Gaithersburg Then and Now


Local Historic Sites & Information

Gaithersburg Community Museum | Located in the restored railroad freight house, the museum features educational exhibits, old pictures and much more!

Gaithersburg: The History | Videos tell the story of Gaithersburg's history. Produced by the City of Gaithersburg.

Montgomery County Historical Society | A great place for information on Montgomery County history. Everyone interested in local history should visit the Jane Sween Library in Rockville. It's located in the old carriage house at the historic Beall-Dawson home and they have drawers of old photographs, seperated by city. The library also contains old books, newspapers, cemetery & church records, maps and videos. | Another one of my favorite sites! You can view old aerial images taken by the USDA, which were used to assess farm properties. Not all counties and states have aerials that date back very far, but fortunately, this site has plenty of historic aerials from Montgomery County, Maryland.

The Library of Congress | The LOC digital collections contain tons of high-resolution quality images from the past. Just do a search on your town or state and see what comes up - you'd be surprised.

The Mills of Seneca Creek | A study of all the mills that were located along Seneca Creek.

A Fine Collection | A weekly artifact from the Montgomery County Historical Society.

Heritage Montgomery | Heritage Tourism Alliance of Montgomery County.

Old Bethesda | High quality photographs of Bethesda taken by professional photographer, Hugo Brooks, from the 1930s to the 1980s.

Reed Brothers Dodge History 1915 – 2012 | Great blog about the history of Reed Brothers Dodge of Rockville, which recently closed it doors after 97 years in business. In 1926 Lewis Reed, the founder, and his wife Ethlene built a craftsman-style house in Gaithersburg, at what is today 301 North Frederick Avenue.



Granaries Link City's Past to Present

Fire at Crown Farm Under Investigation

Poole family auctions off historical, useful items of landmark store

Historic Store Shuts Its Doors for Good

Project Yields a Bit of Gaithersburg History

Hanson Family Farm In North Potomac Is Working To The End

Store Closing Marks End of An Era in Poolesville

Crown Farm House Demolished

Historic Schoolhouse Holds Stories From County's Past

Renovations Uncover Gaithersburg's History

Shutterbug Documents Gaithersburg's Past and Present

Farm Tools, Antiques Auctioned at Crown Farm

Land Advocate Elizabeth Beall Banks Dies

History of a Small Town - Boyds, Maryland

Rancher Leaves Fortune Inside Old Milk Cans

Developers Break Ground on Montgomery's Last Large Tract

Tschiffely Mill at Seneca

Potomac, Maryland in the 197os (photography by Larry McBryde)

Route 28: Road from the rural past to the urban present

Brief History of Crown Farm


Books on Local History

Places from the Past: The Tradition of Gardez Bien in Montgomery County, Maryland by Clare Lise Cavicchi

Then and Now: Gaithersburg by Shaun Curtis

Montgomery County (Images of America) by Michael Dwyer

Then & Now: Montgomery County by Mark Walston

Historic Montgomery County, MD: Old Homes & History by Roger Brooke Farquhar

Gaithersburg, The Heart of Montgomery County: A History Commemorating Gaithersburg’s Charter Centennial by the City of Gaithersburg, 1978.

Montgomery County: A Pictorial History by Margaret Coleman

A Grateful Remembrance: The Story of Montgomery County, Maryland by Richard K. MacMaster and Ray Eldon Hiebert, 1976.

Montgomery County: Two Centuries of Change by Jane Sween

Boyds: A Character Study by Arthur Virts