If you try to recall a town of humid climate where the winters are blessed with lots of snow, hot and humid summers and has great land for growing crops and sweet corn you are probably having in mind a town as Manchester.
This small and rurally town that obliges citizens to travel to Baltimore area or Washington area for any bigger shop or even work opportunity is home to a town that is proud of its rich history.
Manchester was formerly known as Manchester Germantown – referring to the area west of today’s Manchester which was later incorporated to the town.
It represents the oldest incorporated place in Carroll County – straight after Westminster that was incorporated in 1818. Manchester was officially incorporated in 1834.
White Oak as a symbol of Manchester
The town symbol is a Lutheran White Oak that dates way back in the past. Its estimated age is around 320 years and it makes a symbolic and an important point in the town. Oaknotes – the town newsletter – represents certain homage to the history that lies behind the tree. Namely, King George III let the colonists from Germany build a church near the tree, way back in 1758.
The first land grant in the area and the former settlers in Manchester
Steven’s Hope was actually a piece of land of 150 acres that was a property of Samuel Stevens. It was located at the intersection of what we now know as Lineboro Road. There were many settlers of different nationalities. First, however, were English people but later some of the people immigrated were of German descent.
Richard Richards, that was granted 67 acres of land, named the land after his home town in England – New Market joining it to the existing land grant German Churche.
Manchester after the Civil War
The period of time after the Civil War until approximately 1930 made Manchester famous for its relatively large manufacturing cigar production. Anyhow, from 1930 this production has lost its economical side when the mass production of cigars began.
Different nicknames of Manchester during the history
All the way thorough the history, the town of Manchester inherited interesting nicknames regarding some of the habits of its inhabitants. Noodle Doosey is the nickname that the town obtained due to the interesting custom of German people that consisted of stringing the noodles on lines outside of their homes. The German also had a habit of making ginger cakes which lead to giving Manchester the Gingercake Town nickname.
Estimated population of Manchester and its everyday life
Estimated around 4800 people big population, Manchester keeps expanding in order to grow and give accommodation to the increasing population. It is true that the citizens still have to travel to larger areas due to the nonexistence of large employers inside the town but there is a significant rise in the small business sector.
Residential buildings, cute little restaurants and small stores make this place a charming place to live.