Dayton, Maryland

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Dayton, Maryland
Dayton is located in Maryland
Location in Maryland
Coordinates: 39°17′38″N 77°4′8″W / 39.29389°N 77.06889°W / 39.29389; -77.06889
Country  United States of America
State  Maryland
County Howard
Elevation 168 m (551 ft)
 • Total 2,114
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code 240 and 301

Dayton is an unincorporated community of about 10,000 located in Howard County, Maryland.


A postal office operated in the community from 21 July 1864 to present with brief stops in service during the Civil War.[1] By 1878 the town expanded to three general stores and a wheelwright shop. One of which is Maloney's General Store built shortly after the civil war which served as a stagecoach stop and was later owned by Royal Harp III, Thomas Isaacs, Mr. White, and the Grant Family.[2]

The Dayton single room school house was along Green Bridge Road. After a fire in the single room schoolhouse for colored children, a new brown tile two room school was built at the crossroads of Ten Oaks, Green Bridge and Howard roads, and the colored children moved to the old white school. The two room school is now on property owned by RLO Contractors.[3]

In 2014, a zoning case to move a large industrial mulching operation operated by a Sandy Spring Bank executive and RLO president from Trinity Church in Elkridge to agricultural preservation land in Dayton prompted a large citizen reaction.[4]

Modern Dayton[edit]

Dayton is in the 21036 zip code area and belongs to the 410 area code. Notable landmarks are the Crossroads Pub famed for their Maryland blue crabs and once owned by the Harp family (Harp's Pub), who also owned Harp's grocery store; the quaint Post Office that oozes Americana; the gas station that was once owned by a man named Lenny, where he used to pump gasoline for automobiles, clean the windshields of cars, and sell vanilla popsicles for 10 cents; and the "Rabbit" which is properly decorated for major holidays.[dubious ]

Dayton is also the home to the annual Dayton Daze Parade that began in honor of Lenny Hobbs. The Hobbs family store was prominent in the cross-roads community.[5]


  1. ^ "Checklist of Maryland Post Offices". Smithsonian National Postal Musuem. 12 July 2007. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Howard's Roads to the Past. Howard County Sesquicentennial Celebration Committee, 2001. 2001. p. 87. 
  3. ^ Howard's Roads to the Past. Howard County Sesquicentennial Celebration Committee, 2001. 2001. p. 88. 
  4. ^ Amanda Yeager (29 April 2014). "Ulman weighs in on mulching issue". The Baltimore Sun. 
  5. ^ "Md. Woman Dies In Tavern Fire". The Washington Post. 24 October 1944. 

Coordinates: 39°15′06″N 76°59′27″W / 39.25167°N 76.99083°W / 39.25167; -76.99083