Lions Club

Business Meetings – 1st Monday of each month at the Cecilton Elementary School. Dinner Meetings – 2nd & 4th Wed. at the Granary Restaurant.

P.O. Box 404, Cecilton, MD 21913
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Founded on April 2, 1952

President – Roy Thompson
Secretary – Sandra Pierce
Treasurer – Beverly Duff
President (Charities) – Joe Nelson
Secretary (Charities) – Ken Cowley
Treasurer (Charities) – Ramona DeFrank

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world. Lions meet the needs of local communities and the world every day because they share a core belief – to serve their community.  NATIONAL WEBSITE:

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The Rev. Duke Cabin: Can it Survive its Third Century?

By Eric F. Mease

Since 1972, a historic log cabin has resided in the backyard of the Historical Society of Cecil County.  The centuries old structure, with its Cecil County Arts Council garden, is a lovely sight, but it’s in danger of falling down.

The cabin began life on Bow Street in Elkton around 1800 and has served multiple purposes: a residence, a barber shop, a store, and perhaps even a weaver’s shop! But the cabin is historically significant for another reason. It was once the home of The Rev. William Duke, who took title of the cabin and the land upon which it stood in 1820.  He used it for both his residence and his own school.  Rev. Duke was an Episcopal Priest and the school master of at least 4 schools, one of which was the Elkton Academy.  He died on May 31st, 1840 and is buried, along with his wife and daughter, on the north side of the cemetery at St. Mary Anne’s Episcopal Church in North East.

As for Rev. Duke’s cabin, time has taken its toll.  The cabin’s structural defects were first brought to light in December of 2006 by a group of students from Harford Community College. The students conducted a study of the cabin, including its history, its physical condition, and suggestions to both repair and maintain it.  We continued to make necessary repairs and followed recommendations to deter deterioration of the logs, but despite our efforts the elements are winning.

Historical Society Board of Trustees President, Paula Newton says both the old and new problems threaten the structure’s very life.  We have consulted with a timber frame contractor and log house restoration contractor who have pointed out to the Society’s Board the critical issues as follows:

  • many logs are rotted due to age and water damage
  • openings where the outside can be seen from inside the cabin (without a window!)
  • a portion of the floor has collapsed in the fireplace room due to a rotten floor joist
  • steps to the second floor are separated from the floor planks of the first floor
  • missing chinking between logs
  • floor slopes in “school” room
  • numerous soft spots in the floor everywhere
  • worsening bow in the back wall
  • window frames are separating from log walls

The inward sagging is putting pressure on the corner interlocking logs putting them in danger of giving way.  As in any restoration, we don’t know what other issues may lurk behind interior walls, the flooring, and the roof.  We do know that without substantial repairs, the cabin’s long life may soon come to an end. And those repairs will not come cheaply.  The timber frame contractor estimated that the cost to repair the two hundred year old log cabin will top out at $150,000. The extent of the damage is that severe.

It is the society’s vision that, if restored, the cabin will once again serve as a living history museum with historical interpretation and special events emphasizing the life of the cabin, it’s historic occupant, and Cecil County.  We see Rev. Duke himself, strolling the rooms of his former home, telling the story of his life, that of his family, and the students he taught. The site and sound of school children scrambling through the cabin would once more echo off the walls of the ancient structure as the students size-up the school master’s and student desks, check out where the Dukes cooked meals, slept, and read by the fireplace long ago. These are just a few of the learning opportunities for the next generation of children and adults as we endeavor to pass on this rich history, unique to Cecil County.  But we need your help.

As noted, the cabin’s history is rich and the cost to repair it will be equally rich. Judging from the relatively quick advance of the cabin’s structural issues, we don’t have much time. Please consider making a contribution to repair, restore, and preserve this marvelous piece of Cecil County history. You may become a part of this worthy endeavor by contacting us through our web site at or call us at 410-398-1790.  Thank you.

Learning the Warning Signs of Teenage Substance Misuse

Hosted by Drug-Free Cecil and RALI CARES

Date & Time: June 27, 2019 from 11am – 2pm

The RALI CARES exhibit is a hands-on tour of a mock teenager’s bedroom designed to educate about possible warning signs of drug use and/or misuse.

Law enforcement and experts will be on hand to guide participants through the trailer, educating about warning signs, potential areas of concern, and how parents or caregivers can talk to teens.

The trailer was designed with the help of people with substance use disorders who have struggled with addiction. The trailer is a helpful tool to educate about early warning signs and prevention.

Notice of Proposed Conveyance of Real Property

Public Notice is hereby given that at the Cecilton Mayor and Council Meeting on Monday, July 15, 2019 at 7:00pm at the Cecilton Town Hall, 117 West Main Street, Cecilton, Maryland 21913, Mayor and Council will consider the conveyance of real property known as The Annex to HPC Cecilton Senior Housing, LLC for the purpose of developing, constructing, and operating an affordable elderly apartment community and an early childhood learning center. HPC Senior Housing, LLC is a Maryland limited liability company, the sole member of which is Home Partnership of Cecil County, Inc., a Maryland non-profit corporation.

Please call Cecilton Town Hall with any questions or concerns at 410-275-2692.


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