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Olney Square – Olney, MD

Olney Square is a neighborhood in Olney, MD. Olney Square is just one neighborhood, such as Olney Oaks, Olney Acres and Olney Town that make up part of Olney, MD, an unincorporated community in Montgomery County.

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Approximately 34,000 people live on 13 square miles of land. Olney Square is two miles from Rockville, 12 miles from Columbia and 16 miles from Washington, D.C. Home and condo values in Olney Square are considerably above that of state home values.


Olney Square homeowners work at a variety of professions, most located in Washington, D.C., some in Rockville and others in Virginia. The professional services, computers, scientific endeavors, military, government, management and retail comprise employment in the area.


Olney Square students attend one of five elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. They seek higher education at Montgomery College, Howard Community College, University of Maryland-College Park or American University.


The farmland that would become Olney was settled in 1800. The first residents, Sarah Brooke and Dr. Charles Farquhar, named the area for the hometown of their favorite English poet, William Cowper. Their home, Olney House, still stands.


The area was tense during the War of 1812, but the Civil War caused hardly a ripple. Area residents sympathized with the south, but remained neutral during the war, due to their proximity to the capital. St. John’s Episcopal Church is another historic site, built in 1842, which still stands today.

Parks and Recreation

Thirteen neighborhood and local parks and recreation facilities give new homeowners lots of room to hike, bike, play ball, swim, picnic and enjoy nature. Olney Square features a park offering a basketball court, outdoor tennis court and playground.

Other Olney parks offer historic sites, nature trails, dog park, skate park, all kinds of ball court and field, but not many picnic tables or grills. The swim center is in the Olney Manor Recreational Park. Rachel Carson Conservation Park and Reedy Branch Stream Valley Park feature nature trails.

Outdoor Things to Do

Olney parks offer classes, camps and events all year-round. Ice skating instruction, tennis boot camp, golfing, arts camp, bees and butterflies gardening for kids, inline skating and skateboard camp and much more is available to seekers of homes in Olney.

Spring Week, summer camps and figure skating classes are just a few of the activities to which new homeowners can look forward. Area attractions include the Smithsonian Institution, a conglomerate of 15 museums. Aerospace, nautical, automotive, scientific and artistic historic items, among much more, can be found there, along with the history of each.

The Lincoln and Washington Memorials, the cherry blossoms in spring and watching the U. S. Marines perform a silent drill will give new homeowners an idea just how historic and fascinating their new home is. Natural beauty, history and community make Olney Square a great place to live.