Glenelg, Maryland

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"Glenelg Manor" houses the Glenelg Counry School

Glenelg is an unincorporated community in Howard County, Maryland, United States. It is in the 21737 zip code, and the 410 area code.[1] It is the home town of Glenelg High School and Glenelg Country School. Although quite rural, it is a high-income area.


John Dorsey, who was one of the first settlers in what is now Howard County and a prominent man gave land to his daughter Sarah Dorsey Howard and her husband Henry Howard out in the western part of the county (which is now Glenelg) in 1735. The property was called Howard's Resolution. On this land, Ephraim Howard, son of Sara and Henry, built a house on the property in the middle or late 18th century. In 1884, an additional section was added on to the front of the house. The newer front section was built by General Joseph Tyson, Assistant Postmaster General under President John Tyler. General and Mrs. Tyson called their home "Glenelg" after an old estate in Scotland and "because it spelled the same from either end," in other words a palindrome. Although historically not a true manor house, what is today known as "Glenelg Manor" forms the nucleus of a sprawling structure, which houses the Glenelg Country School elementary division. A postal village named Glenelg was put in operation on February 6, 1856.[2][3]


The yearbook of Glenelg High School is entitled Palindrome, with Glenelg being noted above as a palindrome.

Community Statistics[edit]

  • Zip Code: 21737
  • Area Code: 410
  • Population: 1,721
  • Median household income: $114,207
  • Median home price: $1,012,410


  1. ^ A Gazetter of Maryland: 36. 1901. 
  2. ^ "Checklist of Maryland Post Offices". Smithsonian National Postal Musuem. 12 July 2007. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Henry Gannett (1906). A Gazetteer of Maryland and Delaware, Volume 2. p. 36. 

Coordinates: 39°15′51″N 76°59′33″W / 39.26417°N 76.99250°W / 39.26417; -76.99250