Glenwood, Howard County, Maryland

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Union Chapel

Glenwood is an unincorporated community in Howard County, Maryland, United States.[1] It is located between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., therefore attracting commuters to those employment centers. The community features acres of open space and is districted to Bushy Park Elementary, Glenwood and Folly Quarter Middle, and Glenelg High schools. Union Chapel was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 and Round About Hills was added in 2008.[2]

The area was settled in the early 1700s by the Ridgley and Warfield families forming large tobacco plantations "Bushy Park", "Longwood", "Ellerslie" and others. In 1822 James Matthews opened a post office, giving the area the name "Matthews". The Union Chapel was built in 1833. The Anne Arundel community became part of the newly formed Howard County. Despite southern sympathies, the Civil war ended slave labor on the local farms, slavery was replaced with Jim Crow laws. The Phrenakosmian Hall was opened, renamed to the Howard Institute. On January 13, 1874 the Glenwood postal stop opened.[3] In 1877 Lycurgus Matthews officially named it "Glenwood".[4]


  1. ^ "Geographic Names Information System". Glenwood (Populated Place). U.S. Geological Survey. 2009-01-29. 
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  3. ^ "Checklist of Maryland Post Offices". Smithsonian National Postal Musuem. 12 July 2007. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bloomsberg". Retrieved 5 April 2014. 

Coordinates: 39°17′15″N 77°01′41″W / 39.28750°N 77.02806°W / 39.28750; -77.02806