New Windsor: Trading routes converged in former Sulphur Springs

New Windsor: Trading routes converged in former Sulphur Springs
Amanda Krumrine scoops cattle feed into buckets on her New Windsor farm Monday, March 26, 2018. Krumrine is an alumna of Annie's Project, a workshop designed to empower women in overall farm decision making. (DYLAN SLAGLE/STAFF PHOTO / Carroll County Times)

The beginnings of New Windsor date back to two tracts of land, Five Daughters and New Windsor, owned by Charles Carroll of Carrollton, for whom the county is named. He gave the properties to his daughter in 1759.

Isaac Richardson Atlee visited the area in 1788 and observed that the area was located at the juncture of three major trading routes: a military route from the Potomac River, which joined with a leg that went to Annapolis, and onto Buffalo, N.Y. The other route traveled from Winchester, Va., to Philadelphia.


Atlee first recorded "The Plan of New Windsor" in the Frederick County Land Records of Feb. 22, 1797, to capitalize upon its location on the junction of the three major roads and the nearby sulphur springs, which were believed to possess medicinal properties. For many years, the town was a health resort known as Sulphur Springs. In the beginning, the community consisted of 28 lots along Bath Street (now known as Main Street), divided at the center by High Street.

The town incorporated in 1844 and rapidly expanded after the railroad arrived in 1862. Although the origins of the local fire company date back to 1908, the company we know today was reorganized into being in 1948.

From the late 1840s until 1944, the town was the location of a series of colleges with names such as Calvert, New Windsor and Blue Ridge College, whose fortunes ebbed and flowed with the Civil War and subsequent economic downturns.

Blue Ridge College became the Brethren Service Center in 1944, part of a Church of the Brethren-sponsored worldwide charitable organization that provides medicine, clothing and food to disaster areas worldwide.

The former Brethren Center complex was purchased by the Shanghai Yulun Education Group, which opened Springdale Preparatory School in 2017.

Today, New Windsor is excited about the town's future and the economic boost the new school has provided.

— Kevin Dayhoff

Mayor and Town Council

Elected by voters to four-year terms (May)

Neal C. Roop, mayor, 2021

Edwin W. Palsgrove, Vice-President, 2021

Sandra "Sandee" Custen, 2019

David Hoffman, 2019

Kimberlee C. Schultz, 2019

Edward F. Smith, 2021


The mayor and Town Council meet at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at the County Library Administration Building, 1100 Green Valley Road, New Windsor.

Town Hall

P.O. Box 609

211 High St., New Windsor, MD 21776-0609