Savage: One-of-a-Kind Shopping Between Baltimore & D.C.

Antiques shop

Old school: The Antique Center in Savage features vintage items from more than 100 dealers.

I’m sure when most people see the word “Savage,” they don’t think of former wrestling superstar Randy “Macho Man” Savage and his inane but thoroughly entertaining rants, but as a 12-year-old it was pretty fun mimicking him. In fact, I still do it today: Ohhh, yeahhh!

In the real world, Savage, Md., is a town in Howard County, and in 2000 it was home to 12,918 residents (the U.S. Census Bureau combines Savage with neighboring Guilford for its count).

Looking for apartments in Savage? You’ll find that downtown Baltimore is less than 20 miles away, and it’s only 27 miles to downtown Washington, D.C. Columbia is less than 10 miles away as well. Best of all, the Maryland Transit Administration MARC train has a stop in Savage, connecting you to both Baltimore and D.C. So commuting is much easier here than it would be in other, farther-out metro area towns.

With that out of the way … would Randy “Macho Man” Savage fit in here? I would hazard to say, no. Likely not enough flash for a guy like him.

However, the town of Savage does have some history. In 1820, Amos Williams and his brothers borrowed $20,000 from John Savage (no relation to Randy, at least I think) and started a textile mill along the Little Patuxent River. They named it Savage Mill, and from 1822 to 1947 it was a working textile mill. The mill produced canvas that was used for sails on clipper ships, as well as for tents, cots and supplies for Civil War armies. The canvas from Savage Mill was even used as painted backdrops for Hollywood silent movies. Another historic attraction in Savage worth mentioning is the Bollman Truss Railroad Bridge. It was fabricated in 1869 but wasn’t used in Savage until 1888.

So I bet you’re wondering what happened to the mill?

Today, Savage Mill is a unique complex of buildings that houses a variety of shops: Antiques, gifts, jewelry, crafts and hand-crafted furniture are all here. Also within its confines may be the best-named bookshop of all time: Curmudgeon Booksellers, which sells rare, new and used books.

While not a hotbed of mercantile activity (other than Savage Mill), Savage is near various shopping opportunities in Hanover (at Arundel Mills Mall) and Columbia (at The Mall in Columbia). Target and Kohl’s are even closer, on Maryland Route 198 in Laurel. You’re very close to grocery stores too (Weis Markets, Food Lion).

So, why not move here … ohhh, yeahhh! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist one more.) Check out Apartment Showcase to find an apartment.

Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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