About Olney

Olney is a Maryland suburb of Washington, DC, located about 20 miles due north of the U.S. Capitol.

Olney is an unincorporated town in Montgomery County, Maryland. That means that while we have a strong sense of community, we do not have a local government, mayor, council, planning board, police department, etc. Rather, we receive those services from the county government.

The 2003 Census Update lists a population of 39,260 residing in 12,110 households. Thirty percent of our population is age 17 and under, and the average age is 34.7. The 2002 median household income was just under $105,000.

Olney is proud of its excellent schools, well-maintained neighborhoods, and strong community spirit.

History

For a much more detailed history, please visit the Sandy Spring Museum.

1720
Original land grant of 2,550 acres from King George II of England
1760
Area known as Fair Hill after first house built
1800
Olney House built and named after Olney, England
1826
Mechanicsville Post Office established at Fair Hill, then a Quaker school.
1849
Toll gates here on the Brookeville-Washington Turnpike
1851
Olney Post Office established by the U.S. Postal Service
1864
Rebel and Union soldiers passed through
1873
Olney Grange Hall #7 built on this site
1875
Olney public school located west of present St. John’s Church
1880
Population of Olney 80 persons
1978
Crossroads of Routes 97 and 108 demolished for widening of intersection
1980
Greater Olney population at 15,300
1994
Greater Olney population over 29,500
1994
Brookeville celebrated its Bicentennial
1995
Montgomery General Hospital celebrated its 75th anniversary
1999
Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department celebrated its 75th anniversary
2000
Greater Olney population over 40,000     ��