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Rockville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

1803 Plan of Rockville and Boundary Stone

Lost Rockville - 1801 to 1850

 
 
1803 Plan of Rockville and Boundary Stone Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, January 7, 2006
1. 1803 Plan of Rockville and Boundary Stone Marker
Inscription.  Rockville began when Owen's Ordinary, an inn and tavern, was established in this area around 1750. It functioned as the seat of lower Frederick County and in 1776 became the seat of Montgomery County when it was created. In 1784, William P. Williams subdivided 45 acres of his land into building lots and called it "Williamsburgh." Fifteen years later, structures had been built on 38 lots. The Williamsburgh plat had legal problems and in November 1801, the Maryland General Assembly directed that the lots be resurveyed and a town erected "to be called Rockville." The town plan was recorded in 1803.

This boundary stone, with the letters "B.R." incised, marks the "Beginning of Rockville" shown in the lower right of the plan at the southeast corner of Block I, lot 1. The plan has a grid pattern of six streets, 19 blocks, and a total of 85 lots. The Court House lot fits into the notch on the right border in Block VIII.

For many years, the boundary stone was neglected, half-buried in the weeds of an undeveloped lot. It resurfaced when the Rockville Library was built in the 1950s. It was placed near its original location in 1961
1803 Plan of Rockville image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 10, 2007
2. 1803 Plan of Rockville
Close-up of image on marker
Click or scan to see
this page online
where it serves as an everyday reminder of the modest beginnings of Rockville.
 
Erected 2001 by City of Rockville, Maryland and The Rockville Historic District Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraPolitical SubdivisionsSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Maryland, Lost Rockville – 1801 to 1850 series list. A significant historical month for this entry is November 1801.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 39° 4.925′ N, 77° 9.099′ W. Marker was in Rockville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker was at the intersection of Vinson Street and Maryland Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Vinson Street. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Rockville MD 20850, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Boundary Stone (here, next to this marker); Boundary Stone of Rockville (here, next to this marker); Montgomery County Jail (within shouting distance of this marker); “Out of Robb’s Window, Montgomery County Court House.” (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Richard Montgomery (about 400 feet away); Christ Episcopal Church (about 400 feet away); Memorial to the Events of September 11, 2001
BR (Beginning of Rockville) image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 10, 2007
3. BR (Beginning of Rockville)
Detail of the 1803 Plan of Rockville
Close-up of image on marker
(about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Christ Episcopal Church (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rockville.
 
More about this marker. One of the "Lost Rockville – 1801 to 1850" series of markers.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has been replaced with the linked marker.
 
Boundary Stone Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 10, 2007
4. Boundary Stone Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 11, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,552 times since then and 27 times this year. Last updated on May 28, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on January 11, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   2, 3, 4. submitted on March 26, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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Jul. 30, 2021