Darnestown | MD
Fall in love with this impressive Darnestown home nestled on 2 acres of breathtaking land. This spacious and luxurious home offers over 5,000+ square feet of living space with beautiful architectural details and fresh designer paint throughout. An elegant two-story foyer offers an inviting atmosphere immediately upon entry. The home’s high ceilings and walls of windows bring the outside in and fill every room with natural light. The large Owners’ Suite is located on the main level and includes a spacious closet, a stunning upgraded bathroom for all your pampering needs and French doors opening to the back deck. The well-equipped chefs’ kitchen, showcasing custom maple cabinetry, top of the line appliances, 3 ovens, a wine fridge, and a center island, opens to an informal dining area and family room with a fireplace and glass doors leading to the deck. Entertain your guests in the sophisticated and separate elegant living and dining rooms. Upstairs are three additional bedrooms and two full bathrooms. A fully renovated walk-up basement is complete with a full wet bar, the home’s second fireplace, a workout room, and two additional bonus rooms and a full bathroom, perfect for a nanny or in-law suite. Complete with extensive landscaping, a deck overlooking the backyard and a three-car garage with new garage doors, this special home is one to be enjoyed for generations.
Named for William Darne, the community was built on 2,000 acres of land inherited by his wife from her father Charles Gassway’s ‘Mount Pleasant’ land grant. Originally, the town was referred to as Mount Pleasant, but the name shifted in popular parlance to Darne and eventually Darnestown. The community was located halfway between Montgomery Court House (modern-day Rockville) and the mouth of the Monocacy River and originally consisted of a tavern, a pair of blacksmiths, a wheelwright, a single store, and a log building which served as both a school and the home of several churches. The community’s greatest economic boom was during the Civil War when providing for the needs of the armies camped around Washington, DC provided new income. Following the war, however, Darnestown slowly deflated and eventually ceased being a commercial center, with only a few of the original buildings left standing. The area has since been absorbed by suburban development.
Darnestown is home to the Seneca Academy, a private school for grades Kindergarten-5. It is also home to Darnestown Elementary School and Jones Lane Elementary School, part of Montgomery County Public Schools. Though Quince Orchard High School is within several miles of most of Darnestown, all residents who are in the Darnestown Elementary School District lines will attend Northwest High School in Germantown instead. Jones Lane Elementary School students do attend Quince Orchard High School. Mary of Nazareth Catholic School, Seneca Academy, and Butler Montessori School are K-8 private schools that are in Darnestown.
Darnestown has a number of local parks, including Darnestown Square Park, Muddy Branch Stream Park, Lighthouse Point Park, and the Seneca Ridge Trail and Seneca Creek Park. Darnestown is also home to three locks on the C&O Canal. The town also borders the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve, which is made up of lots of farmland and parks that many residents of Darnestown can appreciate. There is also a community softball league for adults in the community, with teams representing the different areas of Darnestown. It is also popular for residents to tube down the Great Seneca Creek from a starting point off of Berryville Road or Darnestown Road to the Seneca Aqueduct located near Pooles’ Store, off River Road. Darnestown is also home to Seneca School House, the oldest existing schoolhouse in Montgomery County. The town is also home to a historic black community, living along Berryville Road.