Glenwood is a community of pleasant contrasts, a fantastic blend of old and new…rural and urban…historical and progressive. Residents of Glenwood experience the perfect combination of a bucolic lifestyle and its convenient location nestled between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Acres of preserved open space create a serene ambiance that respects the area’s great historical presence, while offering inhabitants a suburban lifestyle. Settled in the early 1700s by the Ridgely and Warfield families when they formed the large tobacco plantations of Bushy Park, Longwood and Ellersle, Glenwood continues to thrive as a Western Howard County community. Many Ridgely and and Warfield family members are still active members of the community and harmoniously share the rich history of the area with new residents.
Living in Glenwood is great for workers to commute by car to employment centers located in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Columbia or Frederick. Residents enjoy direct proximity within miles to Interstate 70 and MD Route 97 and MD Route 32. Glenwood’s idyllic location offers easy access to major highways, combined with alternate picturesque routes to take the road less travelled.
Glenwood Recreation Info
A True Community Center
Howard County built the Gary J. Arthur Community Center at Glenwood (GCC) to serve the growing population in the western portion of the county. Located within Western Regional Park, the facility is shared by the Departments of Recreation & Parks, Health, and Police as well as the Office on Aging. Features include a fitness room, commercial kitchen, double gymnasium, pre-school classrooms, multi-purpose rooms, senior activity room, and much more.
The Great Outdoors
Glenwood’s preserved open spaces, historical farms and modern recreation facilities allow residents to tune in with nature at its unspoiled best. Area families enjoy picking their own produce and pumpkins at nearby Larriland Farm. Learn about bee keeping and farm life and explore the petting zoo at Sharp’s Waterford Farm. Hiking trails interspersed within the trees of Western Regional Park offer the chance to bird watch. One of the area’s hidden gems is Warfield Pond Park. Stroll or bike the paved loop around the fishing pond at Warfield Pond Park and observe many fish, tortoises and geese from the two observation decks. Don’t be surprised to see painters setting up their easels to transfer the park’s natural beauty onto canvas. The park also offers beach volleyball, basketball or tennis on the courts. The playset and the courts are within perfect view of the covered pavilion to keep a watchful eye on young friends.
Glenwood residents also embrace the equestrian lifestyle of the area with many options to learn how to ride at local farms.
Glenwood residents have got game…and the perfect facilities to enjoy it! Western Regional Parklocated off of Carrs Mill Road is the perfect facility for Howard County residents to enjoy active lifestyles. Lacrosse is the most popular youth sport in this area, but participation levels in football, basketball, soccer and baseball are also high. Many local youth and adult leagues use the park as their home facilities. The 190-acre park offers four premium grass multi-purpose sport fields, two lighted synthetic turf fields, tennis courts and a playground. There are also five ball diamonds, one lighted baseball field and two basketball courts. There are five pavilions available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you prefer to work out indoors, the Gary J. Arthur Community Center at Glenwood offers a fitness center and open gym time for both youth and adults. Additional park facilities include pathways, nature/horse trails, three restroom facilities, and a maintenance facility.
When it’s time to cool off poolside, The Western Howard County Swim Clubis a non-profit pool and tennis club with 350 members. The group sponsors the West Howard Wahoo Swim and Dive teams each summer, swimming and tennis lessons, social events and reserved areas for private parties.
The Cattail Creek Country Club has a reputation as Howard County’s premier family-friendly club and is recognized as one of the top golf courses in Maryland. Members rave that it is desirable club because of the successful balance of a family-centered atmosphere and a consistent high-caliber setting for professional needs. In addition to the golf course, the club offers members a gorgeous pool, tennis program, fitness center, restaurant, golf and tennis pro shops and facilities for special events.
Glenwood’s mix of rural and urban appeal also extends to the area’s shopping options. Glenwood residents enjoy short commutes to both sophisticated and vintage shopping districts, with the convenience of everyday essentials close at hand. Many of the local shops are owned and operated by Glenwood residents.
