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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...
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...
Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel
1 Review and 237 Opinions Up until my mother's death, I would not have stayed in a hotel in Towson. I would have stayed at my...
Einstein Bros. Bagels: 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:...
T.G.I. Friday's: 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,...
Rainforest Cafe: 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.
T. G. I. Friday's: 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.
The Crackpot Restaurant: 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...
Cafe Gourmet: 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...
CHEEZY'S PIZZA ON JOPPA ROAD: 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...
Recher Theatre: 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...
Charles Village Pub: 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...
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...
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...
Tacky Small Stores: 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...
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.
1854 County Seat
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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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...
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...
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...
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...
Explore Deeper into Towson
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