Owen Brown, Columbia, Maryland
|Named for||Postmaster Owen Brown|
Owen Brown is one of the ten villages in Columbia, Maryland, USA, incorporated in 1972. Neighborhoods in the village include Dasher Green, Elkhorn and Hopewell. Owen Brown lies south and east of the Town Center.
Owen Brown is named after John Brown's third son Owen, one of five guarding supplies at John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry who escaped capture and execution by fleeing south when he witnessed his father surrounded. Several associations cite the book, "Oh You Must Live Columbia! The origins of place names in Columbia, Maryland", which claims the village is named after the former postmaster of the store at Route 108 and Manor Road. The postal stop location is several miles away from Owen Brown village and is the site of the 1797 Porter's Tavern and Elioak Post office (1893–1922) owned by the "Owens" family.
Dasher Green is named for the 670-acre Dasher family farm purchased in May 1963 by one of the Rouse company land acquisition entities. The farm was systematically reduced in size from 1971 to 1978, with the last parcel sold for development in 1996. Street names are taken from the works of John Greenleaf Whittier.
In 1976, Ryland Homes announced it would start construction on homes priced between $50,000 and $70,000. The Village would contain 18 percent section 8 housing as part of its broad spectrum of housing options. In 1977, Howard County temporarily held construction of housing by Washington Homes for multiple code violations on over 25 homes.
The East Columbia branch of the Howard County Library is located in the village.
The village center contains a grocery store and other retail establishments. The Owen Brown Interfaith Center is located near the village center.
Dasher Green and Hopewell each have an outdoor pool.
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