James McCarron moved to Taneytown from the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 1983 with his wife and three children. His fourth was born in Taneytown, where McCarron has served in city government for more than 30 years, including the last nine as mayor. We asked him about some of his favorite things about Carroll's oldest municipality.
Q: What's the best thing about living in Taneytown?
A: The best thing about Taneytown is the willingness of neighbors to help neighbors. We are a friendly town that goes out of the way to help our neighbors when times get tough.
Q: What makes Taneytown unique from Carroll County's other small towns?
A: We are unique because we are the oldest of Carroll County's municipalities. We are located in the northwest corner of the county, offering beautiful, unspoiled views of the Blue Ridge/Catoctin Mountains. I doubt there is a more beautiful spot in the county.
Q: What would you consider Taneytown's marquee or signature event of the year?
A: Taneytown prides itself in planning family events throughout the year. To single one out would be hard. Certainly the annual Wine, Music & Art event — this year held on June 18 — featuring local vineyards, microbrewers and musical talent, is not to be missed. Our annual Christmas tree lighting is a favorite of mine, featuring local elementary schools' choruses and holiday fun for all.
Q: If someone has never visited Taneytown, what are three things you would recommend they do there?
A: On the top of the list would be to stay at Antrim 1844 inn. Soak in the elegance and history that have made this inn a world-class destination.
One of the best little bakeries anywhere is located on our Main Street. The Stone House Cakery is open for all your favorite goodies. You don't want to forget to stop. They also make terrific sandwiches and have the best crab soup!
Next would be to spend some time in our town just exploring. Visiting the shops, antiquing or taking a break for breakfast lunch or dinner, the old-fashioned way. Why not plan a picnic in on of our parks? I know we have the best park system for miles around.
Q: What's something people might not know about Taneytown?
A: Our city is rich in history. Union Gen. George Meade used Taneytown as his headquarters before the Battle of Gettysburg. At the turn of the 20th century, the "Opera Train" would arrive from Pennsylvania to bring theater-goers to the Grand Opera House for an evening of entertainment. The Carroll County Fair called Taneytown home for many years. George Washington visited the Adam Goode Tavern in 1791 on his way to Philadelphia. Dwight Eisenhower visited Cambridge Rubber Plant to thank them for their war effort … I could go on.
Elected by voters to four-year terms (May)
Diane A. Foster, mayor pro tem, 2017
Joseph A. Vigliotti, 2017
Angelo A. Zambetti, 2017
Donald C. Frazier, 2019
Bradley J. Wantz, 2019
The mayor and City Council meet at 7:30 p.m. the second Monday of every month.
17 E. Baltimore St., Taneytown, MD 21787