Federalsburg Heritage Day puts antiques on display
FEDERALSBURG — The Federalsburg Historical Society hosted a Heritage Day event Saturday, Oct. 20, showcasing antique items from the town.
Included was a large display for a Tastee Freez restaurant, built in 1960. The display was the first time the antiques had been displayed.
Duffy McConnell, a member of the Historical Society, said his mother Betty owned the restaurant, which now sits under the Federalsburg Family Restaurant at 309 Bloomingdale Ave. Betty McConnell owned the building from 1960 to 1991, sold the property, then bought it back for two years in 1998.
Gina McConnell, Duf fy’s wife, said his mother was well-known in the Federalsburg community.
“She was highly regarded, was a strict boss, but everybody said you learned a lot,” Gina McConnell said. “She lived by these rules of Tastee Freez.”
Duffy McConnell said he spent a lot of time working for the international company fixing ice cream machines at restaurants around the area. He said he started the mechanic work around age 17.
The couple even compiled a list of every individual who worked at the restaurant, which compiled more than 300 names.
Also on display were paintings from a Federalsburg native, class rings from all eras and a display of the Federalsburg baseball stadium, Federal Park. The stadium which used to sit on Greenridge Road hosted three minor league teams.
A biscuit maul on display during the Federalsburg Heritage Day event at the Federalsburg Historical Society museum Oct. 20.
The original Tastee Freez sign on display at the Federalsburg Historical Society museum during the Federalsburg Heritage Day event Oct. 20.
A display of Tastee Freez antiques on display at the Federalsburg Heritage Day event at the Federalsburg Historical Society museum Oct. 20. Included in this display were large steel ice cream containers, along with an original Tastee Freez uniform.
A model of Federal Park in 1948 on display at the Federalsburg Historical Society museum during the Federalsburg Heritage Day event Oct. 20.