New Windsor Known For Charm

Robert Strawbridge, The Founder Of Methodism, Once Had Lived Here

May 05, 1991

A drive down the main street of New Windsor, past well-maintained homes and small shops, reveals the quintessential "small town."

Someof the buildings in town date to the late 18th and early 19th centuries, such as the William Anders house, now a restored private residence.

Robert Strawbridge, the founder of American Methodism, lived in this northwestern Carroll County community, which has a replica of thefirst American Methodist meeting house as well as the house of the first convert to that religion.


With a 1991 population of 842, New Windsor is the smallest municipality in the county.

Its fiscal 1990-1991 (budget year starts July 1) property tax rate is45 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, which is in addition to thecounty property tax; homes are assessed at 40 percent (as of July 1)of market value.

The owner of a typical $134,000 home (assessed at $53,600) pays $241 annually in town property taxes, plus $1,260 in county property taxes.

The town contracts with General Sanitation Service Inc. of Frederick for municipal trash collection once a week.

The cost for trash pickup is included in the town property tax.

Incorporated in 1844, the town is governed by a non-partisan mayor and five-member council serving staggered four-year terms.

Each council member is paid $15 per meeting; the mayor gets $600 annually.

Elections are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of May in odd-numbered years; three council seats are up for election in 1991.

Thecouncil meets at 7:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at TownHall, 211 High St., 21776, telephone 635-6575.

When the Town Hallis closed, call Town Clerk Richard Warehime at 635-2589 for information.

* Mayor James C. Carlisle: since 1989, term ends 1993

* Council President R. Kenneth Green: since 1989, term ends 1993

* Councilman Everett R. Ecker: since 1987, term ends 1991

* Councilman D. Kenneth Grimes: since 1971, term ends 1991

* Councilman Terry L. Petry: appointed 1989, term ends 1991

* Councilman Rebecca H. Harman: since 1989, term ends 1993

* Clerk/Treasurer Richard M. Warehime

* Town Attorney Marker J. Lovell

Tourist attractions

* Antique drinking fountain: Located across from the Dielman Inn, this 19th-century cast-iron fountain was reinstalled in 1976 as a bicentennial project.

* Dielman Inn: The first building in town was an innthat is now within the current building at the intersection of Main and High streets.

Later bought by Louis Dielman, the inn gained a reputation among Baltimoreans as a summer resort in the late 19th century.

The structure now houses an antique store.

* Greenwood Church and Cemetery: A rural church that was built as a meeting house.

The structure is not active at present, but a preservation committee occasionally opens it for services. 876-8385.

* New Windsor Service Center: This charitable organization ships supplies to the needyworldwide.

Its International Gift Shop, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, offers carefully handcrafted items by skilled artisans from more than 50 countries worldwide.

The service center also offers overnight conference and retreat facilities by prior arrangement. 635-6464.

* Robert Strawbridge home: This 18th-century home of the founder of American Methodism is on Strawbridge Lane.

A replica of the first American Methodist meeting house -- a log structure -- and the house of John Evans, the first convert to American Methodism, also are on the Strawbridge property.

A full tour (14 sites) of American Methodism landmarks in and around New Windsor-Westminster, or a small tour (seven sites) are available. 848-4055 or 635-2250.

Special event

* May 18: May Day, sponsored annually by Lionsand Lioness clubs, New Windsor Firemen's Carnival Grounds, 6 a.m. to4 p.m.

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