Quince Orchard Shopping Center (now called Potomac Valley Shopping Center) was built in 1969. The first shops opened in 1970 and included a Safeway and a People's Drug as the two anchor stores. The People's Drug store actually had a soda fountain inside. Other businesses included Tool Shed Hardware, University National Bank, Pizza Barn, High's Dairy and Quince Orchard Dry Cleaners. In the mid-1980s, I remember my father bringing our TV to the TV repair guy located in this shopping center. You don't see many of those around anymore. Eventually, the Safeway became Fuddruckers, which is now Rockafellas. The People's became a CVS, which is now Montgomery County Liquor. "COMMENTS"
The photo on the left shows the construction of The Orchards neighborhood in 1972. These photos were taken from the Potomac Valley Shopping Center. "COMMENTS"
The Orchards neighborhood entrance off Darnestown Road - 1972 and today. "COMMENTS"
These photographs show Darnestown Road, looking towards Rockville. This entire area was known as Hunting Hill. The red signpost that used to display the Butcher's Block sign in the 1980s is still there. Today, most of the old houses further up the road are being demolished to make way for "luxury" townhomes. "COMMENTS"
The old photo on the left shows the Keg and Kork beer store in the early 1980s. Originally, this was the location of Davis' General Store at Hunting Hill, which was at the corner of Darnestown and Travilah Roads. Today, an office building sits on the site. "COMMENTS"
Davis' General Store, 1975