In the early 1960s, architect and visionary Clarence Kettler and his brothers, Milton and Charles, dreamed of building a unique new town modeled after a European planned community. This town would be family oriented and would emphasize recreation with open space and a sense of community. With careful planning, their vision, which included schools, places of worship, a golf course, shopping areas, and recreational amenities, was realizedMontgomery Village. Over time, as the Village grew, farms were replaced by well-manicured residential areas and mature trees. Each community adheres to architectural standards and community covenants set by the developers to help maintain continuity and home values. Today, more than 40,000 people call Montgomery Village home. Montgomery Village takes pride in its active volunteers, parks, and recreational facilities and its commitment to maintain and enhance the natural environment and coexist with our many species of wildlife. Though no longer a new town, the Village continues to serve as an admirable and viable model for communities everywhere. The year 2011 marks Montgomery Village’s 45th anniversary.
About the Author
Images of America: Montgomery Village was assembled by the ad hoc Historical Book Committee from the Montgomery Village Foundation archives and the community and illustrates the developers’ original motto, living the good life.