Kings Contrivance is located on historic land originally owned by the Reverend James Macgill, the first rector of Christ Church located on Oakland Mills Road. An 18th century residence built on the property burned down and was rebuilt in the 19th century. That house was the boyhood home of Howard County Circuit Court Judge James Macgill. It was converted to a restaurant in 1962. The restaurant gave the village its name.
The Village of Kings Contrivance was developed beginning in the early 1970s. Neighborhoods include Huntingdon (southeast area) Macgill's Commons (northwest area) and Dickinson (western area). The area that makes up the residential village was formerly a collection of farm properties that were given as land grants in the 1600s. [en.wikipedia.org, accessed July, 2016]
Kings Contrivance village center  opened in 1986 and houses a number of businesses that serve the surrounding communities of Dickinson, Huntington, Macgill's Common, and the nearby office parks. The commercial Village Center includes a supermarket, drug store, liquor store, banks, ATMs, barber, and a number of restaurants. Professional offices include an insurance agent and a dentist.
Besides shopping, the Village Center also has two churches and a social services organization on a portion of land that was originally designated for an interfaith center. Cornerstone Church and St. Matthew's Orthodox Church serve their respective congregations. St. Matthews House offers people with physical disabilities accessible living spaces. Amherst House, the location of the Kings Contrivance Community Association, is also in the village center. This building, named after Emily Dickinson's hometown in Massachusetts, also serves as a rental hall for community events, parties, and meetings.
- Kins Contrivance Village Board, Kings Contrivance Village Center Community Plan, 2013, www.howardcountymd.gov, accessed July, 2016.
Village of Kings Contrivance Map
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