Former Names of Cities, Places, and Areas in MoCo (Part 1)

While some places have had the same name for hundreds of years, many of the areas we know and love in Montgomery County weren’t always known by the names they have now. Many had similar names, others had very different names, and plenty were part of a different area before they became their own place. Let’s look at a few below in part 1 of this series:

Now: Kensington Then: Kensington Park: In the early 1890s, Washington, D.C. developer Brainard Warner began purchasing land parcels to build a planned Victorian community– he named his subdivision Kensington Park. The 10th and largest subdivision in the area became the Town of Kensington and incorporated in 1894.

Now: Laytonsville Then: Cracklintown: Montgomery County used to be divided into districts– one of them known as Cracklin. The name originated from the popular cracklin bread, which was baked in the area. Laytonsville was incorporated in 1892.

Now: Poolesville Then: The Commissioners of Poolesville: The Town of Poolesville was technically named “The Commissioners of Poolesville” until 2010! Per the Monocacy Monacle, residents overwhelmingly voted to formally change the name to “The Town of Poolesville” in the November 2010 general election.

Now: Bethesda Then: Darcy’s Store: A small settlement grew around a store and tollhouse along the turnpike by 1862 known as “Darcy’s Store”, named after the store’s owner William E. Darcy. The settlement was renamed in 1871 by postmaster Robert Franck after the Bethesda Meeting House, a Presbyterian church built in 1820 (per Montgomery County: Centuries of Change).

Now: Burtonsville Then: Burton’s: The community of Burtonsville, originally called Burton’s, takes its name from Isaac Burton, who in 1825 bought out his siblings’ shares of his father’s land and became the major landowner in the area. He and his wife Keturah had 17 children, many of whom stayed in the area as adults (per Montgomery County: Centuries of Change).

Now: Clarksburg Then: Hammer Hill: Clarksburg is named for trader John Clarke. Before that name was given, back in 1752, a man named Michael Ashford Dowden received a patent for 40 acres from the colonial government called “Hammer Hill.” Later on, Clarke’s grandson Jamie built a general store in the area and enough people moved in that he was named Postmaster for the community.

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This is an educational short story about teens learning how to navigate when they don't feel accepted by their friends and what to do to find acceptance. Yet this film isn't just for teens. In your life have you ever felt like you weren't accepted??

Come be a part of the audience for this film! Invite your friends. Be a part of this film being produced right here in our area.

This is a social impact film that will show locally and internationally at film festivals in 2025 and also at colleges.

More information can be found here. DONATE TODAY:

https://www.filmindependent.org/sponsored-projects/ultimate-bias/

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