“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Rockville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

“Out of Robb’s Window, Montgomery County Courthouse.”

Out of Robb's Window Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, January 7, 2006
1. Out of Robb's Window Marker
Inscription. Architect Benjamin Latrobe came to “Montgomery Court House” in 1811 hoping that the fresh air would help his ailing young son recover his health. He stayed at Adam Robb’s tavern that may have been located on Lot 4 on Jefferson Street across from the Court House lot. Its precise location is unknown. His drawing is the earliest known view of Rockville.

Early 19th century Rockville had rutted dirt roads shared with pigs and livestock in 1811. This drawing shows a pig at the steps of the house across the street and a covered wagon on the cross street down the block. Small log or frame houses predominated. They were built anywhere on the lot that the owner chose because there were no zoning regulations. Note that the houses had glass windows, which showed that it was close to civilization. There were no sidewalks, streetlights, or storm drainage. Offensive odors often came from manure piles, pig pens, unclean privies, and slops thrown in the street. Since drinking water generally came from a well by the house, basic sanitation and disease were constant problems.

Like other towns, Rockville incorporated to collect taxes and provide the amenities and comforts that citizens needed and wanted. Rockville incorporated in 1860 to build sidewalks and respond to citizen needs.
Marker series.
Out of Robb's Window Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, January 7, 2006
2. Out of Robb's Window Marker
This marker is included in the Maryland, Lost Rockville – 1801 to 1850 marker series.
Location. 39° 4.981′ N, 77° 9.115′ W. Marker is in Rockville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on West Jefferson Street (Maryland Route 28) east of South Washington Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rockville MD 20850, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Richard Montgomery (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. James Anderson House (within shouting distance of this marker); 1803 Plan of Rockville and Boundary Stone (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Boundary Stone (about 300 feet away but has been reported missing); Hungerford Tavern (about 300 feet away); Maj. Gen. Edward Braddock and His Men (about 300 feet away); 1891 Red Brick Courthouse (about 300 feet away); Montgomery County Court House (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Rockville.
More about this marker. One of the “Lost Rockville – 1801 to 1850” series of markers.
Also see . . .  The Historic Rockville Walking Tour. (Submitted on January 28, 2006.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,041 times since then and 86 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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