About Mount Airy, MD

Bring the family, and take a stroll down Main Street Mount Airy. Enjoy the history, events, and one of a kind shops and restaurants.

​Centrally located between Washington, DC, Baltimore, and Frederick, the town of Mount Airy is a community with a rich history rooted in railroad transportation and the Civil War. A collection of commercial and residential buildings comprise Main Street, the spine of the Mount Airy Historical District, which has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1984. Downtown Mount Airy is a dynamic mix of locally owned shops and services. Main Street offers quaint shops, with a big city flair, offering women's fashion, gifts, full-service florist and gift boutique, and even a day spa. Visitors will find usual and unusual collectibles, country handcrafts, original art and photography, fabric for quilting, and many interests for the hobbyist, as well as a casual dining.

Main Street continues to welcome new businesses into the mix. The Mount Airy Museum, featuring exhibits of local lore, is housed in the historic Flatiron building, located in the heart of downtown. For history buffs, the Pine Grove Cemetery includes the graves of Civil War soldiers, townspeople, and the grave of the inventor of the first electronic digital computer, John Vincent Atanasoff. A theoretical physicist and mathematician, Atanasoff's 1939 invention changed education and communication worldwide.

Several events are held downtown each month, bringing activity and excitement to Main Street on a year-round basis. Main Street highlights include the Celebrate Mount Airy, Restaurant Week, and Mount Airy's own Home Town Chili Cook-Off and Custom Car Show. Another community favorite, "A Main Street Christmas" features a tree lighting and parade celebration, attracting families from Mount Airy, as well as visitors from surrounding counties, Baltimore City, and Washington, DC. There is also a Farmers Market every Wednesday, in the Municipal Parking Lot, from mid-May to mid-September. It features fresh in-season vegetables, fresh bread, cakes, pies, plants, cut flowers, and much more.

Mount Airy celebrates its many accomplishments and new businesses, while retaining its small-town charm. Residents and visitors alike experience a true sense of history and community, as they enjoy a stroll along Mount Airy's Main Street.

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