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This is Buzzy's Country Store blog designed to keep you apprised of what's going on at the Store. Buzzy's is a general store located in St. Mary's County, Southern Maryland near Pt. Lookout State Park. Buzzy and Jean Ridgell purchased the Store from Jean's father Harry Raley in 1953. Buzzy operated it until his passing in 2009. His son J. Scott Ridgell is the current owner.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Tomato Cannery in Ridge

Christmas Eve and initially I was going to do something about how the pagans were responsible for starting it:
http://www.livescience.com/25779-christmas-traditions-history-paganism.html
But how's about something maybe not as Christmasy but just maybe more interesting - Pat Woodburn's excellent article on the tomato cannery in Ridge.  Here are some excerpts from his article that appeared in the Fall 2016 edition of the St. Mary's Historical Society Chronicles.

Pat then goes on to discuss Carolyn's recollections of working at the cannery and how it was once a very thriving business. 

Here is another excerpt from later in Pat's article:
(Note - you may be able to find the entire article at this link but you may need to become a  member of the Historical Society in order to access the info.  The Historical Society's membership year runs from Jan thru Dec so now is a good time to join for $50.  As part of your membership, you receive a copy of the Chronicles with interesting articles and info such as this one by Pat.) 

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