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    Local Neighborhoods

    by grandmaR Updated Aug 6, 2011

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    Baltimore City has over 200 neighborhoods and there are more in Baltimore County.

    My husband grew up in Rodgers Forge in Baltimore County-between York Rd and Bellona Avenue, just north of city line. The neighborhood consists of row houses (town houses) which were built in the 40s and 50s.

    Pictured is the house my husband lived in. It is the end house on the row so it has side windows. Behind the house is an alley - the houses have small (40s era car size) garages off the alley, and they also had a cut-out in the alley so they could park another car there without blocking the alley (photo 3)

    During WWII, they leased part of the house out to another couple. My father-in-law, mother-in-law, and sister-in-law lived on the second floor and my husband slept in the attic. The couple that rented from them lived on the first floor. After the war, the renters left, and my future in-laws moved back downstairs.

    I grew up in Roland Park, which is in Baltimore City. We lived on St. Johns Road between Roland Avenue and the railroad tracks. Our house was the original farmhouse of the district - it had a pantry and a woodshed, but did not originally have indoor plumbing. (photo 5)

    Roland Park is between Tuscany Road, Canterbury Road and Wilmslow Road on the east, University Parkway, Falls Road and Jones Falls Expressway on the south and west and Northern Parkway on the north. Our side of Roland Avenue was the "50 cent side" where the homes were smaller. It was laid out by George Kessler. The west side was the "dollar side" and was laid out by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr.

    Roland Park indirectly derives its name from Lake Roland, located to the north, which in turn is named for a Baltimore County landowner, Roland Thornberry. Development plans were begun in 1890, when William Edmunds decided to subdivide 100 acres of his property lying between Roland Avenue (then Maryland Avenue), Wynhurst Avenue, Cold Spring Lane, and the new Baltimore and Lehigh Railroad (later the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad) along the Stony Run.

    My husband Street in Rogers Forge Alley behind the houses another view of the house My great aunt with my sister and me
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    The Neighborhood of Charles North

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Charles North is bounded by Howard Street, Penn Station, St. Paul Street and 22nd Street

    It mostly has a transient rental population with many commercial properties. Good things about the area include Charles Theater, antique shops on Maryland Ave., and a new shopping center at Howard and 21st streets.

    The area grew in the 1880's and 90's as suburbs to downtown Baltimore. It appears to have been a middle to upper middle class neighborhood with North Ave. as a fine shopping area. The area changed greatly during World War II as the large houses were made into apartments.

    One of the places of worship is the Seventh Baptist Church. This church has been chiefly notable in the past as the church of Richard Fuller. His biography says:

    "In 1847 Fuller accepted the pastorate of the Seventh Baptist Church in Baltimore. He accepted the call on the condition that the church buy another piece of property and begin construction on a new building before he came. This they did and the church thrived, as mentioned earlier, throughout those turbulent years before and during the War. In 1871 Fuller led the church to build a building in the northwest part of Baltimore for the establishment of a new mission, the Eutaw Place Baptist Church"

    He increased church membership to 1200 during his time at Seventh Baptist.

    "Unfortunately, the event for which Fuller is remembered most today is his newspaper debate in the mid-1840's [before he came to Baltimore] with fellow-Baptist Francis Wayland over the subject of slavery in the Scriptures. The debate was published in the book Domestic Slavery Considered as a Scriptural Institution. Like George Whitefield, Richard Fuller was a slaveowner...."

    Somewhat ironically, the church now is under the leadership of Michael Coles, the first African American pastor. Since 1996, he has taken pride in leading Seventh Baptist, a church that didn't allow black people to sit on its outside steps in the 1930s and 1940s.

    Seventh Baptist Church
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    Visit Sherwood Gardens

    by grandmaR Written Oct 23, 2010

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    We used to watch in the paper for when the bloom would be at peak in Sherwood Gardens - one of the premier tulip gardens in the world.

    Some of the plants in the garden were collected from gardens of Colonial estates in Southern Maryland and date back to the 18th century. There are also numerous varieties of rare trees which comprised another aspect of Mr. Sherwood's particular interests. The garden is usually at its best toward the end of April and beginning of May. It is free and you don't need reservations to see it.

