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Boonsboro, Maryland
Downtown Boonsboro
Downtown Boonsboro
Location in Maryland
Location in Maryland
Country United States
State Maryland
County Washington
Founded 1792
Incorporated 1831
 • Town 3.06 sq mi (7.92 km2)
 • Land 3.05 sq mi (7.91 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.01 km2)  0.34%
 • Urban
1.34 sq mi (3.43 km2)
545 ft (166 m)
 • Town 3,799
 • Density 1,244.35/sq mi (480.46/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 301, 240
FIPS code 24-08625
GNIS feature ID 0589787
Website [1]

Boonsboro is a town in Washington County, Maryland, United States, located at the foot of South Mountain. It nearly borders Frederick County and is proximate to the Antietam National Battlefield. The population was 3,336 at the 2010 census.


Local lore asserts Boonsboro was founded by George Boone, a cousin of Daniel Boone, and was originally named "Margaretsville" after his wife. The town was incorporated as Boonesborough in 1831. Local newspapers and villagers preferred the name Boonsboro. The former name was used on some documents as late as 1903.

Boonsboro was a key town during the American Civil War. Two battles were fought in its present borders. The town was also used to keep wounded soldiers after the Battle of Antietam in September 1862.

Boonsboro lies on what used to be the National Road. Today it is known as either the Old National Pike or Alt-U.S. 40. In Boonsboro it is Main Street.

The town suffered a fire at the former Asaro's (its successor Vesta moved to the building across) in 2007, and a fire at the former inn in 2008. That fire completely gutted the inn, which was on the verge of being renovated and reopened. The Inn BoonsBoro finally opened a year later; it is owned by best-selling romance novelist Nora Roberts.

The Boonsboro Historic District, Bowman House, Ingram-Schipper Farm, Keedy House, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, and Washington Monument are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Boonsboro is located at 39°30′30″N 77°39′14″W / 39.50833°N 77.65389°W / 39.50833; -77.65389.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.91 square miles (7.54 km2), of which, 2.90 square miles (7.51 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 943
1860 864 −8.4%
1870 835 −3.4%
1880 859 2.9%
1890 766 −10.8%
1900 700 −8.6%
1910 759 8.4%
1920 350 −53.9%
1930 369 5.4%
1940 938 154.2%
1950 1,071 14.2%
1960 1,211 13.1%
1970 1,410 16.4%
1980 1,908 35.3%
1990 2,445 28.1%
2000 2,803 14.6%
2010 3,336 19.0%
2020 3,799 13.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,336 people, 1,237 households, and 879 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,150.3 inhabitants per square mile (444.1/km2). There were 1,327 housing units at an average density of 457.6 per square mile (176.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 95.4% White, 2.1% African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.5% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.7% of the population.

There were 1,237 households, of which 37.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.8% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 28.9% were non-families. 24.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.06.

The median age in the town was 40.8 years. 24.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.1% were from 25 to 44; 26.6% were from 45 to 64; and 16.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 46.6% male and 53.4% female.

Area attractions


Boonsboro is served by a 90-acre (360,000 m2) educational complex. It consists of the following schools:

  • Boonsboro Elementary School
  • Boonsboro Middle School
  • Boonsboro High School

The current principal of Boonsboro High School is Sherry Hamilton.


2019-05-18 17 10 50 View east along U.S. Route 40 Alternate (Main Street) just east of Maryland State Route 68 (Lappans Road) in Boonsboro, Washington County, Maryland
US 40 Alternate entering Boonsboro

The primary means of travel to and from Boonsboro is by road. Five main highways serve the town, with the most prominent of these being U.S. Route 40 Alternate. US 40 Alt follows Main Street through central Boonsboro, linking westward to Hagerstown and eastward to Frederick. In addition to US 40 Alt, Maryland Route 34 connects Boonsboro to Sharpsburg, Maryland Route 66 connects the town to Interstate 70, Maryland Route 67 connects it to U.S. Route 340, and Maryland Route 68 links to Interstate 81 and Williamsport.

Notable people

  • Janet Doub Erickson, co-founder of the Blockhouse of Boston, artist and educator (born in Hagerstown Hospital to a Boonsboro farming family, she spent her childhood there).
  • William Thomas Hamilton, 38th Governor of Maryland, U.S. Senator, & U.S. Congressman for Maryland's 2nd District and 4th District. Born in Boonsboro on 8 September 1820.
  • Edwin R. Keedy (1880–1958), Dean of the University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • The late Charlotte Winters, 109, once the oldest surviving female American World War I veteran. Served in the navy.
  • Nora Roberts, author of over 170 romantic novels and entrepreneur of several businesses in Boonsboro.

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