...Rockville, a small, but centrally located and well-traveled town, was chosen as the seat of the county's government. At the time, Rockville did not have a name; it was generally called Hungerford's Tavern, after the well-known tavern in it. After being named the county seat, the village was referred to by all as Montgomery Court House. The tavern served as the county courthouse, and it held its first such proceedings on May 20, 1777.
In 1784, William Prather Williams, a local landowner, hired a surveyor to lay out much of the town. In his honor, many took to calling the town Williamsburg. In practice, however, Williamsburg and Montgomery Court House were used interchangeably. Rockville came to greater prominence when Montgomery county was created and later when George Town was ceded to the federal government to create the District of Columbia.
It was first considered to officially name the town Wattsville, after the nearby Watts Branch, but the stream was later considered too small to give its name to the town. On July 16, 1803, when the area was officially entered into the county land records with the name "Rockville," derived from Rock Creek...wikipedia
1906 Rockville, a banking post-town, capital of Montgomery co., Md., on the Baltimore and Ohio R., 16 miles N. by W. of Washington, D.C. Pop. in 1900, 1110. Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe
Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906 Added: 10/27/2014 10:28:59 AM - 1 Updated: -
1935 - 13 Students Die as Train Hits Bus, Carries It A Mile. TEACHER, DRIVER ESCAPE. Bodies Strewn Along Tracks — High School Party Was on Way Home From Exhibit ROCKVILLE, Md., Friday, April 12.— An express train last night crushed into wreckage a school bus, bringing a death toll estimated by police at thirteen.
Physicians and police placed the known death toll at that figure shortly after the accident, but the Baltimore offices of the Baltimore & Ohio ...Read MORE...
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