Visit the Glenwood Shopping Center at the intersection of Route 97 and Carrs Mill Road for everyday essentials. The center houses a UPS Store, barber shop, Casual Gourmet,Vittorio Ristorante, Subway and Hillmouth Automotive Center. Across the street is a Highs convenient store, Books with a Past, Damon Foreman Music Academy, Smokin’ Hot restaurant and bar, Salon Tusey and the medical practice of Dr. Scott Maurer, M.D. The Vintage Marketplace at Glenwood is a short drive south on route 97 and offers antiques and collectibles. Renowned, family-owned Walnut Springs Nursery is where many local residents purchase their annual plants and flower beds and is located at the intersection of route 97 and Burntwoods Road. During the summer months, the Glenwood Community Farmer’s Market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Glenwood Community Center offering residents the chance to purchase produce from local farms.
The closest grocery stores are Food Lion at the Lisbon Shopping Center, Safeway in Eldersburg and Ellicott City, Martins in Eldersburg and Harris Teeter in Ellicott City. Two Costco stores are within a 30-minute drive, one in Frederick and one in Columbia. There is also a B.J.s in Columbia.
For big store names and designer labels, the Mall in Columbia is a 25-minute drive. Ellicott City’s Long Gate Shopping Centerhas the closest Target and the nearby town of Eldersburg offers Wal-Mart, TJ Maxx and Home Depot. The towns of Olney and Frederick also offer additional shopping areas with national retailers for consumers.
A 10-minute drive to charming Sykesville offers charismatic shops in historically significant buildings on Main Street. This historic Patapsco River Valley town is located on the old main line of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B & O). Stroll the Main Street area Sykesville’s Main Street Association has vibrantly combined the town’s old-fashioned picturesque appeal with modern-day shops and events and activities targeted to both families and adults. A 20-minute trip to Historic Ellicott City also offers shoppers the complete package for a great experience. Vintage shops, historical sites and fine dining options combine for a fun outing to take out of town visitors and guests.
Experience the best of tried and true favorite eateries near Glenwood. Smokin’ Hot Bar and Grille is a favorite pit stop at the intersection of Route 97 and Carrs Mill Road. Known for their great food, the restaurant has become a favorite gathering spot for friends to watch games on the BIG screen TV or hear live bands on the weekends. Nestled on Route 144/Old Frederick Road, the Lisbon Town Grill’s unassuming location in the heart of Lisbon may easily be overlooked by outsiders, but Glenwood residents know that the smokehouse sandwich shop and caterer is a hidden gem known for their all-day breakfast platters, BBQ and generosity to support community organizations. Also, on Route 144/Old Frederick Road, the Woodbine Inn is known for hard shell Maryland crabs.
When it’s time for dessert, Shavers Snow Balls and Soft Serve isn’t just a local spot for a refreshing treat. It has become a summer gathering spot to play corn hole and meet up with friends. Alex’s Snow Cones and Ice Cream is another great spot to meet up with friends for cool treats featuring hand-dipped Hershey’s ice cream, shakes and hot dogs. Picnic tables and a playset encourage visitors to linger and enjoy the camaraderie of downtown Lisbon.
Glenwood supports the farming lifestyle and industry that built its community with many programs to keep agriculture vibrant in Western Howard County. The University of Maryland Extension programs have existed for over 80 years funded by the Howard County Government, the University of Maryland and the United States Department of Agriculture. Many Glenwood youth and families participate in 4-H Clubs with programs for livestock sales, sewing, beekeeping, fashion and robotics challenges just to name a few. The annual Howard County Fair is a two-week event at the Howard County Fairgrounds where the Western Howard County community has come together for over 70 years. The Fair features daily entertainment, amusement rides and games, a petting zoo, pig races, farm produce, AG displays, bingo hall and parades. Popular contests include pie eating, pretty animal, antique automobile and the amateur variety show.
Equestrian lovers also flock to Howard County to farms that offer boarding stables. Many community members also volunteer at Days End Farm Horse Rescue™, Inc, an animal welfare organization established in 1989 to ensure quality care and treatment of horses through intervention, education and outreach.
The nearest hospital for Glenwood residents is Howard County General Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Residents also have short commutes to the greater medical specialty facilities located within Baltimore and Washington, D.C.