Around Town Damascus

A small town, nestled between the three biggest cities in the state, Damascus’ history is as rich as its present. It is a farm town to some, a suburb to others and home to thousands. Living in Damascus for close to 30 years, Betsy Freeman has seen it grow and change and yet stay the same in many ways. Creator and monitor of an active town online group, Betsy keeps in touch daily with the thoughts, issues, concerns and the great big, little town presence of Damascus, Maryland.

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Breaking Through


It has been a few years since the referendum came up for vote to allow the last dry town in Maryland to take a drink. Friends in surrounding areas didn’t even remember that Damascus was still dry and looked incredulously when told it was on the ballot. 66% of the citizens that voted said, yes, […]

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The Seams of Our Town


Living in the shadow of a large, American city can be daunting. Living in the midst of two of them is as exciting as it is stressful. Highways, bridges, beltways, exit ramps, expressways, interstates, turnpikes, HOV lanes, toll roads…they get us where we need to go. We go to work, to dinner, to the airport, […]

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9930 Main Street


The door swings open and the floor boards creak. Someone is asking if the watering cans are on sale this week. Move past the old cash registers towards a pile of garden hoses and then it hits you. The smell of dried grass and fertilizer is first. No need to look far to find the […]

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Damascus By The Numbers

Damascus, Maryland Welcome Sign

We live in Damascus. At least many of you reading this blog live in or near Damascus. We shop, attend school, work, drive through and get our Jimmie Cone fix in Damascus. But how well do you know the little town that sits at the top of Montgomery County? Over the decades, when the name […]

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Hey, Damascus, Somebody Cares

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We all want to know that someone, somewhere, has our back. It’s a basic human need, right? Despite what some might say, at some level, in some way, we all need to know that that parent, that friend, that co-worker, that community…wait, that community? Twenty-nine years ago, a well-meaning real estate agent said “Young, up-and-comers […]

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