About Gaithersburg, MD
Located in Montgomery County, Maryland, Gaithersburg is officially known as the City of Gaithersburg with a population of 69, 657 as of the 2020 U.S. Census. It is considered a suburb of Washington D.C. and is part of the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area. Gaithersburg was established as a town in 1878 and became a city in 1968.
Gaithersburg is a city located in Montgomery County, Maryland. The city’s eastern side is home to the historic area of the town, as well as the Gaithersburg Heritage Area Museum. The east side of Gaithersburg also includes Lakeforest Mall, City Hall, and the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. Bohrer Park, a popular community recreation center and outdoor water park, is also located on the east side of Gaithersburg.
History of Gaithersburg, MD
Gaithersburg was first settled in 1765 as a small agricultural town called Log Town, located near present-day Summit Hall. This area was part of a land grant called “Deer Park” that was given to Ralph Crabb in 1725. Later on, the northern part of the land grant was bought by Henry Brookes. He built his home there, which he named “Montpelier”, starting with a log cabin in 1780/3. This 1,000-acre area eventually became part of the IBM Headquarters complex that was built on the I-270 Interstate
“Industrial”, now known as the “Technology”, highway.
The Corridor community in the late 1960s to 1970s was largely built and owned by Benjamin Gaither and his family. Prior to Henry’s death in 1807, Benjamin married Henry’s daughter Margaret and inherited a portion of Henry’s land. Gaither then built his home on the land in 1802. However, by the 1850s the area was no longer referred to as Log Town by its inhabitants, but rather as Gaithersburg.
Although Gaithersburg started out as a mostly rural farming town, it began evolving during the 1970s as more construction projects began taking place. With an increase in population came more residential areas popping up all over, giving Gaithersburg more of a suburban/semi-urban vibe and leaving its farming roots in the past. By the late 1990s and early 2000s, Gaithersburg had become one of the most economically and ethnically diverse areas in both the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area and Maryland – people from all backgrounds and walks of life called (and still call) Gaithersburg their home.