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Towson Things to Do

  • Hampton (Ridgely's Folly of 1783-1790)

    Captain Charles Ridgely's Hampton is like aristocratic homes such as Castle Howard in Yorkshire, England, with its large octagonal cupola. The Ridgely family descendants lived here from 1790 until after 1948, when the mansion and 43 acres were designated a national historic site. John Ridgely Jr. and his wife continued to live at Hampton, residing...

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  • Nothing

    There really isn't anything to do in Towson. It is the County Seat (which means the County Courts). The first photo was taken around the courthouse of the Old National Guard Armory. There are several instititutions of higher learning there - Towson University and Goucher College and you can visit their campuses. There are several big hospitals -...

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  • 1866 Maryland State Normal School to...

    1866 Towson University opened its doors in Baltimore as the Maryland State Normal School. In 1915, it moved out to Towson. Stephens Hall (1915), the oldest academic building on campus dating from the move from Baltimore, is home of the College of Business and Economics. Its clock tower is a campus landmark. By 1935, Maryland State Normal School had...

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  • Loch Raven Reservoir

    This is the closest park from Towson. The reservoir is a watershed area and provides Baltimore with 60% of its water. There are plenty of hiking and mountain bike trails around the reservoir. Canoing and fishing as well as trap shooting are also available. There is a beautiful drive through the park and over the reservoir that is closed during...

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  • Towson Town Center

    For the mall-a-holic in all of us, Towson Town Center is truly a shopper's paradise. Located in Towson proper, 14 miles north of downtown Baltimore, the Towson Town Center is a spot where the generations collide and shop. Towson hosts the more upscale end of merchants in the area, including Nordstrom, Talbots, Williams Sonoma, Benetton and Crate &...

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  • Towson University

    One reason Towson is such a consummate city-suburb is the thousands of college students who inhabit the area for nine months of the year. Towson University is the second-largest of the Maryland state universities. Its 320-acre campus serves about 15,000 full- and part-time students. Originally opened as a teacher's school in 1866, the university...

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Towson Restaurants

  • Coffee and Bagels

    This place is mostly a coffee and bagel place, but they do serve interesting food. They will do breakfast things (like omlets) all day. But they don't do dinner, so the price of a meal is not applicable.Store HoursMonday: 5:30 am - 5:00 pmTuesday: 5:30 am - 5:00 pmWednesday: 5:30 am - 5:00 pmThursday: 5:30 am - 5:00 pmFriday: 5:30 am - 5:00...

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  • Lunch Bunch

    When my sister and I were clearing out my mom's house, we would have to eat lunch somewhere, and one of the places we ate was here at this place.Hours: Kitchen Monday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sunday: 11 a.m.-midnight Bar Daily: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Cuisine: Burger, Sandwich, Seafood, Steak, American, American Traditional and Classic, and Bar Food Meals...

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  • Especially for Children

    This was one of my grandmother's favorite places to take us when we had our children with us. I think she felt that there would be stuff for the kids to look at while they waited for their food.

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  • Lunch with Children

    Deb and I (Barb) were up in Towson with our kids after my grandmother died, and needed to get lunch somewhere. We knew that TGIF had a kids menu. So we went here. I think the kids got burgers and fries. I got a grilled chicken salad.

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  • My Husband Likes Seafood

    So he loves this restaurant.Hours of OperationMonday - Thursday11:00 AM - 02:00 AMFriday - Saturday11:00 AM - 02:00 AMSunday12:00 PM - 12:00 AMLunch: Mon-Fri 11am-3pm Dinner:Mon-Fri 3pm-10pm Sat 11am-10pm Sun 12pm-10pm They have lunch specials which are about $6.00 each (photo 5). The signature 20 oz crab cake dinner is $38.00, but that's about...

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  • All Fresh All Day

    This restaurant is beside and in the basement of Merchantile Bank. Merchantile Bank is between M&T Bank and the Bank of America, facing the Courthouse. It seems to be a place to get a quick deli sandwich, soup or salad to take back to your office - not many people seem to eat there. But it is a little more expensive than most fast food. My...

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  • AWESOME PIZZA AND HUGE MEATY SUBS!

    I TOOK MY BROTHER WHO IS FROM NEW YORK TO THIS PIZZA PLACE BECAUSE I HEARD IT HAD THE BEST NEW YORK PIZZA AND WANTED TO SEE WHAT HE THOUGHT...HE SAID IT WAS EXACTLY LIKE THEY MAKE IT IN NYC AND I GOT THE HUGE 10 INCH MONSTER SUB- IT WAS ALL MEAT NOT ALL BREAD LIKE OTHER SUB PLACES- THE STAFF IN THE FRONT WERE VERY NICE AND THE SERVICE WAS VERY FAST...

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  • Business Lunch

    My sister and my husband and my daughter and I wanted to meet for lunch, and my sister suggested this place. We wanted someplace we could sit down and talk, and she thought we could do that here. We had a seat in the back where it was quieter and less smoky. My sister said she had also been here for dinner. I think it was somewhat more her kind of...

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  • Wonderful Chinese

    The restaurant has a cozy environment, wonderful service, and the food is excellent. My favorite dish is the Chicken fried rice. I suppose it seems simple,, but it is the ABSOLUTE best fried rice I have ever had. The soups are also lovely, and I have yet to here something negetive about any of the food they serve.

