New Market Real Estate Information

New Market is a very tiny, incorporated town in the county of Frederick, Maryland. It covers a total area of just .7 square miles of land, and is home to a population of only about 500 residents. Nevertheless, New Market is considered by many to be the Antiques Capital of the Maryland.

Around 1745 when the city of Frederick began to be settled, roadways between the major cities of Frederick and Baltimore began to be developed. One such road was the National Pike, also known as the Gateway to the West, and it went straight through what is now New Market. Then, in 1954 the National Pike was replaced by US Route 40, a highway that stretched from the east coast to the west coast. In 1788 Nicholas Hall tried to plan out the town of New Market in order to accommodate the large amount of travelers passing through the area on the major road. However, he was unable to do so because of disputes with William Plummer, owner of the adjoining properties. Nevertheless, in 1792 William Plummer finally laid out 36 lots of land for construction of the new town. Then, on January 29, 1793 Nicholas Hall laid out an additional 134 lots of his own property to be added to the new town. The first 19 lots were sold June 1, 1793 and the town of New Market was officially created. Over time, churches, inns, hotels, taverns, shops, and a post office were developed in New Market, and the town was able to establish itself as a significant stopping point along main routes.

New Market’s most important claim to fame comes from its well-known nickname as the Antiques Capital of Maryland. In downtown New Market one can find rows and rows of shops that specialize in the sales of antiques as well as other goods. Many visitors come to the town in search of antiques all year round. However, there are two special days that are designated to emphasize the long history of New Market town. The first annual festival is The A Day in New Market. This event is traditionally held on the first Saturday of each May and it is intended to celebrate the traditions of New Market residents in the 18th and 19th centuries. The other annual festival held here on the first Saturday of each December is known as Christmas in New Market. This day is also intended to highlight 18th and 19th century life as well as celebrate the Christmas season.