Welcome to the Guide
It is hard, when you're stuck in traffic on Interstate 270 or Rockville Pike, or somewhere on Wisconsin Avenue, to imagine that Montgomery County was once a rural community.
With steady growth and changes, we know how confusing the place can be, which is why this Guide is produced each year, as something that we hope helps you make sense of this county of nearly 1 million people, its three large cities and its towns. We've also included information about neighboring Frederick County.
What you will find in these pages is a mosaic of governments, events, activities and opportunities for participation and enjoyment. We have tried to include places that might be your favorites or might become your favorites once you know about them.
Our essay takes a look at the history of Montgomery County, offering a glimpse of some of its significant changes since it was formed in 1776.
Of course, there are special features, too: a look at the Washington area's professional sports teams, where to go for theater and places to shop. Food writer Nancy Lewis lists some places where you can go to find good and interesting eats.
The regular features of the Montgomery Extra were suspended this week to make room for the Guide. We hope it is something that you'll use throughout the year.
Next week, the regular features will be back.
Enjoy the Guide. We welcome your comments and suggestions about the Guide. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-334- 6005.
-- Mae Israel, Editor, Montgomery Extra
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In Once-Rural Montgomery, a Rich History
It’s been 231 years since Montgomery was created. The county’s history is rich with tales of early settler families such as the Pooles, Gaithers and Clarkes and those who followed them to help shape the local culture. ... READ MORE
Heroes, Drunkards and Royalty — Captured in County Names
It would have been hard for Richard Montgomery to visit every place in the United States named after him. First of all, there are a lot of them, at least 18 counties and towns. Second of all, he was dead. ... READ MORE
Maryland Weathers Slump in Housing Market
Fast growth and comparatively moderate housing costs helped home price appreciation in Prince George’s County blast past the rest of the area last year, even as the real estate market wallowed in most of the nation. ... READ MORE
More resources in the Montgomery Extra
Everything you need to know about Montgomery County -- government, emergency and other services, utilities, health care, food, recreation and performing arts ... READ MORE IN THE COMMUNITY GUIDE
Getting Around the Washington Area