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.


Announcements and Events

Town Meeting 

The next Town Meeting will be held in September. The meeting will be held in person and available on-line via Zoom. 

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Barnesville's 275th Anniversary Celebration

The Town of Barnesville is turning 275! 

Join us on October 2, 2022 at Lillard's Corner Park and around town for the festivities. There will be a Fun Walk/Run in the morning down West Harris Rd, a celebration around Lillard's Corner Park in the afternoon, and the Town Dinner in the evening. Stay tuned for more information.



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.



Town Meetings are held the third Monday each month. Meetings are being held in a hybrid format. Email the Town Clerk with questions or for more information.

Minutes from prior meetings may be found at Government section Town & Planning Minutes.


The Planning Commission Meetings are held via Zoom.  Email the Town Clerk if you have a question or concern for the planning commission.

Regulations and applications for building permits may be found under the Government section Forms.


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. 

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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

December 2021 issue.

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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.