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About Rockville, Maryland

The city of Rockville is the major incorporated city and the county seat of Montgomery County in the state of Maryland. It is located about 15 miles northwest of downtown Washington, D.C. and included in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area. Historically, Rockville was initially known for several names like Owen’s Ordinary, Daley’s Tavern, and Hungerford’s Tavern. It was believed that the name of the city was derived from Rock Creek. In the years between 1717 and 1735, Arthur Nelson acquired the first land patents of the present-day Rockville. On March 10, 1860, Rockville was incorporated as a village by the Maryland General Assembly as a result of the petition filed by the residents. Upon the arrival of Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in 1873, it resulted for easy access between Rockville and Washington, D.C. The first trolley service in Rockville was launched in 1891 by Tenallytown and Rockville Railway, which connects the city to Georgetown and Washington, D.C. and lasted for four decades. The trolley service was stopped in 1935 due to the increasing popularity of the automobile and was replaced by bus service operated by the Blue Ridge Transportation Company from 1924 to 1955. The US Public Health Service and the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has their headquarters in Rockville. The city’s major employers are Westat, Wolpoff & Abramson, Human Genome Sciences, Booz Allen Hamilton, and the Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children. The education in Rockville is served by Montgomery County Public Schools including Rockville High School, Richard Montgomery High School, and Thomas S. Wootton High School.

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