Located in the heart of Montgomery County, Gaithersburg is one of the largest cities in Maryland and home to a highly educated and diverse population. The arrival of the railroad in 1873 spurred a residential and industrial boom, making Gaithersburg the market center for Darnestown, Quince Orchard, and Hunting Hill-and the agricultural powerhouse of Montgomery County. Rare photographs of these forgotten crossroads villages, as well as surrounding farms, houses, and mills of the Gaithersburg and Germantown areas, reveal places from the past, many of which have long since disappeared from the modern landscape. Despite the loss of a number of these landmarks, many still stand due to the efforts of the citizens.
About the Author
Author Shaun Curtis grew up in Gaithersburg and has always been intrigued by its history. He has met with countless residents to record stories and collect old pictures. As a photographer, he has spent years documenting the abandoned remnants of Montgomery County's past. In 2008, Curtis created a website dedicated to Gaithersburg's history, and he published his first book on the subject in 2010. This second volume expands the areas of interest to include places around Gaithersburg.