Silver Spring in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Downtown is Born
—Silver Heritage Georgia Avenue —
Construction of the two-story brick bank cost $4,984 ($117,000 in 2008 dollars). Its opening allowed Silver Spring residents and merchants to conduct financial transactions that benefited the local community instead of customers taking their business to Bethesda, Rockville, Kensington or the District of Columbia where the nearest banks were located. The bank remained in operation at this location until 1925 when it relocated at 8252 Georgia Avenue.
In 1927, Silver Spring businessman E. Brooke Lee and Bethesda Chevy Chase Gazette editor and publisher Robert I. Black established The Maryland News as a bi-weekly, country-wide newspaper whose mission was to report "All the News of Montgomery County." The following year The Maryland News building opened on this corner at 8081 Georgia Avenue where the newspaper was composed and printed until 1953. Publication ceased in 1976.
Welcome to the Silver Spring, Georgia Avenue, one of our two original main streets, was constructed in the 19th century as the Seventh Street Turnpike, a dirt road connecting Washington City to Brookeville, Md. A village named Sligo, was 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 and Ohio Railroad station , built in 1878, formed the nucleus from which today's community radiated. The majority of these early-to-mid 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
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal marker series.
Location. 38° 59.425′ N, 77° 1.583′ Touch for map. The marker was originally on the southeast corner of Georgia and Sligo near Jackie's Restaurant (formerly Maryland News). Now its on the northeast corner near Quality Time Early learning center (formerly Gifford's Ice Cream). Marker is in this post office area: Silver Spring MD 20910, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Heat Up, Cool Down (here, next to this marker); ‘Most Lonesome Spot’ (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Enticing Business (about 400 feet away); Canada Dry Building (about 600 feet away); The ‘Mayor’ of Silver Spring (about 700 feet away); Visions Realized (about 700 feet away); Finding a Niche (about 700 feet away); The Community of Silver Spring (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Silver Spring.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. These two markers share the same post.
Also see . . . www.sshistory.org. This URL appears on the marker. (Submitted on December 27, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Categories. • 20th Century • Political Subdivisions •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 27, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 526 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on February 7, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 2. submitted on February 8, 2013. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on December 27, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.