Written by Jody Trammel


Colesville Trolley MuseumLike most unincorporated communities in Montgomery County, Colesville’s boundaries are not officially delineated. The recognized limits stretch out between the northwest and portions of Anacostia River. The northern and southern borders have not been defined but extend from Springbrook High School in the south to town of Cloverly in the north.

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The initial piece of land was obtained from Lord Baltimore in 1714. Archibald Edmonston awarded a claim on this land called “Easy Purchase.” The 900-acre zone extended from Meadow Wood south to Route 29. In 1715, it was purchased by James Beall, Sr. but his nephew, William Beall, also bought another lot that measured 317 acres. Yet, none of these landowners were actual residents of Colesville. Robert Lazenby purchased a 217-acre lot in the southern part from William Beall in 1723. He then became the first resident farmer of Colesville. In 1790, Peter Kemp erected a saw and grist mill on Paint Branch which is now traversed by Randolph Road. The mill was rebuilt twice and continued operations up until 1930.

The first formal use of “Colesville” was on January 25, 1806 when the General Assembly of Maryland transferred the venue for the Fourth Election District of Montgomery County to Edward Berry’s which was commonly called Coale’s-Ville. You can find the oldest house in this community is at 410 Randolph Road. It was built in 1790 and known that time as The Old Lazanby Home. The New York Times reported that President Franklin Pierce purchased a farm lot at Colesville in 1855.

In 1927, the Smithville Colored School opened in the area. The construction got support from the Julius Rosenwald Fund. The school was closed in 1952 when all other similar schools in Montgomery were integrated. Colesville hosts the Strawberry Festival during the month of May every year. The festival is held at the corner of Hobbes Drive and New Hampshire Avenue. Various vendors sell strawberries and ice cream while local volunteers organize carnival games for kids.

Affinity Airport Sedan offers a reliable, hassle-free way to get you to your destination on time. Call us right away if you want to go on a tour of Colesville or any other towns in Montgomery County.