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Finksburg, Maryland
Greater Baltimore Hindu-Jain Temple
Greater Baltimore Hindu-Jain Temple
Country United States
State Maryland
County Carroll
Elevation
564 ft (172 m)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
GNIS ID 584378

Finksburg is an unincorporated community in Carroll County, Maryland, United States. It is the location of the National Security Agency's EKMS Central Facility. Finksburg is located at the intersection of Maryland Route 91 and Maryland Route 140, on the border of Carroll and Baltimore counties. It is an unincorporated area about one mile northwest of the Liberty Reservoir and six miles southeast of Westminster, Maryland.

Finksburg is named after Adam Fink, owner of a local tavern and toll road in the early 19th century.

Modern day

The town is host to the Finksburg Plaza shopping center as well as restaurants, auto repair facilities, shops, gas stations, parks, and schools.

The Finksburg community is protected by its own residents who volunteer their time at the Reese & Community Volunteer Fire Company. The fire company is a 100% volunteer operation on the fire suppression side. The EMS services are manned 24/7 by paid full-time and part-time Paramedics and EMTs. Also, firefighters from the nearby small town of Gamber sometimes come to assist in the event of a fire.

Many small neighborhoods in the Finksburg area hail to the local Carroll County Public School system, mainly served by Sandymount Elementary, Shiloh Middle, and Westminster High School. Gerstell Academy, an independent K-12 school is also located in Finksburg. Across the street sits the 13,805 sq. ft. Finksburg Branch of the Carroll County Public Library which opened in 2009 and "was the first green building in Carroll County" Although a quiet town, Finksburg is known for strong Maryland standardized test scores and good sports programs.

Finksburg is host to the Roaring Run Community Park, a small sports complex with four baseball diamonds, as well as Sandymount Park which features walking paths, tennis courts, a basketball court, playground, three baseball diamonds, and six grass athletic fields. The Greater Baltimore Hindu-Jain Temple and the Evergreen Memorial Gardens cemetery are located in Finksburg.

Car 54, Where Are You? and Munsters actor Fred Gwynne is interred at the Sandy Mount United Methodist Church's cemetery in an unmarked grave.

Yearly, the Baltimore Ravens Training camp hosts practice in Owings Mills, several miles away. Former-Ravens players Torrey Smith and Haloti Ngata lived locally.

History

  • 1849 - Edward Remington and the Patapsco Mining Company opened cobalt mines near Finksburg
  • 1855 - Western Maryland Railroad reached Finksburg
  • 1856 - A. L. Hoover was postmaster of Finksburg, earning $63.60 for the year
  • 1858 - Cobalt mining was unprofitable and mines were closed for financial reasons
  • 1866 - Baseball was the most popular sport, the "Star" of Finksburg was the local club (team)
  • 1873 - The Alpha Farmers' Club of Carroll County was established
  • 1881 - The Finksburg Literary Society organized lecturers for Friday night meetings at the Mechanics' Hall. Admission was 5 cents.
  • 1888 - L. A. J. Lamotte operated a business for canning corn
  • 1935 - Sandymount Elementary School began as a three-room stone building consolidating the smaller one room schools of Reese, Bethel, and Sandymount.

Timeline information taken from, unless otherwise noted: Warner, Nancy, Ralph Levering and Margaret Taylor Woltz. Carroll County Maryland: A History 1837-1976. Carroll County Bicentennial Committee, 1976.

Cold Saturday was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. Taylor-Manning-Leppo House was listed in 2009.

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