The Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad (known locally as Ma and Pa) was organized in 1901. It was intended to reach the coal fields of Pennsylvania but the Ma & Pa never extended into either the bituminous or anthracite coal mines of Pennsylvania. However, since anthracite coal had become a primary residential heating fuel, inbound hoppers were a good source of revenue for the new railroad. The railroad was also a main transporter of milk from the farms along its route to the towns and cities that it served. Red Lion and Dallastown provided outbound freight loads of furniture, cigars, and cigar boxes.
In Towson, the train used to cross Susquehanna Ave. and pass the Towson Ice Company, and then cross a plain black metal bridge over York Road and the proceed to go eastward past the old Stebbins-Anderson lumber yard and over to East Towson.
In the late 50s, the Maryland Division of the RR was abandoned. The remains of the old railroad bridge's east pier is pictured below. There is a memorial plaque on the west side with a photo of the old overpass (inset)
Although Towson has several hospitals (GBMC and St. Josephs), the courthouse, shopping, and two major educational institutions (Goucher my mom's alma mater, and Towson University), it only has one historic site that I know of, and that's Hampton. I've been to Hampton several times, but not since the NPS took the site over.
From the website- an abbreviated HAMPTON CHRONOLOGY
1695: Henry Darnall, cousin of Lord Baltimore, is granted the Hampton property.
1745: Colonel Charles Ridgely buys 1,500 acres of Northampton from Darnall's daughter, Ann Hill. He expands his holdings to 11,000 acres.
1760: Charles Ridgely, Jr., known as the Captain, receives Northampton tract from his father. Colonel Ridgely, with sons Charles and John, establishes ironworks on a tributary of the Gunpowder River....
1783: Captain Ridgely begins construction of mansion. Ridgely holdings grow to 24,000 acres....
1938: John Ridgely Jr. inherits core of Hampton property and resides in mansion with family.
1948: Based on outstanding architectural merit, mansion and 43 acres are designated a national historic site. John Ridgely Jr. and his wife continue to live at Hampton, residing in the farmhouse, mansion is opened for tours.
1979: National Park Service takes over administration of the mansion and 60 acres.
I don't think I've visited Hampton since it was taken over by the NPS.
The mansion is easy to get to by car because it's close to three interstate highways--routes 695, 70, and 95, but is about a mile on busy roads with no sidewalks from the end of the #8 bus line, so walking is not recommended.
Fells point is a lovely place to visit during the day for shopping, and visiting the broadway marketplace. You can see where the show homicide was filmed, and sit and watch the boats pass by. There are also nice restaurants to eat at while you are there. Fells point is also where Meg ryan lived in the movie "sleepless in seatle". (incase your interested). :-)