Montgomery Avenue and Washington Street

Montgomery Avenue and Washington Street (HMT6L)

Location: Rockville, MD 20850 Montgomery County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 5.061', W 77° 9.167'

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Rockville grew from a convenient crossroads meeting place in the 1750s to become the legal and market center of the county. The tiny village was selected as the seat of local government in 1776 for its central location and the presence of taverns and inns to accommodate those with court business. Rockville was incorporated in 1860.

Rockville's businesses were not separated from the residential areas as today. Craftspeople and merchants often lived on the second story or next to their businesses. However, proximity to the Court House influenced many hotels, inns, and businesses to locate along Montgomery Avenue, Commerce Lane (now West Montgomery Avenue), and Washington Street. The area consisted of a variety of uses, including brick institutional buildings, small frame residences, 19th century hotels, and small businesses. The area of North Washington Street just north of Middle Lane was the location of the earliest black settlement in the town.

In the 1950s, increased traffic, lack of parking, and economic problems led City officials to redevelop the 46-acre area by demolishing most of the old buildings and replacing them with an enclosed mall. The Rockville Mall was razed in 1995 in an effort to revitalize the Town Center.
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HM NumberHMT6L
Series This marker is part of the Maryland: Lost Rockville – 1801 to 1850 series
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Year Placed2001
Placed ByCity of Rockville, Maryland, and the Rockville Historic District Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 1:44pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 313799 N 4328343
Decimal Degrees39.08435000, -77.15278333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 5.061', W 77° 9.167'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 5' 3.66" N, 77° 9' 10.02" W
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Area Code(s)240, 301, 410, 202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1-57 N Washington St, Rockville MD 20850, US
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