“Take Me Home, Country Roads” was inspired by Clopper Road in Gaithersburg and Germantown. Though some believe the name of the song was going to be “Take Me Home, Clopper Road,” that has been confirmed to be untrue. Bill Danoff was inspired to write “Take Me Home, Country Roads” as he drove on Clopper Road in Gaithersburg (then a country road) on his way to a family reunion with his then-girlfriend Taffy Nivert, who also helped with the song (the duo was known as Fat City).
He and John Denver sang the song together the next night and recorded it the following Monday. Danoff has confirmed that Clopper Rd. was the inspiration in various interviews. Our featured photo is a shot of Clopper Road in 1945, courtesy of Steve Michaels. It looks a little different than the road that is part of Exit 10 on I-270 today.