Rocky Ridge, Maryland

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Rocky Ridge, Maryland
The Monocacy Church of the Brethren in July 1996
The Monocacy Church of the Brethren in July 1996
Rocky Ridge is located in Maryland
Rocky Ridge
Location in Maryland
Rocky Ridge is located in the United States
Rocky Ridge
Ridge (the United States)
Coordinates: 39°36′18″N 77°19′03″W / 39.60500°N 77.31750°W / 39.60500; -77.31750
Country United States of America
State Maryland
County Frederick

Rocky Ridge is an unincorporated community in Frederick County, Maryland, United States.[1] The name "Rocky Ridge" likely refers to a ridge of ironstone which runs through the area.[2]


The Rocky Ridge area was settled by several families by the mid-18th century, at which time it was known as Ogleton, after the Ogle family.[2] It has spent most of its life as a "crossroads village," being centered on the intersection of the roads that today are Maryland Route 76 and Maryland Route 77. It was a railroad depot in the latter half of the 19th century; the Western Maryland Railway reached Rocky Ridge in 1870, and the Emmitsburg Railroad connected with it there in 1875.[3] Highlighting the importance of the railroads in its existence, the Rocky Ridge stretch of Maryland Route 76 is known as Motters Station Road after Joshua Motter, president of the Emmitsburg Railroad.[4]

Rocky Ridge had two active church congregations by the mid-19th century, and got its own post office in 1870.[2]

Old Mill Road Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.[5] Loys Station Covered Bridge, located between Rocky Ridge and Thurmont, was listed in 1978.[6]


The town is known for the "Big Slide," a forty-foot tall wooden slide, built by volunteers in 1950.[7] The slide is located in Mount Tabor Park, a park founded by Mount Tabor Church in the early 20th century and still administered by the church today. The park is said to have been used for religious revivals.[8]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Rocky Ridge, Maryland
  2. ^ a b c Rada, James Jr. "A History of Rocky Ridge". Emmitsburg Area Historical Society. Emmitsburg Area Historical Society. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  3. ^ Scharf, J. Thomas (1882). History of Western Maryland (vol. 1). Philadelphia: Louis H. Everts. pp. 581, 594. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  4. ^ Poor, Henry Varnum (1872). Manual of the Railroads of the United States for 1872-73. New York: H.V. & H.W. Poor. p. 527. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  5. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  6. ^ "Loys Station Covered Bridge". NPS Focus. National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  7. ^ Redding, Lauren (19 July 2010). "Big Slide, big fun". Frederick News Post. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  8. ^ "National Register Eligibility Review Form - Rocky Ridge Survey District" (PDF). Maryland Inventory of History Properties. Maryland Historic Trust. Retrieved 8 February 2016.

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