In 1949, a brave group of locals incorporated a piece of land near Andrews Air Force Base and given the name of Morningside. During the time of its origination, the area was behind times. Residents had no access to paved roads and were forced to rely on water and septic tanks for their utilities.
During the late 70s, the town’s population began aligning itself more closely to what it is today. Change was plentiful. Citizens quickly gained access to sewage systems, paved roads, public water, and storm sewers. Street lights were installed and Morningside Elementary School was erected .
The town, which is also known as the “Gateway to the Nation’s Capital”, is located near Joint Base Andrews. Although it might not be easily recognizable to those outside of the area, some of the world’s most influential individuals, including members of Congress, presidents, kings, and queens, have travelled the streets of Morningside, while in route to their flights. Throughout history, locals have witnesses some of the happiest moments, as well as those that devastated the nation. As the Iran hostages returned to the United States, Morningside residents watched on. As John F. Kennedy, progressed from Dallas to Washington, they watched on. And they still do so today.
The town is home to around 2,000 individuals of various backgrounds and ethnicities. With the help of longtime mayor, Gerald A. Glaubitz, the town has grown and prospered into what we have today. Although Morningside is steeped in history, current residents maintain the opinion that the town’s best days remain ahead.