    My dad's photo of me in 1954 Sherwood Gardens grass waiting to be raked off the lawn Pansies Azaleas and tulips
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    Poe's Grave

    by grandmaR Updated May 17, 2008

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    In 1957, I customarily took the trolley car to my summer job at the University of Maryland hospital cafeteria. When I got off at this corner, I could see the tomb of Edgar Allen Poe - the cemetery's most famous resident as I passed. The stone dates from 1875, when the money for it was raised by a group of local school children.

    There is a lot of mystery about Poe. Did he die of drink, exposure, suicide, cholera, rabies, syphilis,or was he poisoned? Who is actually buried under Poe's grave? Originally Poe was buried next to his grandfather - General Poe. There is some speculation that in 1875 when the tombstone was installed, that the wrong body was dug up and moved.

    Who is the mysterious Poe Toaster who visits the grave in the early hours of Poe's birthday, January 19th? The man, described as an elderly gentleman draped in black with a silver-tipped cane, has knelt at the grave for a toast of Martel cognac every year since 1949. He leaves the half-full bottle and three red roses

    When I was going up to the dentist and to visit my mother before she died in 2006, I got this picture from the roof of the parking garage. It shows the grave sticking up from behind the brick wall. The 1786 cemetery was the final resting place of many notable Baltimoreans (in addition to Poe) including James Calhoun (first Mayor of Baltimore), Edward Johnson (another Baltimore mayor), John Crawford (founded the Baltimore Dispensary), James McHenry (signer of the Constitution), Samuel Smith (Senator and Col in the Continental Army), John Stricker (General in the War of 1812), Robert Smith (secretary of the Navy under Jefferson) and merchants Robert Purviance, William Buchanan, and David Stewart.

    A large portion of the graveyard can only be reached by way of the catacombs underneath the building. It is here where the ghosts including the ghost of Poe are said to walk.

    Westminster Burying Ground and Catacomb Tours:

    April-July: 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month. (Reservations are required as tours may be canceled for insufficient enrollment.) Special tours may be arranged for groups of 15 or more people.

    Admission: Free to the grounds but there is an admission for the tour.

    509 W. Fayette St.
    Baltimore, Maryland, 21201

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    Public comfort station

    by Dabs Updated Sep 24, 2006

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    I just had to take a picture of this, a public toilet called a Public Comfort Station, I'd never seen that term used before or a public toilet in a nice brick building located on a street. I didn't check to see if it was still functional....

    Public comfort station

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    Lexington Market

    by frankcanfly Written Aug 30, 2004

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    Established in 1782, this Baltimore landmark claims to be the oldest continuously operating market in the United States. Lexington Market has more than 130 vendors selling fresh meat, produce, seafood, baked goods, delicatessen items, poultry, and food products from around the world. Faidley's Seafood's world famous crab cakes are available here.

    At Lexington and Eutaw Streets.

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    The Emerson Tower on Lombard...

    by richiecdisc Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    The Emerson Tower on Lombard Street was built in 1912 and is just one example of the strange hodgepodge of buildings that you find in Baltimore. As I said before, the city ain't pretty, but somehow, it has a bizzare flair that begs you to get to know it better.

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    In Baltimore County, just 15...

    by cobrioc Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    In Baltimore County, just 15 minutes from downtown Baltimore,the town of Towson serves as the county seat.
    Established in 1685 as a stagecoach stop, Towson was one a thriving farm community.
    Today it's a bustling residential and shopping area.

    Visit the Hampton National Historic Site at 535 Hampton Line.
    A Georgian home begun in 1783 by Charles Ridgely, the Hampton House depicts the life of opuleance in post-
    Revolutionary times.
    The 60-acre site features a 19th century garden, greenhouses, an ice house, stables, and the mansion, as well as a tearoom for refreshments.
    Baltimore area has something for everyone.

    The Great Blacks in Wax Museum,is the United States first only wax museum devoted to African-American history and culture.
    More than 100 life-size and life-like wax figures are depicted in dramatic historical scenes.

    If life's a zoo, take a few hours off and visit the real thing at the Baltimore Zoo at Druid Hill Park.
    The zoo features the largest colony of African black-footed penguins in the United States.

    Baltimore's ethnic diversity is one of its charms.
    From Little Italy to Corned Beef Row, the city not only teems with the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of its melting pot population, but has also put together fascinating and educational display to help resident and visitors alike get to know one another better.

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    Columbus Monument, showing the Santa Maria

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    Patterson Park

    by frankcanfly Written Aug 17, 2004

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    Here's a local Park on the East side of town, very close to Fells Point, Canton and Highlandtown.

    The view is looking SouthWest from above.

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