Residents and owners of property in the Town who were unable to attend the Forum can get some idea of what was being discussed...
The Town Planning Commission and Historic Preservation Commission are continuing to work together to improve the Town's Zoning Ordinances to prevent out-of-scale development (or Mansionization) in our Town. Your input pro or con is very much appreciated. Please send your comments on details or broad concepts to:
Founded in 1873 along a new branch of the B&O Railroad, the collection of tents and small cottages at its center flourished for many years as a private Methodist camp meeting association. Discovered by Chautauqua in the 1890s, the Grove became somewhat of an artists' colony, with plays and performances by residents and visiting lecturers. Its wide, shady streets, ornamented with Victorian-era summer houses, were for promenading - wagons were kept to the alleys. The rise of the automobile, the decline of the camp meeting and revival, and the sting of the Great Depression sounded the death knell of the Corporation, but its best traditions were reborn when the Grove became a municipality in 1937, the first and only Maryland town to be ruled by the Town Meeting form of government. In 1980, the Town was listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its unique design, architecture, and governance.
The HPC has been working to provide residents past and present with the opportunity to add "Updates & Anecdotes" to the existing house histories posted on the town website. We're soliciting input for ALL houses in town (not just those considered "Contributing Structures"). Do you have interesting comments to share about former owners, tenants or soujourners? Births, deaths, weddings? Renovations? Was your house featured in a film? Do you have a special interior or exterior photograph to share? Have you given a special name to your home?
Roy McCathran, the Town's first mayor, referred poetically to Washington Grove as "a town within a forest, an oasis of tranquility and a rustic jewel in the diadem of the great free state of Maryland."
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