Finksburg, Maryland

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Finksburg, Maryland
Unincorporated community
Greater Baltimore Hindu-Jain Temple
Greater Baltimore Hindu-Jain Temple
Finksburg is located in Maryland
Finksburg is located in the US
Location within the state of Maryland
Coordinates: 39°29′34″N 76°53′22″W / 39.49278°N 76.88944°W / 39.49278; -76.88944Coordinates: 39°29′34″N 76°53′22″W / 39.49278°N 76.88944°W / 39.49278; -76.88944
Country United States
State Maryland
County Carroll
Elevation 564 ft (172 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
GNIS ID 584378[1]

Finksburg is an unincorporated community in Carroll County, Maryland, United States.[1] It is the location of the National Security Agency's EKMS Central Facility. Finksburg is located at the intersection of Maryland Route 91 and Maryland Route 140, on the border of Carroll and Baltimore counties. It is an unincorporated area about one mile northwest of the Liberty Reservoir and six miles southeast of Westminster, Maryland.

Finksburg is named after Adam Fink, owner of a local tavern and toll road in the early 19th century.

Modern day[edit]

The town is host to Finksburg Plaza, a local shopping center, as well as a few restaurants, auto repair facilities, shops and gas stations. A library was recently opened.

The Finksburg community is protected by its own residents who volunteer their time at the Reese & Community Volunteer Fire Company. The fire company is a 100% volunteer operation on the fire suppression side. The EMS services are manned 24/7 by paid full-time and part-time Paramedics and EMTs. Also, firefighters from the nearby small town of Gamber sometimes come to assist in the event of a fire.

Many small neighborhoods in the Finksburg area hail to the local Carroll County Public School system, mainly served by Sandymount Elementary, Shiloh Middle, and Westminster High School. Although a quiet town, Finksburg is known for strong Maryland standardized test scores and good sports programs.

The Greater Baltimore Hindu-Jain Temple is located in Finksburg.

Car 54, Where Are You? and Munsters actor Fred Gwynne is interred at the Sandy Mount United Methodist Church's cemetery in an unmarked grave.

Yearly, the Baltimore Ravens Training camp hosts practice in Owings Mills, several miles away. Former-Ravens players Torrey Smith and Haloti Ngata lived locally.


  • 1849 - Edward Remington and the Patapsco Mining Company opened cobalt mines near Finksburg
  • 1855 - Western Maryland Railroad reached Finksburg
  • 1856 - A. L. Hoover was postmaster of Finksburg, earning $63.60 for the year
  • 1858 - Cobalt mining was unprofitable and mines were closed for financial reasons
  • 1866 - Baseball was the most popular sport, the "Star" of Finksburg was the local club (team)
  • 1873 - The Alpha Farmers' Club of Carroll County was established
  • 1881 - The Finksburg Literary Society organized lecturers for Friday night meetings at the Mechanics' Hall. Admission was 5 cents.
  • 1888 - L. A. J. Lamotte operated a business for canning corn
  • 1935 - Sandymount Elementary School began as a three-room stone building consolidating the smaller one room schools of Reese, Bethel, and Sandymount.

Timeline information taken from, unless otherwise noted: Warner, Nancy, Ralph Levering and Margaret Taylor Woltz. Carroll County Maryland: A History 1837-1976. Carroll County Bicentennial Committee, 1976.

Cold Saturday was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.[4] Taylor-Manning-Leppo House was listed in 2009.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Finksburg". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  4. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 

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