Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Kevin Dayhoff Eagle Archive Mike Eaton inspired a love of Carroll living




In a 2009 edition of the Historical Society of Carroll County publication, Carroll Courier, there is a picture dated March 1, 1950, of 5-year old Sally Adams with her cocker spaniel, Ricky, in front of Hoffman's Inn, 216 E. Main St., Westminster.

The photo accompanied a first-hand personal account of life on East Main Street and at Hoffman's Inn, from 1945 to 1961. The property is now known as Historical Society's gift shop, the Shop at Cockey's.

Early history of the property, which dates back to the 1820s, is complicated and reads like a Victorian soap opera. Nevertheless, it's where a great deal of the planning and creation of Carroll County took place. After the county was formed, Cockey's served for many years as part of the seat of county government.

"In 1922 Frank and Mary Hoffman bought the building and it became Hoffman's Inn and Boarding House. It was inherited by their daughter and operated by Thelma Hoffman until 1969."


William Granville "Mike" Eaton lived on the third floor of Hoffman's Inn for many years. Eaton came to Westminster in 1926 to attend then-Western Maryland College, now McDaniel, where he graduated in 1930. It was in that year that he began his teaching career at Elmer A. Wolfe High School in Union Bridge… http://www.baltimoresun.com/explore/carroll/neighborhoods/westminster/ph-ce-eagle-archive-0317-20130313,0,5153633.story



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