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Germantown, Maryland

Germantown is located in central-western part and is the third largest city in the U.S. State of Maryland. Germantown is located approximately 25 miles outside of Washington DC. The city is largely suburban in nature. It is the home to a major installation of the U.S. Department of Energy. Germantown is actually not incorporate as a city. If it was, it would be the second largest incorporated city in Maryland.

To See And To Do In Germantown

  • The Germantown Oktoberfest
  • Black Hill Regional Park
  • Black Rock Center for the Arts
  • Butler's Orchard

History Of Germantown - Timeline

Around 1790, the three brothers Zachariah Waters, William Waters and Basil Waters were the first to settle in what is now known as Germantown. They grew tobacco, wheat, corn, and flax. In 1815, Thomas Hilleary built a grist mill and a saw mill. The first church was built in 1845. In the 1850s, a post office was opened. In 1864, a Baptist Church was built. The Seneca Schoolhouse was established in 1865.

Also in 1865, George Atzerodt was captured in the town. He was to assassinate Vice President Andrew Johnson but lost his nerve and fled on the night of the Lincoln assassination. In 1868, a school was built.

In 1873, the railroad opened in Germantown and the town became a railroad town instead of a little farming/tobacco town. The first train station was built in 1878. A steam-powered mill was built in 1888. The first bank opened in 1922. In 1958, the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission relocated from its location in downtown Washington D.C. to Germantown. In 2000, the sports complex "Maryland SoccerPlex" opened.