Historical R
Laurel began as a mill town in the early 1800s and was originally known as Laurel Factory, with nearly everything in the town owned by one company. During the Civil War, the community divided, but tried to unify after the war. Although the factories continued to operate, manufacturing was no longer the base for the city's existence. As nearby Washington and Baltimore began to boom as major metropolises, Laurel became largely a suburban getaway for people to enjoy a more quiet life after commutes to the big city for work, a trend that continued into the 21st century.
A Theater Lover's Del
Looking for a little music or drama to light up your life? Look no further than The Venus Theatre, Maryland’s largest theatrical production company. The Venus focuses primarily on the retelling and adaptation of classics was founded in 2011 by Deborah Randall. Home to award-winning productions, this theater received the Best Drama Prize by the Maryland Theatrical Association, as well as accolades for Play of the Year, Director of the Year, and Actress of the Year by DC Metro Theatre Arts. Enjoy a night out of dinner and drama throughout the year with offerings from The Venus Theatre.
A Day at the Races
Place your bets on win, place, or show and spend some time at the track by visiting Laurel Park, a thoroughbred racetrack that began thrilling residents and visitors back in 1911. The most notable races held at this venue include the Maryland Million Classic, the De Francis Memorial Dash, the General George Handicap, and the Barbara Fritchie Handicap. From 1948 to 1990, the park was home to a harness racing track called Freestate Raceway. Movie-goers and book lovers will recognize this track's name for the several times it was mentioned in the book “Seabiscuit: An American Legend.”