Potomac Real Estate Information

The town of Potomac is an unincorporated, census-designated area in Montgomery County in the US state of Maryland. The town gets its name from its proximity to the Potomac River, and it is home to a population of roughly 45,000 people. The town of Potomac is known for having many highly educated and very wealthy residents. In the year 2008, CNNMoney.com ranked Potomac town as number seven on its list of the most affluent towns in America. This put Potomac just one place ahead of its neighboring town, McLean, Virginia. In addition, Forbes magazine also ranked Potomac as number seven on its list of the most well educated small towns in America. Many of the residents who live and own property in Potomac also work for government agencies and Congress in Washington DC.

Back in 1716, the local Canaze Indian tribe constructed the Tehogee Indian Trail for travelling across their properties. In modern times Potomac town’s River Road still follows along the same route of the original trail. Several years after formation of the trail, settlers began to arrive and farm on the land. In 1829, construction on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal was finished making ease of travel even greater. This area came to be known as the Offutts Crossroads. Builders laid the cornerstone in this area and changed the name to Potomac, after the river that passes right by it. All around the town of Potomac, one can still find posts for tying horses to. These posts date back all the way to the early 1900’s.

Potomac covers a total area of 26.6 square miles. The geographical center and unofficial focal point of Potomac town is Potomac Village. This village is located at the intersection of Maryland State Highway 189, also known as Falls Road, and Maryland State Highway 190, also known as River Road. In Potomac Village, one can find a small variety of businesses and upscale shops. There are also two gas stations, two grocery stores, and the Saint Francis Episcopal Church contained within Potomac Village.

One of the main attractions to the town of Potomac, Maryland is its annual celebration, Potomac Day. This event is held around the middle of each October, and it is intended to celebrate the community’s traditions and history as well as the happenings of the year. All the local businesses and community residents participate in the festivities, which usually include a parade, food vendors, a crafts show, and many free giveaways. Traditionally, Potomac Day is held in the town center, Potomac Village.