Did You Know?
The train running through Montgomery County and Germantown was "the way west" for all cargo from both Washington, D.C. and Baltimore after it was built in 1873. This track still carries about 16 freight trains a day and 9 trains each way on the MARC Brunswick Line. For more information see our newly updated and re-published "The Met: A History of the Metropolitan Branch of the B&O Railroad, Its Stations and Towns" in our Sales Catalog.
The song "Take Me Home, Country Roads" made popular by John Denver in the 1970s was inspired by our very own Clopper Road.
Singer/songwriters Taffy Nivert and Bill Danoff (Fat City) were driving to a family reunion along Clopper Road in the fall of 1970 and to pass the time they made up a song about winding roads in the country. Denver met up with them in December after Danoff and Nivert opened for him at the Cellar Door in Georgetown and they stayed up all night re-writing and re-arranging the song. John Denver first sang the song at the Cellar Door on December 30, 1970 and recieved a standing ovation. He then went on to record "Take Me Home, Country Roads" on the album "Poems, Prayers & Promises" that came out the spring of 1971 -- and the rest is history.