Cecil County Village of Sylmar Examined in New Title, Edge Effects

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1902-03 Maryland State Gazetteer by R. L. Polk & Co.

A new title, Edge Effects: The Border-Name Place, by Dr. Robert D. Temple focuses on border towns. The author provides a fascinating and entertaining look at more than eighty north American border towns in Edge Effects. With an adventurer’s heart and a historian’s keen eye, Temple explores life on the edge and how these places have made their place in history. One of the chapters examines Cecil County’s own little border village, Sylmar.   In 1902, Sylmar, which is located on the state line northeast of Rising Sun, a population of 50 people, as  well as an undertaker (W. N. Brown), a blacksmith (Amos Whiteman), auctioneer (S. H. Dowland), a general store (Kimble S. Howard, and a number of other interests. sylmar 491

Other border villages examined in our region include, Pen Mar, Marydel, Delmar and Mardela Springs.  The author talks about finding these 80-s0me places, the adventure in exploring them, by highway, four-wheel-drive, boots, and kayak, and in encountering memorable locals: historians, farmers, waitresses, cops, forest rangers, railroaders, and ne’er-do-wells. But even

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more, he says, these places lead us to investigate concepts of borders, boundaries, frontiers, margins, and marginality, as well as survey lines, battle lines, picket lines, and color lines. Edge Effects reveals how edges shape local history-and our lives. With an outstanding chapter on Sylmar, it’s a title I’ve ordered for my personal library.


Here’s a link to more information on the title


2 responses to “Cecil County Village of Sylmar Examined in New Title, Edge Effects

  1. L.C. John Singleton

    Love the site. Also a Mason-Dixon marker is
    in Sylmar. Would like a copy of Dr Temple’s
    book. Please advise.

  2. Thanks. I’ll swing by and take a photo today of the stone, too.

    Go to http://www.amazon.com and search for the title. You can order it there.

    Or perhaps the library will have the title available soon. I don’t believe the historical society has it in its bookstore.

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