Gaithersburg

What is now Gaithersburg was originally settled in 1766 as a small farm settlement known as Log Town near a 1725 land grant called “Deer Park”. The northern portion of the land grant was purchased by Henry Brookes who built his home there in the late 1780’s - early 1790’s and named it Montpelier. His son-in-law, Benjamin Gaither, inherited a portion of that land and built a home there in 1802. By the 1850’s the area became known as Gaithersburg.

The Forest Oak Post Office, named for a large tree in town, was located in Gaither’s store in 1851. However, when the railroad was built through town the new train-stop was called Gaithersburg, the first time it was officially recognized as the name of the community. Gaithersburg boomed during the late 19th century as grain elevators, churches, schools, stores and hotels were built to accommodate the increasing prosperity. In 1873 the B&O Railroad constructed a station at Gaithersburg designed by Ephraim Francis Baldwin as part of his well-known series of Victorian stations in Maryland. Increased growth continued and on April 5, 1878 the town was officially incorporated as the City of Gaithersburg.

In 1899, Gaithersburg was selected as one of six global locations for the construction of an International Latitude Observatory as part of a global project to measure the Earth’s wobble on its polar axis. The Gaithersburg Latitude Observatory is (as of 2007) the only National Historic Landmark in the City of Gaithersburg. This observatory and the five others located in Japan, Italy, Russia, California and Ohio gathered information that is still used by scientists today. The Gaithersburg station operated until 1982 when computerization rendered the manual observation obsolete.

Gaithersburg is divided into east and west sections which are separated by Interstate 270. The eastern section is the original portion of town where most of the historic landmarks and buildings are located. The majority of landmarks are located in the historic central business district called “Olde Town”. The east side contains City Hall, the historic and still-functioning train station, several preserved original Olde Town buildings, the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, and an accumulation of modern commercial and corporate facilities anchored around a retail facility called Lakeforest Mall.

The west side of the city has many wealthier neighborhoods that were designed with smart growth characteristics that embrace New Urbanism. These communities include the award-winning Kentlands community, the Lakelands community, and the Washingtonian Center known as “Rio”. Other New Urbanism communities under development are Crown, the Parklands (Watkins Mill Town Center), and the massive “Science City”. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is headquartered in Gaithersburg directly west of Interstate 270. Other major employers in the city include IBM, Lockheed Martin, MedImmune (now owned by AstraZeneca), and Sodexo.

Gaithersburg is home to several corporations, unique neighborhoods, wildlife preserves, green spaces, abundant retail, dining, cultural and recreational amenities that help establish Gaithersburg as a nationally ranked, “Best Place to Live in America”. 

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