Local History

What is “Sandy Spring?”

Historically, Sandy Spring is both a village and a 100-square mile neighborhood encompassing many villages. The Sandy Spring neighborhood is thought of as a six-mile radius stemming from the Sandy Spring Friends Meeting House as a family traveling in a horse-powered buggy could travel about six miles to attend meetings and get home safely before dark.
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The villages of Sandy Spring include Sandy Spring itself, as well as Ashton, Brighton, Brookeville, Cloverly, Brinklow/Cincinnati, Ednor/Norwood, Laytonsville/Mt. Zion,Norbeck/Oakdale, Olney/Davis, Triadelphia, Spencerville/Brown’s Corner, and Unity/Sunshine. See below for a brief description of each of these villages.

The Sandy Spring VillagesThese villages make up the 100-square miles that are considered the overall Sandy Spring neighborhood: