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Highland is an unincorporated community in western Howard County, Maryland which uses the 20777 zip code. The community is located at the junction of Highland Road, Maryland Route 216 and Maryland Route 108, and is still heavily influenced by its agrarian history; farms and horse fields are common in the area. The crossroads itself has a small-town feel, with a few shops that share in the rich history.
As a rural crossroads, many of its community members took it upon themselves to maintain the historical sites and feel of the hamlet by founding the Greater Highland Crossroads Association (GHCA) in 2002. In 2104, the Crossroads were placed on the Preseve Howard top ten most endangered list due to current DPZ plans. They are marked by four signs.
There are four corners at the central crossroads.
- West: Boarman's Meat Market, in business for over 50 years
- North: strip mall including Pro-Built Construction, Inc., a Subway, Highland Liquors, a salon, a Karate school, and other space available for lease
- East: Serendipity (formerly Butterfield's), a clothing and accessories store located in a restored 1880s harness shop, a new store (Vintage Blue), and a hair design studio (LD Hair Design).
The majority of the downtown Highland district is situated within the 418-acre land grant named "Hickory Ridge". The Rouse Company borrowed the land grant name for one of its nearby villages built in 1974. The Hickory Ridge property was owned by the Ridgley, Hopkins and Disney families. One of the earliest businesses at the crossroads was Well's tavern, founded by Richard Wells in 1759. This was replaced with a wheelrights shop by Joshua B. Disney in 1842. The same year, William Wall opened a general store and post office, giving the crossroads the short-lived name of "Walls Crossroads" before another name change of the post office on December 2, 1878 to "Highland" to reflect the town's elevation in Howard County.
A recent development is that of the Paternal Gift Farm neighborhood. This horse community is so named because the original land tract name. They subdivided the historic property in clusters leaving room for horse pastures. The property takes up practically all of the land in the triangle made between Maryland Route 216 (Highland Road), Maryland Route 108, and Hall Shop Road.
Since 2005, the GHCA has held the annual "Highland Day". The holiday is similar to a fair, and patrons are encouraged to meander around the town, visit shops, and discover the rich history of the community. Many attractions are offered, such as the popular History Scavenger Hunt, live performances from local musicians, and business kiosks.
Highland played several important roles in U.S. history. The town housed meetings that affected the events of the Boston Tea Party. Well's Tavern (now the Kitty Bed and Breakfast) was the primary meeting place of a group of Northern sympathizers in the Civil War.
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- "Top 10 endangered historical sites in Howard County". The Baltimore Sun. July 11, 2014.
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