Roses are Red…..Violets are Blue…..

There are many different stories as to how Valentine’s Day came about.
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The first theory is based on Christianity and the Catholic Church is about a priest known as Valentine during the reign of Emperor Claudius II. Claudius had decided that single men made the best soldiers so he outlawed marriage for all young single men. It is thought that Valentine did not approve and he started marrying young lovers on the sly. When the Emperor discovered what he was doing he ordered his execution which made him a martyr. Another story for this theory is Valentine was imprisoned for trying to help people escape Roman jails due to Christian persecution. While he was imprisoned the jailer’s daughter would come visit him and they fell in love. They would then start sending each other letters and it is said that he would sign them “From your Valentine”. The second theory is based in Paganism. The Pagans celebrated with a feast on February 15th that was called Lupercalia and was meant to increase the fertility of women. Priests would sacrifice a goat, they would then skin the hide of the goat and cut it into strips and dip it in blood. They then would walk through town gently slapping women with these strips to increase their fertility. As the day came to a close the young women of the town would have their names placed in a big urn and the bachelors of the town when then take one. Many times the matches ended in marriage. This tradition was outlawed in about the 5th Century when it was deemed “un-Christian” by Pope Gelasius.

But the popularity of Valentine’s Day came about during the 17th Century, by mid 18th Century friends and lovers commonly exchanged handwritten notes to each other. With the invention of the printing press cards were then manufactured in the 1900’s. In America the “Mother of the Valentine” was Esther A. Howland when in the 1840’s she started making elaborate hand made cards that were made of lace, ribbon, and scrap (colorful pictures). Today we as American’s purchase an estimated 1 billion cards, with 85% of the people purchasing the cards being women.

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Did you know?????

After doing some research through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, I discovered some very interesting information.  Did you know that Wisp was not the first ski resort in Maryland?

That honor  goes to New Germany State Park in the 1940’s they had both downhill skiing and cross-country nicknamed “Maryland’s Alps”. This was a premier destination until about the 1960’s. Today the downhill slopes have been reforested but people can still enjoy cross-country skiing.

Most people associate Garrett County skiing with Wisp and that land was not purchased until 1955 by Helmuth Heise, Lonnie Long and Dave Marple which was then known as Marsh Mountain Ski Area. With the success of this ski area the name was changed to Wisp because of the close association of Will O’ the Wisp and Mr. Heise. Mr. Heiss was always well loved in the Garrett County community and every Fall a local business person is bestowed with the honor of being awarded the Heise Entrepreneurial Spirit Award in his memory.

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Groundhog Day or Candlemas Day???

Everyone knows about Punxsutawney Phil but did you know the history behind the tradition of Groundhog Day.

It’s roots were derived from the ancient Christian tradition of Candlemas Day, when clergy would distribute blessed candles to families at the beginning of winter.  The candles were supposed to represent how long and cold the winter would be.The Germans expanded on this tradition with the addition of the hedgehog that would predict the weather. On February 2nd in parts of Europe it is still celebrated in Christian homes. It is meant to celebrate three occasions: the presentation of the child Jesus, Jesus’ first entry into the temple, and the purification of the Virgin Mary. This is not a recognized holiday in Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada or the United States.

Candlemas Proverb:

“If Candlemas Day

Be fair and bright

Winter will have another Flight

If Candlemas Day

Brings cloud and rain,

Winter won’t  come again.”

In 1887 the first Groundhog Day was celebrated in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. German immigrants to America formed a club that was called the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club and declared that Phil was the only true weather forecasting groundhog that same year. The holiday took on new life with the 1993 movie “Groundhog Day” starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell which became a part of popular culture.  Many other locations throughout the United States have introduced their own version of Punxsutawney Phil even in this area we have one, he is known as Western Maryland Murray.

So what will it be six more weeks of winter???? My guess is yes! However, I think it is best to leave the forecast to the meteorologists but then again this is Garrett County.


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Garrett County Ice Fishing Contest

It is that time of year again! The Garrett County Ice Fishing Contest has begun and will continue until March. Now that the lake has frozen over it’s time to get those reels back out and bundle up. All fish must be caught in Garrett County waters. A winner will be picked weekly and posted in the Republican. Contestants must have their fish weighed and measured at Deep Creek Outfitters, 32 Outfitter Way, McHenry, MD.

