Hampstead is a community shaped by a road, the Baltimore-Hanover Pike. The original settlement of “Spring Garden” was a wagon stop. The Pike became the Main Street and the settlement eventually grew into the Town of Hampstead. Unfortunately, the narrow, two-lane road became increasingly more congested over the years until 2009 when the Hampstead Bypass was built. With heavy traffic moving around the town rather than through it, the future has never looked brighter. Residents enjoy a wide range of recreational opportunities including our well-maintained local parks.
Hampstead was used by farmers from surrounding areas as a center to obtain goods brought from Baltimore and to send produce to markets in Baltimore and Pennsylvania. The level and fertile land, coupled with the availability of lime, gave farmers important advantages for successful farming. In 1879, the Harrisburg Division of the Western Maryland Railroad reached Hampstead. The accessibility of the railroad attracted new residents and made dairy farming profitable.
Hampstead has developed from a farming community to a modern town of about 6,300 residents. Community activities center around the town’s numerous organizations and its schools – Hampstead Day, the Christmas Village, and school sporting events, for examples.
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