Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Poolesville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Old Bank Building

 
 
The Old Bank Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 30, 2017
1. The Old Bank Building Marker
Inscription. A Poolseville landmark, the Old Bank was built in 1910. Its architectural style is referred to as “vaguely classical” and was typical of many of the town's structures. Most of the historic downtown was destroyed by fire in 1923.

The Building was used as a bank until 1964. During the Great Depression of the 1920s, a run on the bank caused it to close, but it reopened within a year. In 1965, the structure was given to the town and for many years it was used as the Town Hall.

Today, the Old Bank Building, with its ornate original vault, serves as the Poolesville Museum. It is owned and operated by Historic Medley District.

For more information visit HistoricMedley.org.

In 1760, following the trend of settlement by planters and farmers from nearby counties, town founders John and Joseph Poole bought 160 acres of tabacco land. They named their farms “Poole's Right” and “Poole's Hazzard.”

During the Civil War, because of its strategic location near critical Potomac River crossings, Poolesville saw thousands of Confederate and Union troops vying for positions in the area and marching through to the battles of Antietam and Gettysburg.

By the 1880s, Poolesville and Rockville were the largest towns in Montgomery County — Poolesville's population
The Old Bank Building image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 30, 2017
2. The Old Bank Building
was 350. Its success was based on agriculture and proximity to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, a major trade route. The arrival of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad led to the decline of Poolesville as a shipping center. Today, Poolesville anchors the county's 93,000-acre Agricultural Reserve.
 
Location. 39° 8.757′ N, 77° 24.959′ W. Marker is in Poolesville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Fisher Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19933 Fisher Avenue, Poolesville MD 20837, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Poolesville (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Poolesville (within shouting distance of this marker); The Civil War at Poolesville (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Historic Poolesville (about 700 feet away); St. Peter's Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Beallsville (approx. 2.3 miles away); In Loving Memory (approx. 2.4 miles away); African American Soldiers from Montgomery County (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Poolesville.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Century Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 30, 2017
3. Century Hotel
Built in 1826 the Century Hotel, shown above, occupied the lot where the Old Bank now stands. The hotel was destroyed by fire in 1900.
Close-up of photo on marker
Blizzard, 1899 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 30, 2017
4. Blizzard, 1899
A view of Poolesville during the Blizzard of 1899.
Close-up of photo on marker
Poolesville Bank Building image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 30, 2017
5. Poolesville Bank Building
Close-up of photo on marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 15, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 14, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 14, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
Paid Advertisement