Rockville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Montgomery Avenue and Washington Street
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.
Erected 2001 by City of Rockville, Maryland, and
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Lost Rockville – 1801 to 1850 marker series.
Location. 39° 5.061′ N, 77° 9.167′ W. Marker is in Rockville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Washington Street north of E. Montgomery Avenue (Courthouse Square), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at Courthouse Square. 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. Hungerford Tavern (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Father Divine Birthplace (about 300 feet away); Gibbs v. Broome, et al/1931 Courthouse (about 300 feet away); Hungerford Tavern Site (about 300 feet away); Red Brick Courthouse (about 300 feet away); Rockville (about 400 feet away); Rockville Town Square (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Rockville (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rockville.
More about this marker. This marker is titled "Rockville Business District" on the Historic Rockville Walking Tour web page.
Also see . . . Take a Walking Tour and Explore Rockville. (Submitted on April 5, 2006.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 5, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,972 times since then. Last updated on June 16, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 5, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. 3. submitted on June 16, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 4, 5. submitted on July 7, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.