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Historical Society Headquarters

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Historical Society Headquarters

Since its incorporation in 1959, the Historical Society of Baltimore County (HSBC) has been housed in Baltimore County’s third and last Almshouse (built 1872).  HSBC’s mission is to collect, preserve and interpret the rich history of Baltimore County for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Almshouse, constructed in 1872, was once home to the poor, indigent, mentally ill, and occasionally used as a hostel by  travelers passing by.  In addition to its many collections, the society maintains the Almshouse’s original ledgers detailing the...

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Sparrows Point Rail Mill

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Sparrows Point Rail Mill

An image of the Sparrows Point Rail Mill c1895.  Sparrows Point was named for Thomas Sparrow, landowner, and was the site of a very large industrial complex owned by the Pennsylvania Steel Company and thereafter Bethlehem Steel, known for steel-making and shipbuilding. Sparrows Point remained largely rural until 1887, when an engineer named Frederick Wood realized the marshy inlet would make an excellent deep-water port for the Pennsylvania Steel Company. Steel was first made at Sparrows Point in 1889, by the Pennsylvania Steel Company. By the mid-20th century, Sparrows Point was the...

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Please thank our sponsors and contributors…

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Please thank our sponsors and contributors…

On behalf of the Historical Society of Baltimore County, its board, members, and mission to “… collect, preserve and interpret the rich history of Baltimore County for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations,” thank you!       Direct Funding & In-Kind Gifts Courtesy… Academy Financial, Inc. Alex Cooper Auctioneers, Inc. B&E Storage, Inc. Carolyn Black-Sotir & Michael Sotir Catherine T. Germenko The Citizens of Baltimore County Cornerstone Accounting Costume Society of America Diamond Wealth Management Drs. Donna Keuck...

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Baltimore City – Formerly Baltimore Town

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Baltimore City – Formerly Baltimore Town

The territory of Baltimore Town, officially established in 1729, was originally under the jurisdiction of Baltimore County.  Baltimore City was thereafter incorporated as a municipality within Baltimore County’s boundaries in 1796 (Chapter 68, Acts of 1796).  The City name was derived from the Proprietary’s Irish Barony.  In 1816, Baltimore City annexed additional land dubbed “the precincts,” up to North Avenue.  As a governmental unit, the City separated from Baltimore County in 1851, when a new constitution was established placing City and county in separate...

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Farmlands Estate, Catonsville, MD c1900

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Farmlands Estate, Catonsville, MD c1900

While Catonsville acquired its reputation in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as a summertime retreat for wealthy Baltimoreans, many of whom built ornate Victorian homes in the City’s suburb due to its proximity to the railroad and electric street cars, estates like Farmlands are remnants of an even earlier era.  To learn more, ask about our quarterly History Trails vol. 41, no. 2 (2009-2010).

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