Braddock Heights, Maryland

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Braddock Heights, Maryland
Census-designated place
Mid-Jefferson Boulevard, with H&F trolley
Mid-Jefferson Boulevard, with H&F trolley
Location of Braddock Heights, Maryland
Location of Braddock Heights, Maryland
Coordinates: 39°25′15″N 77°30′18″W / 39.42083°N 77.50500°W / 39.42083; -77.50500Coordinates: 39°25′15″N 77°30′18″W / 39.42083°N 77.50500°W / 39.42083; -77.50500
Country  United States of America
State  Maryland
County Frederick
Area
 • Total 7.4 sq mi (19.1 km2)
 • Land 7.4 sq mi (19.1 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 912 ft (278 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 4,627
 • Density 626.6/sq mi (241.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 21703
Area code(s) 301
FIPS code 24-09100
GNIS feature ID 0589794
Braddock Hotel
Jefferson Boulevard, looking south from Maryland Avenue
Jefferson Boulevard, looking north

Braddock Heights is a census-designated place (CDP) in Frederick County, Maryland, United States. The population was 2,608 at the 2010 census. Braddock Heights is part of the Middletown, Maryland School District. The local post codes are 21714 (Post Office boxes only) and 21703.

Braddock Heights was once home to the oldest roller rink in the United States, the Stargaze Skateway. It burned to the ground as the result of arson on August 18, 1998.[1]

Braddock Heights is said to be the roost of the mythic(?) Snallygaster, a chimeric bird-like creature claimed to be responsible for the disappearance of livestock, and the occasional Middletown Valley resident, since the mid-18th century.

It was also the home of the Schley Inn which was a combined hotel and restaurant formerly owned by Hermann Fischer of Germany. A long-time friend and private investigator, John Lacher of Munich, Germany often stayed at the Hotel and used the hotel as a safe house for women and children involved in domestic abuse cases.

History[edit]

Braddock Heights is located at an elevation of 950 feet (290 m) atop Braddock Mountain (as Catoctin Mountain is locally known) near the pass at Braddock Springs, so named after British General Edward Braddock and Lt. Colonel George Washington’s use of the mountain pass on their way to Fort Duquesne during the French and Indian War on April 29, 1755. During the Civil War, Braddock Heights was the site of a minor cavalry battle between generals J.E.B. Stuart (CSA) and Alfred Pleasonton (USA) on September 13, 1862; it was at that time known as Fairview Pass. One mile east of Braddock Heights, near the base of Braddock Mountain, are the older communities of Clifton and Old Braddock.

The picturesque view of the city of Frederick from Old Braddock—also known as Fairview, elevation 550 feet (170 m)—was the inspiration for Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. to record in his 1862 journal:

This journal entry was in turn an inspiration for Holmes' close friend John Greenleaf Whittier when composing the famous civil war poem Barbara Fritchie.

Braddock Pass is near the locations at which Interstate 70 and the National Pike (U.S. Route 40) cross Catoctin Mountain. Braddock Heights was founded in 1896 by George William Smith as a summer resort community that eventually included several hotels, a community pool, a wooden floor skating rink, an amusement park, scenic overlooks, nature trails, and until 1980, a small ski resort. Braddock Heights has been host to many national political figures including Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., Edwin Warfield, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Earl Warren, Ethel Kennedy, and (then) Senator Richard Nixon.

Braddock Heights was one of the first modern planned communities in the United States,[citation needed] and custom housing development has continued since 1901. Braddock Heights is now known for its eclectic houses (no two are alike) and its scenic views of Frederick and the Monocacy and Middletown valleys. Following the end of World War II and the decline of the amusement park, Braddock Heights’ demographic changed from commercial summer boarding houses to that of an unincorporated community with permanent residents.

Braddock Heights has a number of resident authors and artists, including Walter Bartman, Lee McCardell and Helen L. Smith. Braddock Heights, similar to the other Maryland cottage parks of Pen Mar and Glen Echo, has evolved into an artisans' community. The Braddock Heights Community Association and the Braddock Heights Historical Society continue to maintain and hold public events at Braddock Heights Park.

Hagerstown & Frederick Railway[edit]

The Hagerstown & Frederick Railway, a suburban (later interurban) trolley system, was developed by George William Smith and initially called the Frederick & Middletown Railway. Service between Frederick and Braddock Heights commenced on August 22, 1896. The Jefferson branch was added in 1906, running down the east side of Jefferson Boulevard. The right of way is still visible as a strip between the set-back sidewalk and the street.

Service to Jefferson lasted until 1940, although a short section was kept open to serve the Vindobona Hotel. Service to Braddock Heights and Middletown from Frederick was finally discontinued in 1946.

Geography[edit]

Braddock Heights is located at 39°25′15″N 77°30′18″W / 39.42083°N 77.50500°W / 39.42083; -77.50500 (39.420895, -77.504931).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.4 square miles (19 km2), of which 7.4 square miles (19 km2) is land and 0.14% is water.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 4,627 people, 1,684 households, and 1,343 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 626.6 people per square mile (242.1/km²). There were 1,733 housing units at an average density of 234.7/sq mi (90.7/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.17% White, 1.19% African American, 1.02% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.35% from other races, and 1.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.73% of the population.

There were 1,684 households out of which 35.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.9% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.2% were non-families. 15.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 31.8% from 45 to 64, and 10.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 98.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.7 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $71,932, and the median income for a family was $78,779. Males had a median income of $52,179 versus $38,063 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $29,621. About 1.0% of families and 2.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 2.4% of those age 65 or over.

In popular culture[edit]

  • A third-season episode of the popular science fiction series The X-Files was set in Braddock Heights, but actually filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia. The episode titled "Wetwired" aired on May 3, 1996.

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