Taylor visited Laurel in July, 1849.
His visit was supposed
to be a vacation, but he was discovered by the
press, and office seekers descended on the town.
Taylor visited Capron's
farm and the mill.
The community threw a
Grand Ball in his honor in the Assembly Rooms,
attended by Laurel's leaders and mill workers
"Turning to me he [the
President] remarked...that he understood...he was to
meet the operatives of the place....I assured him
that every individual present...he had witnessed the
day before engaged in some part of the work he had
inspected. " Horace Capron
Autobiography p. 74.