Boring, Maryland

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Boring, Maryland
Unincorporated community
Boring, Maryland is located in Maryland
Boring, Maryland
Boring, Maryland
Location within the state of Maryland
Coordinates: 39°31′52″N 76°49′23″W / 39.53111°N 76.82306°W / 39.53111; -76.82306Coordinates: 39°31′52″N 76°49′23″W / 39.53111°N 76.82306°W / 39.53111; -76.82306
Country  United States of America
State  Maryland
County Baltimore
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 21020
Area code(s) 410 and 443

Boring is an unincorporated community in Baltimore County, Maryland, at the intersection of Old Hanover Road and Pleasant Grove Road, about 5 miles north of Reisterstown. An important stop on the Western Maryland Railroad, it is very small, consisting of about 40 houses, the Boring Methodist Church, Boring Volunteer Fire Company (organized in 1907[1]), and the Boring Post Office (ZIP Code: 21020). It is known for its unusual name,[2] which was not chosen for the pace of life, but for postmaster David Boring. The town was originally named Fairview, the railroad asked the community to change its name due to more than one Fairview on the rail line. It is unknown when this happened but is thought to be in the late 1800s.

The steps in front of the old country store, where the community's post office is now located, have become a popular stop for visitors, who pose there for photographs by a sign bearing the community's name.[3] Its post office, with the community's distinctive name, opened on August 9, 1880.[4]


  1. ^ "Officers and Equipment" Boring Volunteer Fire Company. Retrieved 2010-11-04.
  2. ^ Don Voorhees (4 October 2011). The Super Book of Useless Information: The Most Powerfully Unnecessary Things You Never Need to Know. Penguin Group US. p. 67. ISBN 978-1-101-54513-3. 
  3. ^ "Boring, Maryland--Town Named Boring" Retrieved 2010-11-04.
  4. ^ "Checklist of Maryland Post Offices" (PDF). National Postal Museum. 12 July 2007. p. 13. 

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