Our community takes pride in its local history.
Middletown, Maryland originated in 1767, boasting history older than our nation’s founding. Andrew Jackson, the nation’s seventh president, described the valley as “one of the most favored and delightful spots on earth.”
Located along Maryland’s Historic National Road, our main street made its mark as a bustling commercial center in the 19th century. Middletown’s main street felt the effects of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars firsthand, as churches and homes were transformed into headquarters and hospitals.
Our history helps tell our nation’s history and shaped our region’s personality. Though growth continues to be a part of our story, we retain our historic charm in the present day.
Middletown’s Heritage Gallery
Located inside of Town Hall at 31 West Main Street visitors will find historic artifacts and photos galore, engaging, and interactive exhibits, and rotating exhibits on the history of Middletown.
Middletown’s Heritage Park
Located across from Town Hall at 31 West Main Street is the Town’s Heritage Park. It is a place to gather, sit, relax in front of our historically inspired fountain, and learn about our history.
The Middletown Valley Historical Society
The Middletown Valley Historical Society interprets the early history of the Valley in the Old Stone House at 305 West Main Street, Middletown, MD 21769. Year-round events, lectures and tours are dedicated to the valley’s special place in America’s past.
War Memorial – Middletown
Website: Middletown War Memorial
The World War II Memorial was erected and dedicated in 1947 to honor all local war veterans who served in that war. In 1999, a joint effort between Amvets Post 9 and the Town of Middletown led to the restoration of the plaques and refurbishment of the grounds of that memorial. In 2012, seven flag poles were added to recognize the five Armed Forces, POW-MIA, and the U.S. Flag.
In 2013 Amvets Post 9 and the Town of Middletown erected additional memorials on the site to honor our war veterans of all wars and conflicts in the post WWII era. Newly created monuments listing the wars: Korea, Vietnam, Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, as well as, the names of those who served in each, have been installed on the site near the existing WWII Memorial. Those veterans who were killed in action have been identified for their ultimate sacrifice. The Memorial grounds have been updated to reflect the pride and reverence we have for our local veterans.
National Historic Road
170 miles of scenic byway run right through the heart of Middletown, Maryland. Our magical main street is a proud part of America’s roadway, the first federally funded highway in the United States.
The Journey Through Hallowed Ground
The Journey Through Hallowed Ground stretches along US 15 from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to Charlottesville, Virginia. A nationally recognized area, this designated region is home to prominent historical events and spaces. Middletown is part of this journey, inviting residents and visitors to explore our piece of pivotal ground.
Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area
Middletown’s presence can be found at the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area. This organization emphasizes places rich in history, spanning portions of Carroll, Frederick and Washington Counties. The organization serves as a resource guiding visitors to significant historical sites within the area. Visit the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area to find out where Middletown fits into the war’s tumultuous history.