Elkridge MD is a census-designated town of approximately 22,042 people (as of 2000 census) in Howard County, MD. It is actually situated where three counties converge; the two others being Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties. Originally, Howard County was part of Anne Arundel County, and when Howard County was created, Elkridge became the oldest settlement in Howard County. The Baltimore-Washington International Airport lies just to the east of town.
A key element in the early growth and development of Elkridge was its location on the Patapsco River. In its early days, farmers who had their own wharfs could bring their crops to the river to be loaded onto English trading ships. In 1733, the General Assembly created a community called Jansen Town at Elkridge Landing which was a community seaport dock. However, in 1825 Elkridge Landing burned as did 9 out of 10 homes in Jansen Town. Over the years, Elkridge has had a variety of industries including pig-iron forging, cotton, paper milling, grist milling, and the B&O railroad, fueling its economy.
PLACES OF INTEREST
Places of interest in this charming historic town in Maryland include the Melville Church on Furnace Avenue. It is the oldest Methodist church and was built in the late 1700s. The Thomas Viaduct is the oldest stone curved bridge in the world. Lawyers Hill was a community of summer estates along Lawyers Hill Road that was taken over by the Union Army during the Civil War. On this road stands the Elkridge Assembly Rooms community hall that was considered neutral ground where Union and Confederate sympathizers could meet for entertainment and for protection against the advancing troops. There was intense loyalty between these neighbors and none would betray another. This historic home still remains in the National Historic Trust.
The demographics information taken from the 2000 census shows that were 8,324 households in Elkridge. Forty-two percent had children under the age of 18 living with them. Nearly 56% were married couples living together, and the median age was 32 years.
Education for Elkridge, MD students is provided by Howard County Public Schools. This school system consists of 72 schools, and ranks among the highest schools in the nation on standardized performance testing. Within Elkridge there are four elementary schools and three middles schools serving the town.
ELKRIDGE MD HOMES FOR SALE
Elkridge MD homes for sale offer an ideal place to call home. Elkridge is a convenient drive into Washington DC and Baltimore. Each neighborhood has its own community center, parks and jogging trails, plus much more to enjoy.
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