New Market, Maryland

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New Market is a town in Frederick County, Maryland, United States. The population was 427 at the 2000 census. The town bills itself as the "Antiques capital of Maryland".

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Geography

New Market is located at 39°23′1″N 77°16′24″W / 39.38361°N 77.27333°W / 39.38361; -77.27333 (39.383533, -77.273450)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.7 km²), all of it land.

History

When Frederick, Maryland began being settled in 1745, trade routes between Frederick and Baltimore emerged. One of these roads passed through present day New Market, and later became known as the National Road and the Gateway to the West. In 1954, U.S. Route 40, a major coast to coast highway, took over where the former National Road had stood. To accommodate the influx of travellers along this important colonial road, Nicholas Hall attempted to lay out the town of New Market in 1788, but was unable to do so, likely due to disputes with William Plummer, an owner of adjoining land. On August 1, 1792, William Plummer laid out 36 lots for the town. Later, on January 29, 1793, Nicholas Hall laid out an additional 134 lots. One June 1, 1793, the town of New Market, Maryland was officially born when the first 19 lots were sold. As time passed, the town established itself as an important stopping point along the route, complete with churches, hotels, inns, doctors, a post office, taverns, blacksmith shops, and other crucial services to travellers along the road.

Antiques Capital of Maryland

New Market is known as the Antiques Capital of Maryland. Downtown New Market is lined with many small shops specializing in the sale of antiques and other goods. While antiques tourism occurs year round, New Market holds two annual festivals that highlight the town's historic past. The "A Day in New Market" festival is held annually on the first Saturday in May. "Christmas in New Market" is held on the first Saturday in December every year as well. Both festivals celebrate the traditional life of 18th and 19th century residents.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 427 people, 159 households, and 111 families residing in the town. The population density was 639.2 people per square mile (246.1/km²). There were 170 housing units at an average density of 254.5/sq mi (98.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.85% White, 4.22% African American and 0.94% Asian. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.17% of the population.

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