By Kathleen Truelove
Carolyn Adams is a traveling woman. Her late husband, William, did not share her interest in travel, so after his death in 2005, following 30 years of marriage, she set out to see the world. Since then, she has visited 52 countries. Her favorite trip was visiting Machu Picchu, and there is no least favorite.
She has deep roots in Harford County. Her father's family arrived in 1678 from Nottingham, England. She was born and raised in Wilna (now subsumed into Joppa) and developed an interest in local history and genealogy, writing a whole issue of the Harford County Historical Bulletin on Wilna in 2002.
Her non-traveling husband did share her enthusiasm for history and genealogy. They collaborated on several published works, including "Slave Manumissions and Sales in Harford County" and "Free Born - A History of the Adams-Beckett Family on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia." Though Carolyn and William had no children together, his six children became her family.
Carolyn also has family right here at Broadmead. Her sister, Marjorie Bedinger, moved in a few months ago. Their parents had a florist shop in Bel Air, but Carolyn has no interest in gardening. Carolyn retired after a 30 year career with the Social Security Administration where she specialized in developing technical and computer training. She graduated from Bel Air High School and Salisbury State University with a degree in history and education, and received a Master of Fine Arts Historic Preservation degree from Goucher College in 2007.