Local Affairs

November 24 1877

Democratic Advocate

The Social Reunion in Freedom District. — Pursuant to announcement the social reunion, without respect to party affiliation, took place at the residence of Mr. Frank Brown, a member elect of the Legislature, residing in Freedom district of this county, on Wednesday last. About 500 persons were present, among whom were a considerable number of Republicans, friends and neighbors of Mr. Brown, who mingled with the Democrats, on the occasion, with hearty good will. Party politics were quite ignored, for the time being, and all alike entered fully into the social
character of the meeting, putting aside everything like political differences.

Persons began to arrive about 10 a. m. in carriages, on horseback, and on foot. The first object which met the eye of the visitor, on approaching Mr. Brown’s residence, was his herd of beautiful Devons, of which there was over a hundred, browsing in the adjacent pastures, along with other cattle. An adjoining field was dotted all over with a flock of sheep, which, together with the cattle, presented one of the most lovely rural sights imaginable. Upon a hill-side, several hundred yards distant from the dwelling, could be seen a wagon load of oysters containing about 100 bushels, surrounded by several large fires, at which groups of men were busily employed roasting and opening the delicious bivalves. And near by a long table of boards, covered with muslin, about 300 feel in length. Near where the oysters were being roasted were several barrels of sparkling cider, which seemed to divide the attention of the multitude with the oysters. The oysters and the cider only served as appetizers
preparatory to the more substantial feast which was in course of preparation, and which was promptly announced at 1 o’clock, in obedience to the arrangement. Two bullocks were served up at the table with about 500 loaves of bread, with vegetables and condiments of various kinds to garnish the feast. It was agreed, that, in the preparation of that feast of good things Mr. Brown had literally “done it up brown,”

Brown to a turn, sirs,
Brown to a T. Brown in rib and round, sirs,
Brown as brown need be,
And, what was even better still,
Twas browned for you and me.

Freedom district always dispenses her hospitality with lavish hand; and here was freedom of hospitality and hospitality of Freedom; freedom from business, for one day at least, freedom from care, freedom from party asperity, freedom of social intercourse, and a free outgushing of mirth and merriment and cordial good will. Two hands of music were present, the Mount Pleasant Silver Cornet Band, and the National Grays’ Band of Westminster. In addition to the abundant provision made in the open air, a most sumptuous table was spread in Mr. Brown’s residence, at which were seated a
large number of his more intimate friends and neighbors. The air was a little crisp and chilly, but the huge fires kindled upon the hillside to roast the oysters, served also to temper it considerably, and to make the occasion more enjoyable.

Mr. Brown taxed his energies to the utmost to add to the general enjoyment, and the occasion passed off to the gratification of all present. We subjoin the report of the Baltimore Gazette,
whose representative, Dr. Cole, was present:

Mr. Frank Brown, member elect of the Maryland Legislature from Freedom district, Carroll county, entertained several hundred of his friends yesterday at bis handsome country-seat. It is situated about one mile and a half from Sykesville, and is called “Brown’s Inheritance,” and is also popularly known as “The Devon Stock Farm. The estate comprises some 400 acres, and is devoted principally to the raising of choice stock. The oldest herd of Devons, imported into America in 1817, were located here. The Devon herd of Mr. Brown now numbers one hundred head. They were awarded the first premium at the late State and County Fair at Westminster. The original herd was imported by the late George Patterson, and purchased by the father of the present proprietor, the late S. T. C. Brown. On the place are also a fine lot of Percheron horses, among them the stallion Major General, bred by Col. Ficklin at Fredericksburg, which weighs 1,700 pounds. These horses also secured the prize at the Westminster fair for the best heavy draft. Mr. Brown also raises fancy breeds of sheep and swine, and operates two extensive dairies.

The residence is a quiet-looking and unpretentious frame structure, which has been occupied by the family for more than a century. It is in excellent preservation, and contains many interesting relics of the past. Adjoining the Devon stock farm on the one side is the extensive estate belonging to Mrs. James Carroll, nee Miss Florence Patterson, and on the other the estate of the late lion. Elias Brown, an uncle of Mr. Brown, who was a noted member of Congress in the days of the great triumvirate of American statesmen — Clay, Calhoun and Webster. Besides managing his own place, Mr. Frank Brown has charge of the farm of Mrs. Carroll.

The occasion yesterday that drew the yeomanry of Carroll into the Piney run valley was a social reunion given by Mr. Brown to celebrate bis re-election to the House of Delegates. All citizens, irrespective of party,
were invited to participate in consideration of the good feeling that characterized the late contest in Carroll. About 10 o’clock the arrivals
to the reunion began, and the stream of vehicles and men on horseback continued uninterruptedly until noon, when five hundred persons were assembled. Among those who participated in the rural fete were Henry Vanderford, T. Herbert Shriver, Robert Selfman. Jr., Dr. J. Rinehart, F. I. Wheeler, G. W. Manro, Dr. A. G. Hammond, Jas. Shriver, Captain J. W. Bennett, Dr. Steele, Col. J.f Brooke Boyle, Louis C. Trumbo, J. O.
Wadlow, Lewis Dielmau, Jas. H. Steele, Dr. Somerset R. Waters, Judge L. P. Slingluff, David Prugh, Dr. Wm. N. Hines and Capt. Trusten Polk.

On a lawn near the house was erected a table three hundred feet in length, on which the feast was spread. The participants enjoyed the rare repast with appetites sharpened by the bracing November air, and in a short time one hundred bushels of oysters, two beeves, several fine sheep, all roasted to a turn, together with a large quantity of bread, butter, pickles and other condiments, disappeared, and were washed down with copious libations of sparkling cider. The Mount Pleasant band, numbering sixteen, Professor John Byers, leader, and the Grays band, of Westminster, numbering twelve pieces, with Charles Stonesiffer, leader, furnished some excellent music. Owing to the cool weather there was no public speaking, and the fete was confined to a discussion of the good things provided and in the interchange of social and friendly greetings. All present enjoyed the occasion very much, and the shades of evening had gathered upon the hilltops before the large company left the valley for their respective homes.

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