Potomac is a city in Montgomery County, Maryland. It is named after the Potomac River, which is close by the city. It is only about 15 miles from Potomac to the White House. Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport are both close by Potomac, MD. This is a very educated area. Residents are considered to be quite affluent. Businesses in the area can be found in the Potomac, MD yellow pages. They are rated number seven in the top educated small towns of America. In 1714 Edward Offut was granted 600 acres by Lord Baltimore. He settled this land that is now Potomac, MD. It was called Offuts Crossroads. It was small and mostly planters lived here during the 18th century. During the 19th century some smaller buildings were put here. A tavern was built in 1820. During the Civil War there were 100 people living here.
They had a blacksmith shop, post office, and two general stores. In 1880 John McDonald changed the name to Potomac. The post office was asking places to come up with shorter names. There were already many towns with crossroads in their name. Potomac had a large growth in size around the turn of the century. During the 1920s and 1930s many people were building homes here. By the 1950s the area was becoming more of a suburb instead of a farming community. Today it is still mainly a suburban area. It is a beautiful small town setting to live in while working in the bigger cities.Today there are strip malls where many of the older buildings were. Some older homes can be found in the areas surrounding Potomac, MD. Potomac Village is an area of upscale businesses and shops. These can be found in the Potomac, MD business directory. Every October Potomac Village has Potomac Day. Residents celebrate all that is new each year. Craft shows, a parade, and food stands are all a part of the celebration. They also have many giveaways at this time. It is something people living in and around Potomac, MD look forward to each year.
Written by Lyndsey Morgan