At the top of a ridge with views of Sugarloaf Mountain to the north and the Catoctin Mountain and Blue Ridge ranges to the west, Barnesville enjoys a connection with the rhythms of the natural world while being within commuting distance of the nation's capital. Barnesville is served by the MARC commuter rail system.


The town's motto, "A Caring Community," is a testament to the sense of place enjoyed by the town's residents and their neighbors in the Agricultural Reserve of Western Montgomery County.


Upcoming Events

2021 Town of Barnesville Elections

The Barnesville Town Elections will be held on May 3, 2021, at the Town Hall from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.


Section 74-3 states:  The qualified voters of said town having resided therein for six months previous to any town election and being eighteen years of age shall, on the first Monday in May, 1912, and annually thereafter on the first Monday in May, elect three commissioners of Barnesville to serve for one year, or until their successors shall be duly elected and qualified; except, that beginning with the election to be held in May 1959, and each election thereafter, said elections shall be held every two years to elect said commissioners to serve for two years. The commissioners must be substantial citizens, resident within said corporate limits; must continue to reside within said corporate limits during their term of office, and must serve without pay.

If you are interested in serving as an Election Judge, please notify the town clerk by email.



Every ten years, the Planning Commission updates Barnesville’s Master Plan.

A Master Plan is a document that outlines a vision for the Town’s future. It begins with a description of the Town as it is. Then it lists goals for improvement in the next two decades, along with strategies for achieving that vision.

Here are some of the topics included in our plan:

  • Environment – especially water issues because we all rely on wells and septic systems. Trees are another topic of great importance, as is climate change.

  • Transportation – especially commuter traffic, pedestrian safety and access to MARC services.

  • Housing – both maintenance of our current housing and goals for future residential development.

  • Public services – because our residents rely on services the County provides, this topic is more descriptive than goal oriented.

  • Future size of our municipality - How much growth do we anticipate? Will more land be annexed into our Town?

  • New issues – will we see an increase in home businesses, including short-term rentals? Will owners prefer to locate them in accessory structures? What will new kinds of antenna for cellular services (5G) look like and how will we regulate them?

Here is a link to the new 2021 Master Plan.

Since the master plan is now adopted, there will be additional work to prepare changes to the various ordinances that Barnesville uses to regulate land use, i.e., the Zoning Ordinance, the Subdivision Ordinance, and the Forest Conservation Ordinance.



The next Town Meeting will be held at 7:30PM on Monday, April 19, 2021, as a virtual meeting. Email the Town Clerk for the Zoom information.


The Planning Commission will meet on Saturday, May 8, 2021, at 8:30AM. This will be a virtual meeting. Email the Town Clerk for the Zoom information.


The town regularly communicates with area residents via a private email list. To be added to this list please use the form at the bottom of this page or complete the form on the Contact page. 


This newspaper, published quarterly, will keep you up to date about what happens in our small town in the country!
Click the link below to read the

January 2021 issue.


This committee was formed in 2018 when the town registered with the Sustainable Maryland program with a goal of becoming certified as a Sustainable Community. The committee is comprised of citizens who work on efforts to sustain the physical environment and the quality of life for area residents. Click the link below to visit the Sustainable Barnesville website and resource page.


As we unfortunately watch the COVID numbers increase in our area as well as nationwide, let's remind ourselves that we play a part in keeping safe. The US Postal Service requires patrons to wear face coverings when in the post office and our postal employees must wear a mask (or a shield for those with a medical exemption) when facing the public. Please do your part and let us know if you have questions.


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