Damascus, MD

Geographic Location

Damascus is located in upper Montgomery County at the intersection of Ridge Road (Route 27) and Damascus Road (Route 108). Being only 28 miles from our Nation's Capital, Damascus is considered part of the DC metro area.

Overall Personality

Damascus is a rural area known for its small town character. Its rolling pastoral hills are home to several family owned farms and equestrian centers. Recent development includes estate style homes on larger lots. It is not unusual to stop and talk to each other at the local Safeway grocery store; there is general feeling of "everybody knows everybody", in Damscus. Defining Characteristics: In 1783 Nathaniel Pigman obtained the area known as Damascus via a land grant through the state of Maryland. Edward Hughes, a War of 1812 Veteran, bought a 40 acre plot from Pigman and was named Postmaster of the town in 1816. When the u.s. Courts approved the postal route, the town was given the name "Damascus", a Biblical reference to Damascus, Syria.


A great way to learn more about the history of Damascus is to spend an afternoon visiting the Damascus Heritage Society Museum. This museum opened in 2009 and is committed to preserving the unique agricultural, educational, social, economic and spiritual history of Damascus. The museum features rotating exhibits, and a lecture series with topics centered around the rich history of Damascus. Do you need a place to board you horse, or would you like to just take a few riding lessons? Damascus is home to several horse boarding stables that offer a variety of services and equestrian events. Don't miss out on a trip to Jimmie Cone, a Damascus landmark since the 1960's. Jimmie Cone has been a meeting spot for over 50 year. Bring the family and enjoy an ice cream delight!


Major Routes: Damascus sits right between Interstate 270 and Interstate 70. Both Interstates run through Frederick, Maryland, just to the north. 1-270 continues south to 1-495, circling Washington, DC. 1-70 is a direct route to Baltimore, Maryland.
Airports: Damascus is within 44 miles of the areas three major airports; Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport.
Bus: The Montgomery County Ride On bus has a route that runs from Damascus to the Shady Grove Metro station. Metro trains travel from Shady Grove towards Washington, DC, with several stops along the way.

Living in Damascus

If space is what you are looking for, Damascus has it. Most of the area is comprised of family owned farms and single family homes situated on large lots. If you are interested in building you dream home, beautiful, pastoral lots are available. Some neighborhoods in Damascus offer townhomes at an affordable price.


Damascus is part of the Montgomery County School system. The Damascus area schools are top notch with SAT and AP scores well above the national average.
High school: Damascus High School
Middle School: John T. Baker Middle School
Elementary School: Damascus Elementary School, Lois P. Rockwell Elementary
School and Clearspring Elementary School

Annual/Seasonal Notes

The Damascus Community Fair has been an annual event in Damascus since 1940. The fair is primarily an agricultural event. 4-H groups from around the area participate and visitors come from miles away. It does not matter if you are no longer attending Damascus High School; Once a Hornet Always a Hornet", Damascus Football is a fall activity for this community! Damascus games on Friday nights are a draw for the young and old.

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