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New Market, Maryland

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New Market claims the designation of Antique Capital of Maryland. But the title hasn't come without some controversy as the town struggles with its future while trying to hold onto the past.

Shops and restaurants line Main Street in New Market.
Shops and restaurants line Main Street in New Market.

New Market's connection to antiques started in 1936 when the first antique store opened in one of the town's residences on Main Street. The antique market flourished despite an Interstate highway being built just to the south, which completely bypassed the town.

In a speech to Congress, U.S. Senator Charles "Mac" Mathias Jr., labeled the town as the Antique Capital of Maryland. The name stuck. In fact, in 1979, the town changed its zoning laws to virtually restrict any kind of business from opening unless it was an antique store.

This all occurred as the town flourished for many decades as an antiques hotspot. New Market swarmed with tourists and day-trippers. It was difficult to find parking along the cobblestone streets. But with the advent of the Internet and antique malls, the town began to lose business.

And that's when the controversy began. Fewer people traveled to New Market. Several stores shut down. Many blamed the town's zoning, which put all of its eggs in the antiques basket.

But relief came just a few years ago when the tight restrictions were eased now allowing a larger variety of businesses to set up shop. It was a valuable lesson this tiny town had to learn as it continued to struggle in today's world. And due to the easing of restrictions, a few stores—called "newbies"—have begun to open, selling things other than antiques.

The trip to New Market is a very scenic one, especially if you travel along the Old National Pike (Maryland Route 144). In fact the old highway becomes Main Street as it enters the town, and this is where you'll find the majority of New Market's stores. In all, New Market is an excellent town if you're looking for antiques or just a quiet town to stroll through.

New Market abounds in historic architecture.
New Market abounds in historic architecture.

Retail Hours

Many of the stores—particularly those selling antiques—are only open on Fridays through Sundays so call ahead if you're planning a visit.

Parking

Free on-street parking is plentiful and convenient.

Restrooms

Public restrooms can be found at the Town Hall.

Attractions

The Original Playhouse Children's Museum (4 West Main Street, 301-865-6500)

Events

Each month New Market holds Second Sundays in New Market. It's a street fair that takes place on the second Sunday of the month (of course)!

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Tips

A day spent at New Market can be combined with the nightlife of nearby downtown Frederick, with its numerous shops and restaurants.

Location

New Market is about 42 miles from Baltimore, Maryland and 50 miles from Washington, DC.

New Market is still known as the Antique Capital of Maryland.
New Market is still known as the Antique Capital of Maryland.

From Baltimore, take I-70 west for about 30 miles. Take exit 62 to Maryland Route 75 north towards Libertytown. Turn left at Maryland Route 144 (Old National Pike). Old National Pike becomes New Market's Main Street. For a scenic trip, stay off the Interstate and take Old National Pike the whole way.

From Washington, take I-270 North for about 24 miles. Take exit 26 for Maryland Route 80. Turn left to head east on Maryland Route 80. At the traffic circle, take the second exit for Fingerboard Road (Maryland Route 80 East). Turn left at Ijamsville Road. Make a slight right at Mussetter Road. Turn right at Maryland Route 144 (Old National Pike). Old National Pike becomes New Market's Main Street.

External Links

www.newmarketmaryland.com
www.townofnewmarket.org

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Accessories

Barefoot Boutique (82 West Main Street, 301-685-1239)

Antiques

The Browsery Antiques (55 West Main Street, 301-831-9644)
1812 House (48 West Main Street, 301-865-3040)
Fleshman's Antiques (2 West Main Street, 301-602-2985)
Robert Esterly Antiques (20 West Main Street, 301-865-8000)
R.P. Brady Antiques (3 West Main Street, 301-865-3666)
Smith Tavern Antiques (17 East Main Street, 301-865-3597)
Tomorrow's Antiques (50 West Main Street, 301-831-3590)
Yesterday's Treasures (60 West Main Street, 301-865-4200)

Apparel

Barefoot Boutique (82 West Main Street, 301-685-1239)

Business Services

Runkles Sign Service & Express Marketing Design (64 West Main Street, 301-639-1729 & 301-882-4073)

Children's

Happiloo (26 West Main Street, 888-256-2125)

Coffee and Dessert

Dublin Roasters Coffee (75-B West Main Street, 240-674-1740)

Dining

Milo's Pizza & Pasta (83 West Main Street, 301-865-2222)
Vintage Restaurant (8 West Main Street, 301-882-7674)

Florists

Ory Custom Florals & Decor (71 West Main Street, 301-865-8860)

Gardening

Fiacre the Town Gardner (22 West Main Street, 301-865-2787)

Gift Shops

Maryland's Treasures (1 West Main Street, 240-654-8804)
Santa Fe Trading Company (33 West Main Street, 301-865-1196)
Spoil Me Rotten (5 West Main Street, 301-865-9300)

Health & Beauty

Under the Willow (9 East Main Street, 301-448-6981)

Home Furnishings

The Village Potter (73 West Main Street, 252-412-6776)

Jewelry

Barefoot Boutique (82 West Main Street, 301-685-1239)
Maryland's Treasures (1 West Main Street, 240-654-8804)
Santa Fe Trading Company (33 West Main Street, 301-865-1196)

Lodging

Strawberry Inn Bed & Breakfast (17 West Main Street, 301-865-3318)

Performing Arts

Mid Maryland Performing Arts Center (12 West Main Street, 301-865-1212)

Toys & Games

Happiloo (26 West Main Street, 888-256-2125)

Yoga

Sol Yoga Studios (52 West Main Street, 877-765-9642)

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