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The Pennsylvania state capital is Harrisburg.
The population of Rouzerville is approximately 1,188 (1990), 917 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 462 (1990), 380 (2010).
The amount of land area in Rouzerville is 1.867 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Rouzerville to Washington DC is 64 miles.
The distance to the Pennsylvania state capital is 51 miles. (as the crow flies)
Rouzerville is positioned 39.73 degrees north of the equator and 77.52 degrees west of the prime meridian.

Rouzerville Historical Events

Peter Rouzer was one of the leading citizens of the village of Pikesville, later called Rouzerville. He was the son of Martin and Rosanna (Gernand) Rouzer. He was born June 19, 1837, raised on his parents farm in Frederick County, Md. and attended common schools in Thurmont. In the year 1859 he took for his young bride Mary J. Hawk. In 1860 when the nation status was young and husky, Peter Rouzer and his young bride started out in a covered wagon along with, at the time, two of six children (Charles, Emma, Clara, Kate, Rosa and Carrie). He came upon the land 1 mile of the Mason Dixon Line and settled there with the beauty of the nearby hills and the house or two which made up the crossroads at Pikesville.
He obtained the land in 1868 that was named after him and farmed. He would gather up the produce once a week and travel to the Baltimore markets as a food buyer and retailer. He was ahead of his time in realizing the profit to be realized in supplying the demands of consumers. At the time the name was changed to Rouzerville, the population was a few hundred.
Peter Rouzer was happy in his choice of a location in which to live out most of his years. Gradually the area became more populated. A school was constructed and homes sprang up. Besides the farming he embarked in a lumber and sawmill operation. Today, third, fourth, and fifth generations of the Rouzer family are now living in and near the community thanks to the insight of Peter Rouzer who recognized a good place to live when he saw it.
Submitted by Terri Speelman
My great grandmother was the youngest of his six children. Today I still visit the area that my great great grandfather founded and recognized as a good place to live. I have kept up the history of the area and town for my own children.

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