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Happy Halloween


Halloween goes back far into history.  This celebration dates back to the Celtic festival of Samhain.  Though was celebrated on November the first as a marking to the end of summer and harvest to the beginning of darkness and the cold winter. Celtics believed that the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred.  Releasing those mischievous ghosts who would damage crops and cause trouble.

The celebration of Halloween was limited in colonial New England because of the rigid Protestant belief systems there.. Halloween was much more common in Maryland and the southern colonies.  The first celebrations in the new world consisted of play parties and public events to celebrate the harvest.  Neighbors would share their stories of the dead, tell fortunes and dance around bonfires.

It was not until the middle of the nineteenth century when America was flooded with new immigrants, that Halloween truly began to become popular.  Taking form the Irish and English traditions American’s would then use this day as a way to dress up and knock on their neighbors doors in search of money or food, which this would eventually become the tradition known as trick or treating.

The late 1800’s  Halloween become more of the celebration we see today, becoming more of a community event.  Neighborhood party’s were becoming more of the tradition more than Ghosts and Witches.  This get-to-together’s became about food, games,  and seasonal costumes.   At this time it was encouraged for families to remove the frighten stigmata of the past traditions and make it more family orientated and fun.

So with that being said, Humberson Homes would like to wish you all a Happy & Safe Halloween!


For more information about the history of Halloween please refer to this link:

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Fall Back!!



The History of Daylight Savings!!

In 1784 Benjamin Franklin was said to have invented Day Light Savings Time (DST) .  His idea for DST was so that the hours of light could be used more efficiently and save more money out in the long run. 

Though Benjamin created this idea in 1876 it is an idea of optimizing the sun light as far back as ancient Rome.  In 1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt instituted the first year around DST. This change took place 40 days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

In the United States, DST caused widespread confusion from 1945 to 1966 for trains, buses and the broadcasting industry because states and localities were free to choose when and if they would observe DST. Congress decided to end the confusion and establish the Uniform Time Act of 1966 that stated DST would begin on the last Sunday of April and end on the last Sunday of October. However, states still had the ability to be exempt from DST by passing a local ordinance

The U.S. Congress extended DST to a period of ten months in 1974 and eight months in 1975, in hopes to save energy following the 1973 oil embargo. The trial period showed that DST saved the energy equivalent of 10,000 barrels of oil each day, but DST still proved to be controversial. Many complained that the dark winter mornings endangered the lives of children going to school. After the energy crisis was over in 1976, the U.S. changed their DST schedule again to begin on the last Sunday in April. DST was amended again to begin on the first Sunday in April in 1987. Further changes were made after the introduction of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.


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Sept 11 2001


Today marks the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the Pentagon, Twin Towers, and flight 93.  The staff here at Humberson Homes would like to take a moment to remember all those fallen during this tragedy.

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Happy Labor Day

flag Wishing You A Happy Labor Day Weekend From Your Humberson Homes Team!!

Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

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Summer is coming to an end!


Summer is slowly coming to an end, labor day is approaching.  August 25, 2014 is back to school for students of Garrett County.  Take advantage of some of the end of the season shopping well looking for great homes in the Garrett County area!

Whether you are planning to build or planning to buy, Humberson Homes is your one stop shop for our custom post and beam homes, modular homes, and real estate.  Stop in and visit our office located at 25254 Garrett Highway, McHenry MD 21541 or give us a call at 800-457-6777 to speak with our Agent Chip Smith.


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It’s Fair Time!!!


It’s that time of year again for the Garrett County, MD Agriculture Fair! This is a great time for all family and friends to get out and enjoy the local vendors, crafters, and farmers of our County.  Not to mention everyone’s favorite THE RIDES!

The fair officially opens on July 28 – August 2, 2014.  Tickets for the rides are $10 for every person over 36″ tall., Children under 36″ tall are $5 and all children under 2 years of age are free.  If you wish to only enjoy the shows and exhibits you can purchase a non-rider ticket for $5 at the following locations…..  Greggs Pharmacy, Oakland Southern States, Arrowhead Market, Shop N Save, Fratz Tru Value, Friendsville Pharmacy, Slopeside Market, Beachy’s Pharmacy, & Little Sandy’s (Sand Flat Rd.)

If you would like to view a schedule of events and shows  please click the link below to go to the GC Agriculture Fair’s official website. And don’t for get to check out our Humberson Homes exhibit!

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