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Westminster started out as 167 acres of land owned by William Winchester. It went by the name Winchester for a time until confusion over another county seat of the same name ensued. The name was then changed to Westminster. Westminster was the site of a Civil War skirmish in 1864 and the following year saw more violence toward the newspaper editor Joseph Shaw. Unfortunately, Joseph Shaw’s killers got off scot-free under the bogus claim of self-defense. More recent events made national news when Westboro Baptist church picketed at the funeral of Iraq war veteran Matthew Snyder. The people of Westminster have managed to move on from this sketchy history and are looking forward to a more streamlined spirit of equality.
Sitting at 39°34′36″N 77°0′0″W, Westminster is about 35 and a half driving miles northwest of Baltimore. It’s at a higher sea level than Chesapeake Bay, therefore it enjoys slightly more comfortable temperatures in spite of its being in the “humid subtropical” zone of the United States.
Speaking of weather, Westminster enjoys typical New England weather with summers approaching nearly 90 degrees Fahrenheit and much colder winters hovering in the 20s at night and 40s during the day. Less than a third of the year brings precipitation to the area with only 107 days on average bringing some kind of rain or snowfall. It receives a good 45 inches of precipitation a year, but that number is divvied up between rain and snow. More often than not, Westminster is getting sunny to partly sunny weather rather than rainy or snowy weather.
Shopping has been elevated to an art form in Westminster, Maryland. There is a variety of shopping to choose from in and around Westminster. Crafts and antiques are available, as well as more modern retail options. Your choices in shopping will be met with a variety of designs, as well as the best prices.
Town Mall of Westminster 400 N Center St Westminster MD 21157 #410-857-0300
Westminster Crossing East 400 Englar Rd Westminster MD 21157
Ballard-Bunting Boutique 77 E Main St Westminster MD 21157 #410-857-1959
Gizmos Art 195 W Main St Westminster MD 21157 #410-876-7939
Taneytown Shopping Center Genevieve Dr. Taneytown MD 21787 #410-756-4050
Belk 400 N Center St Westminster MD 21157 #410-848-1200
Frizellburg Antique Store 1909 Old Taneytown Rd Westminster MD 21158 #410-848-0664
Modern Westminster provides a huge selection of places to satisfy the hungry palate. Grills and pubs, tea rooms and Asian fusion restaurants…almost too many to choose from. Also see the Farmers Market or roadside stands to treat yourself with something delicious.
Downtown Westminster Farmers Market Rt 27/ Railroad Ave Westminster MD 21157 #410-456-0397
Gypsy’s Tea Room 111 Stoner Ave Westminster MD 21157 #410-857-0058
Asian Sakae 405 Center St Westminster MD 21157 #410-857-7625
Bud’s at Silver Run 4115 Littlestown Pike Westminster MD 21158 #410-346-6816
Baugher’s Orchard & Farm 1015 Baugher Rd Westminster MD 21158 #410-848-5541
Live music, mixed drinks, great company…all the things you love about nightlife are available in or around Westminster, Maryland. Shoot the breeze with friends or scout the joint for the love of your life…you can try it all in Westminster or you can drive a little farther and scope out the nightlife in Baltimore.
CUP Tea Bar & Cafe 1 E Main St 1st Floor Westminster MD 21157 #410-848-7622
Number One North 3201 Main St Manchester MD 21102 #410-239-8499
Conhas Bar & Grill 84 E Main St Westminster MD 21157 #443-821-3267
Full Moon Pub & Grill 1100 Westminster Rd Reierstown MD 21136 #410-526-5565
There is a long list of elementary, middle and high schools available in Westminster. Education does not take a backseat in this community that is so near to the Baltimore metropolitan area. With schools fitting every style of desired education, just about anyone can receive the education they are looking for. Traditional public schools are available but so are alternative style educational opportunities. This is just the beginning of what is available.
Westminster Elementary School 811 Uniontown Rd Westminster MD 21158 #410-751-3222
West Middle School 60 Monroe St Westminster MD 21157 #410-751-3661
Westminster High School 1225 Washington Rd Westminster MD 21157 #410-751-3630
Montessori School-Westminster 1055 Montessori Dr Westminster MD 21158 #410-848-6283
What makes an icon out of a monument? What makes a place special? The following landmarks help you take note of important events and times that made this area great. From historical settings and monuments to recreational county parks, take a gander at the scenes that make Westminster the special destination that it is.
Ye Haunted History of Olde Ellicott 8267 Main St Ellicott City MD 21043 #800-288-8747
Frederick County Parks & Rec 355 Montevue Ln #100 Frederick MD 21702 #301-600-2936
Lancaster County Central Park 1050 Rockford Rd Lancaster PA 17602 #717-299-8215
Carroll County Farm Museum 500 S Center St Westminster MD 21157 #410-876-2667
Renaissance Fine Arts 1848 Reierstown Rd Ste D Pikesville MD 21208 #410-484-8900
Westminster is one of those New England towns that has moved on from the violence of the past and is moving forward to a place of community and unity. Westminster created an educational environment to be proud of and a city of commerce and creativity. Visitors are welcomed with open arms and given the chance to partake in a buffet of food, shopping and nightlife experiences. Some guests even decide to stay longer. With great venues for people to come together in a group as well as quiet spots to reflect and be alone, almost anyone can find respite in this Maryland town.
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