Rocky Ridge, Maryland
The Monocacy Church of the Brethren in July 1996
Location in Maryland
Ridge (the United States)
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The Rocky Ridge area was settled by several families by the mid-18th century, at which time it was known as Ogleton, after the Ogle family. It has spent most of its life as a "crossroads village," being centered on the intersection of the roads that today are Maryland Route 76 and Maryland Route 77. It was a railroad depot in the latter half of the 19th century; the Western Maryland Railway reached Rocky Ridge in 1870, and the Emmitsburg Railroad connected with it there in 1875. Highlighting the importance of the railroads in its existence, the Rocky Ridge stretch of Maryland Route 76 is known as Motters Station Road after Joshua Motter, president of the Emmitsburg Railroad.
The town is known for the "Big Slide," a forty-foot tall wooden slide, built by volunteers in 1950. The slide is located in Mount Tabor Park, a park founded by Mount Tabor Church in the early 20th century and still administered by the church today. The park is said to have been used for religious revivals.