Middleburg/Mason-Dixon
Line Historical Society


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Directions to our meetings.

From the North
Travel south on I-81 to PA exit # 1 Mason-Dixon Line
Merge right onto PA 163 
Go to the STOP sign, US 11
The Ruritan Park is straight across US 11

From the South
Travel north on I-81 to PA exit # 1 Mason-Dixon Line
At the traffic light turn left on PA 163
Go to the STOP sign, US 11
The Ruritan Park is straight across US 11
Last updated  2019.01.08   2110
The Middleburg/Mason-Dixon Line
Historical Society

Welcome to our February Meeting. Our guest speaker will be Mr. Gary Johnson. Gary's career
was spent in areas of Naval Aviation. He is an avid historian and resides in Fayetteville, PA.

Gary's topic for the evening will be:

" Whipped For Wife Beating "

Wife beating has occurred throughout history, stemming from the notion that a woman was considered to be the husbands property, and could disciplined as he saw fit.
This common practice existed in America until 1850. After the 1850's individual states began to enact laws to protect wives from such abuse. Maryland and Delaware were the only states to attempt to stop this practice by subjecting the husband to a public whipping if he was convicted of such a crime. This presentation will address the history of this law in Maryland and Pennsylvania, and look at local incidents. 
The law was last used in 1952  

As usual, tasty refreshments will be served following the program. The evening is FREE and everyone is welcome.