Then & Now: Reed Brothers Dodge 80 Years Ago

Reed Brothers Dodge and the surrounding area sure has changed a lot in its almost century-long history. You might not realize how much things have changed until you look back and see what it looked like in the past. For this post, I have used one of Lewis Reed’s original photographs for “then” and a Google Maps street view image from today for “now”.

THEN: Aerial view showing Reed Brothers Dodge at its original location at the triangle close to 80 years ago. The connector street behind the dealership was later named “Dodge Street” commemorating Reed Brothers’ presence from 1914-1970. Photo taken by Lewis Reed from a Goodyear Blimp that came to the dealership in 1938 to promote tires.

Reed Brothers Dodge Aerial

Aerial view of entire original Reed Brothers dealership at the intersection of Veirs Mill Road and Rockville Pike, ca. 1940. A two-story house stands behind the dealership. Photo by Lewis Reed.

NOW: The color photograph below, is the dealership’s location today, now known as Veterans Park. In the 1970s the site was known as the Francis Scott Key Memorial Park, and later in 1988, it was permanently rededicated as Veterans Park. In the late 1960s, the state of Maryland acquired the land to widen 355 and donated the remaining sliver to the City. The state named the connector street behind the dealership’s location “Dodge Street” because Reed Brothers Dodge dealership was located there for more than 50 years.

Reed Brothers Dodge location 2018

Reed Brothers Dodge original location at the triangle today. Google Image Capture, 2018

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About Reed Brothers

I am a co-owner of the former Reed Brothers Dodge in Rockville, Maryland. Lewis Reed, the founder of Reed Brothers Dodge was my grandfather. We were a family-owned and operated car dealership in Rockville for almost a century. I served in the United States Air Force for 30 years before retiring in the top enlisted grade of Chief Master Sergeant in July 2006. In 2016, I received the Arthur M. Wagman Award for Historic Preservation Communication from Peerless Rockville for documenting the history of Reed Brothers Dodge in both blog and book format. This distinguished honor recognizes outstanding achievement by writers, educators, and historians whose work has heightened public awareness of Rockville’s architectural and cultural heritage, growth and development.

2 responses to “Then & Now: Reed Brothers Dodge 80 Years Ago”

  1. Frank B. Darcey III says :

    I worked there part time in ’65 & ’66 pumping Gulf gas & cleaning used cars weekends & evenings while going to RMHS. Manning, Nate & Garnet Howard were working there then, and it was Garnet who taught this 16 year old how to properly service an automobile. My father, founder & co-owner of Glen Construction bought all of the companie’s D100 pickups from Marvin Shultz, as
    well as numerous autos. I owned a ’66 Dart, which was hard to beat at 75-80, and every Monday, Lee’s brother (I can’t remember his name) who worked there as well before he went to manage Maryland Motors used to give me a hard time about racing my Dart and voiding my warranty, but he never did, I guess because I kept winning. Good times, good memories there working for $1.10 per hour. BTW, I’m still a Mopar nut with 5 in the garage.

    • Reed Brothers says :

      Hi Frank, Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to share your story. The 1970 design and construction of the new dealership on Rt 355 was managed by the Glen Construction Company. Is your dad in any of these pictures?
      https://reedbrothersdodgehistory.wordpress.com/1970s-1980/construction-of-new-facility/

      I have a lot of fond memories of the Howard brothers and of course, Marvin. It was probably my dad’s brother Jim that gave you a hard time about racing your Dart! HA!

      I’m so happy your visit here brought back some good memories!

      My very best wishes to you,
      Jeanne

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