Before the Revolutionary War, the area was a farming community that was settled by the Farquhar family of Pennsylvania. The town features notables including William Lloyd Oakley and William Henry Rinehart. Oakley, who while born in Westminster grew up in Union Bridge, is known for his work as the former co-executive producer and head writer for the television show “The Simpsons.” Sculptor William Henry Rinehart was born near Union Bridge. Reinhart’s work in the classical style caused many to consider him the last important American sculptor in that manner. Examples of his works are found in a wide range of museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Walter’s Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Carnegie Museum, the Historical Society of Carroll County, and numerous others.