Rockville Railroad Station
The Rockville Railroad Station is a historic building which was built in 1873. The architect was E. Francis Baldwin, who also designed the adjoining freight house, built in 1887. It is one of the few survivors of the many picturesque county stations built along the Metropolitan Branch of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and other 19th-century American railroads. It is a brick Victorian picturesque structure with some Eastlake detailing, particularly in the roofline and gable decoration.
The construction of the Rockville Station as part of the development of the metropolitan Branch of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was an important factor in the growth of the City of Rockville. The population of Rockville in 1873, the year the station opened was 670 people. By 1890, the population had increased to 1,500, primarily because of the City’s easy access to Washington via train. The coming of the station area also made Rockville a more attractive stopping off point for passengers desiring hotel accommodations.
The station was listed on the National Register of Historic in 1974, although it continued to serve as an Amtrak station until 1981, when the 400-ton station was moved about 50 meters to the south to make way for the Rockville Metro Station.
Directions to the next stop: Continue the Tour north on Church Street. Cross Rockville Pike (MD-355), following Monroe Place, then turn left on Monroe Street. Turn right on Fleet Street and stop 3 (Montgomery County Jail) is on Maryland Avenue on your right.