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On a chilly spring morning in April, over 1000 Poolesville residents gathered on Whalen Commons for a commemorative town photograph. All present looked up and waved at the hovering drone as it captured an image of the crowd, neatly assembled to form the number "150". This is just one event of many planned for the Town's year long celebration of it's 150th anniversary. This historic photograph was inspired by National Geographic's 1959 image of residents by the Old Town Hall, taken from a helicopter. Back then we had a population of only 298 residents. Now as we celebrate our 150th Anniversary, our population has grown by the thousands to about 5,400.
Despite decades of change Poolesville remains a gem. Its unique history and rural charm are enhanced by its location, tucked within Montgomery County's Agricultural Reserve. And although it has grown substantially, it remains a small, close-knit community.
The 150th commemorative photograph will be included in a time capsule buried in Whalen Commons to be opened in 2067. Who's to say what fifty years of change will bring to our community, but it's certain that we have recorded some of today's 'small town character, down-home charm' for tomorrow.