Silver Spring in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Finding a Niche
Early Family Businesses
— Silver Heritage Georgia Avenue —
Mr. Sclar, orphaned at the age of nine, emigrated from Russia to the U.S. in 1909 and settled in Pennsylvania where he worked as a merchant. In 1926 when he learned that a community in Maryland named Silver Spring had no department store, he packed up his wares and moved. Joined later by his wife and children, his new shop was an early success with farmers who came to town on Saturday evenings to buy shoes, clothing and dry goods.
Because there were no synagogues in Silver Spring, many Jewish couples were married in the Sclar's apartment located over the store. Rabbis from Washington D.C. would officiate at the ceremonies. The Grand Leader's original ground floor bay display case windows, second floor balcony, and facade
Sidebar: Sparkling Spring to Community
Welcome to Historic Silver Spring. Georgia Avenue, one of our two original main streets, was constructed in the early 19th century as the Seventh Street Turnpike, a dirt road connection Washington City to Brookeville, Md. A village named Sligo, established in the 1830s by Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Workers from County Sligo, Ireland, was located at the corner of Georgia and Colesville Road, our other main street.
A mica-flecked spring discovered in 1840 by U.S. presidential advisor Francis Preston Blair while riding his horse Selim, inspired the name of Blair's estate Silver Spring, constructed near the Spring's site.
Silver Spring's original Baltimore & Ohio Railroad station, built in 1878, formed the nucleus from which today's community radiated. The majority of these early-to-mid 20th century buildings still grace Georgia Avenue and Colesville Road and their many side streets. Explore the area and discover the fascinating history of the pioneering entrepreneurs, businesses, and institutions that developed our vibrant and diverse community.
Learn more about Historic Downtown Silver Spring at www.sshistory.org
Erected by The Silver Spring Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal series list.
Location. 38° 59.542′ N, 77° 1.587′ W. Marker is in Silver Spring, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Georgia Avenue (U.S. 29). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8223 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring MD 20910, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Visions Realized (here, next to this marker); The ‘Mayor’ of Silver Spring (a few steps from this marker); The Burger King (within shouting distance of this marker); Land, Lumber & Lyrics (within shouting distance of this marker); ‘Most Lonesome Spot’ (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Enticing Business (about 300 feet away); Spirited Entertainment (about 400 feet away); First Bank, First Heist (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Silver Spring.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 28, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 534 times since then and 93 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on November 28, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.