In 1937, F. Upton Gladhill and Bernard "Buck" Gladhill opened the first John Deere dealership in the small town of Damascus, Maryland. The two siblings would name their dealership "Gladhill Brothers", after the family name. The brothers managed the dealership through wartime and through the post-war economic boom. During the 1950's, Upton and Buck's sons worked diligently in the dealership under the watchful eye of their respective fathers.
In 1961 Buck Gladhill saw the need for a John Deere dealership in the city of Frederick, Maryland, which at that time was without a dealer for the "Long Green Line". In January 1962, the grand opening of Gladhill Tractor Mart occured down the street from the Great Frederick Fairgrounds. In the early 1970's Upton and Buck allowed their sons managerial control and ownership of both Damascus and Frederick locations.
In 1979, a new building was built in Frederick to provide larger sales, parts, and service departments for the growing customer base. The new building was built adjacent to the original building, allowing for a dual facility operation in Frederick. In 1994, Gladhill Brothers moved from their location on Lewis drive to a new building at 28129 Ridge Road, just outside of Damascus. Gladhill Tractor moved to 5509 Mt. Zion Rd. in the summer of 2005.
Upton Gladhill passed away in the summer of 1986 leaving only Buck to oversee the second generation of owners at their respective locations. Buck Gladhill celebrated his 95th Birthday in 2004. Unfortunately, Buck Gladhill passed away in the spring of 2005 before he could see the grand opening of the new location. Today, second and third generation family members are employed in various positions at both dealerships.
Along with John Deere, Gladhill Brothers and Gladhill Tractor will continue to build a business as great as our products. To all of our current and future customers, we thank you and we look forward to serving you in the future!