Potomac is located in Montgomery County, MD, and is a lovely and sought-after suburb of Washington DC. Potomac has, at various times, been identified as one of the best-educated and most affluent communities in the United States. While Potomac is located only 13 miles from downtown DC, the rolling fields, leafy woods, and tranquil neighborhoods make you feel like you're in the country. Potomac's public schools are consistently rated among the best in both the state of Maryland and the nation as a whole. There is also an abundance of private schools, many with a distinct educational focus. Proximate to endless high-end restaurants and shopping in nearby Bethesda, Chevy-Chase, Tyson's Corner, and Washington DC, Potomac's local Village is charmingly quaint with a small-town feel.
The Annual Potomac Days Festival has been a popular and fun family event for more than 30 years. The community comes together each Fall for a parade, car show, business fair, and lots of games and food.
Opportunities to get out and enjoy nature abound in the Potomac area. Cabin John Park, the C&O Canal Path and Great Falls Park are all immediately accessible. Within 45 minutes you can find local wineries, try out micro-breweries, take in the surrounding views on top of Sugarloaf Mountain and hike or bike a myriad of other trail systems.
Potomac Area History:
The area now known as Potomac Village is home to the first Algonquin Indian site in Maryland documented by state historians. It is believed that the Algonquin Indians occupied the area between about 1200 and 1500 A.D. They left the Potomac area as the English colonists moved west into Montgomery County from the Chesapeake Bay in the early 1700s and began farming
Edward Offutt first settled the land that is now Potomac Village in 1714 after he was granted 600 acres of land by Lord Baltimore. Throughout the 18th century, what became known as Offutts Crossroads was a small, rural community which served planters and travelers. By the early 19th century, a few small dwellings and a tavern had been built. By the time of the Civil War, the community contained two general stores, a blacksmith shop, and a post office which served a community that had grown to about 100.
Offutts Crossroads was renamed Potomac in 1881 as a result of postal officials asking for brief names and the fact that there were already several other communities in the area with the name "crossroads."
During the 20th century, Potomac experienced a period of growth. Thomas Perry, the operator of a nearby general store, built a house on the corner of Falls and River Roads in 1902. More residential structures were constructed on the northern section of Falls Road during the 1920s and 1930s. During the 1950s, Potomac was one of many communities in Montgomery County to experience suburbanization. After that, Potomac quickly transformed from being hunt country and predominantly made up of rural farms to become a suburban community, albeit one known for it's larger lots and gracious homes.
With this growth and development, many of the original buildings within Potomac Village have been demolished. But some of the old farmhouses remain, although you may have to for them with the area's suburban developments.