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  • National Historic Site

    Hampton is a National Historic Site. I have been there several times for luncheons. The picture was taken of the tea room entrance in the spring of 1970 as my daughter and family friends were leaving the tea room.In 1998, on the morning of the 15th, the Baltimore Sun published an article noting the NPS' conclusion that the Tea Room concession poses...

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  • Towson University Drive In

    I do not drink coffee so I do not frequent Starbucks. I was waiting at the traffic light to cross York Road and I had my camera out so I took this picture.There used to be a gas station on this corner that we patronized quite a bit (I think it was Hollinshades). Then Hollinshade moved and another gas station took over. But I think they went out of...

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  • Steamed Crabs Year Round

    The restaurant was founded in 1971, and was one of the first to fly crabs in from Louisiana.Best Known For...Offering steamed crabs year round, "The Pounder Plus" 20 ounce crab cake, specialty crab cakes, and our small plates menu.Hours of OperationMonday - Thursday11:00 AM - 02:00 AMFriday - Saturday11:00 AM - 02:00 AMSunday12:00 PM - 12:00...

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Towson Nightlife

  • Check out the Local Bands

    Here is Towson's best venue and one of the best in Baltimore. A lot of good local bands play here as well as good touring bands that have smaller followings.It use to be a movie theatre. All the chairs are ripped out and the screen is now a stage. It has an interesting atmosphere. It is a great place to see a small band play. You can find the a...

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  • Towson Bars

    A take-off of the original, Towson's CVP is the local joint for lunch and nighttime partying. Cozy up in a booth to munch on appetizers or the CVP-proclaimed "pub grub" -- burgers, club sandwiches, cheesesteaks and finger food. CVP also offers a couple of satisfying platters: ribs, crab cakes, grilled tuna, and a barbecued chicken breast. Friends...

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  • Always something to do downtown.

    There is always something to do while at the inner harbor. There is the Hard Rock, ESPN Zone, The Gallery, The Harbor Place, Aquarium, Boat Rides, and plenty more all within walking distance of each other. There are the bars and clubs as well.

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Towson Transportation

  • Toll Tunnels

    There are three tollways on the Interstates (I-695) on the east side of Baltimore to cross the Patapsco River harbor. Two of them are tunnels and one is a bridge. The first one build was the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel and its eighteen-mile thruway opened to traffic on November 30, 1957. Designated I- 895, the Tunnel provides a major north-south bypass...

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  • Instead of Trolley Cars

    The number 8 trolley used to run all the way from downtown along York Rd under the railroad bridge, past Stebbins Anderson to the square in Towson where the courthouse is.Now they've taken the tracks up and replaced the trolleys with buses. They've also removed the firehouse that used to be at the junction of York and Delaney Valley Road and made a...

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  • Light Rail

    Light rail service runs from Hunt Valley, in Baltimore County, through Baltimore City, and finally terminates in Glen Burnie in Anne Arundel County. With stops at Baltimore's Penn Station and BWI Airport

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Towson Shopping

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  • Hutzlers

    I remember when Hutzlers was the premier department store in Baltimore. We also shopped at Stewarts, Hechts, and Hochschild Kohn's, but Hutzlers was the top of the line, plus they had a marvelous store right up in Towson. Hochschilds and Stewards also had stores on York Road in the city, but Hutzlers was right in Towson. Almost all of my wedding...

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  • Hutzler's

    This store no longer exists, but I remember coming here with my mother as a child. The building has since been divided, it houses a Barnes & Noble, Trader Joes, Pier One, Baly's Fitness and numerous other small business ventures.

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  • Towsontown Shopping Mall

    Towson's modern shopping mall, with a huge parking garage. All the anchor stores here are strong.....

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Towson Local Customs

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    Although Towson is unincorporated, it has been the County Seat of Baltimore County since 1854. The old Courthouse, which is still in use, shares a plaza with the newer Courts.

    There is a site on the internet which has Baltimore County trivia quizes. From the May 2005 quiz


    Question 9. The Towson Courthouse was originally a rectangular building which was two stories in height and nine bays wide. When were additions added?

    Answer 9. Designed by Dixon, Balbirnie, and Dixon, the Courthouse was built between 1854 and 1856 on land donated by Dr. Grafton Bosley. This Greek Revival building was constructed with local limestone and granite. Additions were made in 1910 (wings), 1925 (west wing raised to two stories) and 1958 (3-story addition to the west end).

    If you want to take the rest of the quiz, go to the URL below.

    The sign in front says:


    BALTIMORE COUNTY COURTHOUSE

    Separation of Baltimore City and County effective July 1853. Towsontown was chosen as county seat by popular vote February 1854. The courthouse built of limestone and marble was completed in 1855...

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Towson Off The Beaten Path

  • MA and PA Railroad Overpass

    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...

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  • Hampton National Historic Site

    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...

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  • Walk the cobble stone streets of Fells...

    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...

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Towson Favorites

  • Hampton Buildings and Grounds

    In addition to the main house the following places on the grounds are notable. (See the map in the Off the Beaten Track tip.The Entrance Gates are over three fourths of a mile from Dulaney Valley Road. The gates serve to separate farm fields from the artistically landscaped part of the estate.The Family Cemetery is where a tomb was built in accord...

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  • Towson Presbyterian Church

    When we moved from Roland Park in Baltimore City to Towson in Baltimore County (the city is not in the county), I transferred from the Roland Park Presbyterian Church to Towson Presbyterian Church on 400 West Chesapeake Avenue Towson, Maryland 21204-4398 (410-823-6500). My family joined with me - my sister by confirmation, my mom by letter of...

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