Germantown, MD

Geographic Location

Germantown is located 30 miles north of Washington DC, in Montgomery County Maryland, and is considered part of the DC metro area. Germantown has a population of over 90,000 which makes it the third most populated location in Maryland. The town is bisected by Interstate-270 which runs north to Frederick and south to Interstate-495, the Capital Beltway.
 

Overall Personality

Germantown is a family friendly community with a population of over 90,000 which manages to maintain its small town feel. Germantown has several planned communities with shopping and dining centers in close proximity to its housing. Germantown is home to several business headquarters
 

Defining Characteristics

The town had its first beginnings in the early 1930's when German immigrants opened a shop at the intersection of Liberty Mill Road and Clopper Road and became known as German Town. During the Civil War, soldiers from both the Confederate and Union Armies marched through Germantown on their way north to the battles of Gettysburg and Antietam, and south to attack the U.S.Capital. In the 1960's, several farmers began selling their land to the city and significant development began. A plan for a 17 square mile downtown with, with 6 separate villages each to include neighborhoods, schools, shopping and public buildings went into action. In addition, Montgomery County College began construction of a third campus in Germantown. By the 1980's Germantown was the fastest growing area in the DC Metropolitan area.
 

Noteworthy

Germantown does not lack for amenities. In 2000 the Maryland Soccerplex opened complete with 22 fields, swim center with dive pool, 2 miniature golf courses, and a driving range. The Soccerplex is home to Washington Spirit and the National Women's Soccer League. Great Seneca Stream Valley Park which borders Germantown to the east is filled with 8 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and even horseback riding. Take the kids and spend the day exploring along the stream for tadpoles, and searching for animal tracks on one of the many trails. Butler's Orchard is a third generation family farm and market that has been a staple in Germantown for over 66 years. The farm market first opened to the public in 1950, with the new concept of "Pick Your Own" fruits and vegetables, which is still popular today. Butler's has expanded over the years and now offers hayrides, blossom tours, bonfires, bunny land and pumpkin harvest days. The Market is not to be missed with fresh fruits and vegetable, bakery items and gift shop. Blackrock Center for the Arts, located on Town Commons Road in Germantown is a real hidden gem. The center offers a full calendar of performances including music, dance, theater and educational lectures. Blackrock has 2 galleries that feature artwork from regional artists. A variety of art education programs are also held at the center accommodating toddlers, children, teens and adults.
 

Transportation

Major Route: Germantown is bisected by Interstate-270 which is a major route between Washington DC and Frederick, Maryland.
Airports: Washington Dulles Airport, located in Virginia is 18 miles from Germantown, and Ronald Reagan National Airport, located in Washington, DC, is 25 miles to the south.
Trains: MARC Train's Commuter Brunswick line that runs between Martinsburg West Virginia and Washington DC, stops at the Germantown train station on Mateny Hill Road starting at 4:45am.
Ride on Bus: The RIDE ON bus system has a major hub in Germantown and offers 20 routes throughout the town and beyond.
 

Living in Germantown

Germantown is a suburban area that offers numerous types of housing at every price point. Garden apartments with walking paths and swimming pools, townhomes that back up to wooded parks, single family homes in beautiful neighborhoods and even family owned farms. Germantown has several developments that include a variety of shopping and dining options.
 

Schools

Germantown has 14 elementary schools and 4 middle schools that feed into its 2 high schools; Northwest High School and Seneca Valley High School. Montgomery College has a campus in Germantown that enrolls over 5000 students.
 

Annual/Seasonal Notes

Annual Performing Arts Festival at the Blackrock Center - This festival showcases the talent of over 300 local students over 2 days.
Germantown Festival takes place in September. The festival hosts over 400 local  and regional artisans with everything from pottery to handcrafted wood items. Kids enjoy inflatable moon walks, rock climbing and balloon animal making clowns. The large selection of festival foods is sure to satisfy everyone.
Butler's Orchard is home of the annual Pumpkin Festival in October. Bring the whole family for a hayride and trip through the corn maze, pick your own pumpkin then end the day with apple cider and doughnut.

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