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Crofton Maryland – A Nostalgic Look Back

When Larry and I moved to Crofton, it was quite different than the Crofton you see today.  Houses looked a lot alike with builder-level landscaping, and those beautiful cherry trees along Crofton Parkway were still just an idea in the mind of Kay Callahan, the community activist responsible for their planting.  There was no Crofton Meadows, let alone any homes near Waugh Chapel or the communities along 450 such as Hermitage and Hallmark Woods.

The closest gas station and grocery store were in Bowie…  No K-Mart (residents fought its development, as they did the Giant shopping center and others), no Seton Parish, Crofton Middle School, Crofton Post office or Crofton Park.  Staples Corner housed a little ol’ country store and not a strip shopping center.

What brings all this to mind?

I’m visiting my daughter Susan in Mansfield, Texas – about as far from Dallas and Fort Worth as Crofton is from Washington and Baltimore.  She just bought her first home there, and I’m helping her move.  Her neighborhood reminds me a lot of Crofton when we first arrived here. 

Susan’s community in Mansfield seems to be so far from everything, the houses don’t look much different from each other, and the trees are mere saplings.  There are signs along the highway advertising builders’ new homes – and those homes all look alike.  As I pass these young neighborhoods, I’m reminded of my parents’ disdain for the Bowie homes we passed on Route 50 as we drove to Ocean City when I was a child.  Coming from Chevy Chase, the new subdivision really did look pretty barren, like those in Mansfield, Texas.  

Today’s Crofton residents have inherited a community first built by Hamilton Crawford and Levitt & Sons, inside the triangle, and Washington Homes and the Richards Group, beyond the triangle, but it was molded into the neighborhood it is today by Crofton residents and volunteers:  Kay Callahan, of cherry-tree fame; Ed Dosek, who was responsible for the flags along Crofton Parkway; Bill Berkshire who rescued Crofton Country Club from bankruptcy and single-handedly saved it for our community; Dave Espie, who helped build the Crofton police, and many many other Crofton residents.  

As I drive down Susan’s street in Mansfield, Texas, I wonder who in those look-alike homes will step up and make it a special place to live, as Crofton is today.

Today’s Crofton:

 

 

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