Historic Belle Grove Square Neighborhood

Historic Belle Grove Square Neighborhood

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History of the Historic Belle Grove Square Neighborhood

Historic Belle Grove Square can trace its beginnings back to 1866 when George W. Matthews (a Carroll County Grosvenor) bought the land from John B. Boyle for $3000.00. He laid out 30 lots, with most of them fronting the square.

 

George W. Matthews donated the land that is now Belle Grove Square to the City of Westminster.

Our neighborhood founder – George W. Matthews


The boundaries of the original G. W. Matthews addition and surrounding area.

The boundaries of the original G. W. Matthews addition and surrounding area.

Mr. George W. Matthews and his wife officially deeded Belle Grove Square to the citizens of Westminster on May 2, 1877. The park is named after one of his daughters “Belle.”

Belle Grove Square Park in the Spring

Belle Grove Square Park in the Spring

 

This photograph, from the Historical Society of Carroll County, is one of the earliest known views of Westminster, taken in the late 1860s. St. Paul's United Church of Christ, still under construction, its roof covered with boards and its steeple not yet completed, can be seen near a large as yet undeveloped area that became Belle Grove Square.

An early photograph taken during the construction of St. Paul’s church.  Notice the empty hillside just outside of Historic Belle Grove Square.