Town of Thurmont in Frederick County MD

Thurmont Seal Patch GIFThurmont Maryland is a town located in Frederick County near the intersection of US Route 15 and MD route 77. Originally incorporated in 1751 as the town of Mechanicstown its name was officially changed to Thurmont by act of the Maryland Assembly in 1894.

The original town of Mechanicstown was laid out in lots by James and Lawrence Creager and first settled by the Weller family from Berks County PA. By 1800 the town included its own tavern for travelers to and from Hagerstown.

Included in the history of Thurmont is the distinction of it being the first location in the United States at which friction matches were produced. Thurmont resident Joseph Weller successfully discovered the ingredients needed to manufacture friction mathes in 1825 and began to produce them for retail use.

Situated along Hunting Creek the town was established in part for its elevated location and romantic scenery at the foot of the Catocin spur of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This choice of location, coupled with the arrival of the Western Maryland Railroad in 1872 allowed the town to become a popular destination summer resort for resdents of the Baltimore area.

The arrival of the railroad would also spur the need to change the name of this small town from Mechanicstown to Thurmont due to confusion over many small towns with similar names. The name Thurmont was chosen by residents to signify the location of the town at "the gate of the mountain" based on the railroad passthrough built through the mountains by the Western Maryland Railroad.

Thurmont MD (2)Today the town of Thurmont is home to about 6,170 people according to the 2010 US Census. Thurmont town limits include about 3.1 sq miles of land, many local businesses and several churches. Thurmont offers three recreation parks; East End Park, Thurmont Park and the Eyler Rd Recreation area. The town retains many historic buildings and is a great place to visit.

The Thurmont Town Offices and Thurmont Police Department are located at 10 Frederick Road, Thurmont. Hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. Phone - 301- 271- 7313

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External links for Thurmont MD:
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