Almost overnight in the 1960s, Olney was transformed from an agricultural area to a residential community. The once fertile farmlands that spread across the region were turned into quiet neighborhoods surrounding a commercial center (at the intersection of Route 108 and Georgia Avenue) that included eateries, a grocery store, a movie house, gas stations and office buildings. Today, a long-standing tradition at the edge of town is the Olney Theatre, where live musical and dramatic presentations are held year-round, drawing audiences from near and far. The historic Olney Ale House also continues to serve the public on the eastern edge of town. Olney, in addition, is home to MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, a county library, an indoor swim center and multiple golf courses and driving ranges. Many new housing developments have sprung up around Olney’s core, giving it a well-rounded population boost that helps keep the local economy growing.