In the Heart of it All
Bawlmer, Baldamore, Baltimore: Home of Natty Boh, inventors of the umbrella and “O!” Say Can You See. We gave you "The Star-Spangled Banner" and the chicken box. Thurgood Marshall, Frederick Douglass, Billie Holiday and Edgar Allan Poe each called our streets home. We're more than The Wire and more authentic than House of Cards. We're a true city of neighborhoods where everyone knows your name (and where your barber is married to that shop owner that went to (high) school with your best friend).
Welcome to Baltimore, a city of proud and influential residents...
...with a history of making history.
Baltimore is born! Sixty lots are divided and awarded to new residents.
Lexington Market opens. By the early 1900's, 11 public markets are open across Baltimore City.
The first Roman Catholic diocese in the U.S. is established in Baltimore.
Baltimore is officially incorporated as a city.
University of Maryland's College of Medicine is founded as the fifth medical school in the country.
Francis Scott Key writes the Star-Spangled Banner as U.S. forces protect Fort McHenry.
Baltimore's Washington Monument is dedicated as the first to honor President George Washington.
The Maryland General Assembly passes a bill moving the city line to East Avenue.
The B&O Railroad completes the Mount Clare Station—the first of 32 later buildings.
Edgar Allan Poe dies under mysterious circumstances in Baltimore.
Baltimore creates its first park board and opens Druid Hill Park.
The first blood of the Civil War is shed during a riot in Downtown Baltimore.
Johns Hopkins University is founded.
The Enoch Pratt Free Library opens as the first citywide library system in America.
The Baltimore Afro-American Newspaper is established.
The Lyric Opera House opens.
The great Baltimore fire destroys nearly all of Downtown Baltimore.
Pennsylvania Station is constructed.
William Oktavec begins painting window screens.
The city stretches to its current borders, completing its third annexation.
Philanthropist Henry Walters dies leaving behind his international art collection.
The Senator Theatre opens on York Road.
Baltimore’s Miracle on 34th Street begins in Hampden.
Baltimore Polytechnic Institute is integrated, predating Brown v. Board of Education by two years.
The Baltimore Orioles play their first MLB season.
Read’s Drug Store is integrated after Morgan State students lead successful sit-ins.
The Jones Falls Expressway opens.
The Baltimore Orioles win their first World Series title.
Thurgood Marshall, of Baltimore, is appointed as the first African-American Supreme Court Justice.
Baltimore School for the Arts is founded. Notable alumni include Tupac Shakur and Jada Pinkett Smith.
Harborplace opens, making Baltimore’s Inner Harbor the City's biggest attraction.
The National Aquarium in Baltimore opens.
Artscape—the largest free arts festival in America—debuts in Baltimore.
The Baltimore Metro Subway begins operating.
The NAACP relocates its headquarters to Baltimore.
Light Rail begins operating as a modern streetcar.
The Baltimore Ravens play their first NFL season.
Live Baltimore is founded.
The Baltimore Ravens win their first Super Bowl.
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture opens.
Mr. Trash Wheel debuts as an innovation to achieve a healthy harbor.
Devin Allen’s photo of the Baltimore Uprising is published on the cover of Time Magazine.
Native son Michael Phelps becomes the most decorated Olympian of all time with 28 medals.
Baltimore makes Zagat’s list of 30 most exciting food cities in the U.S.
Mobtown Brewing opens—the first brewery to operate in the Brewers Hill neighborhood in 50 years.
Baltimore is home to creatives, foodies, athletes, academics, and others...
...who invented a word to describe just how tightknit we are.
Surprise Me, Baltimore!
Deck of Cards Historic District
The 2600 block of Wilkens Avenue in Mill Hill is the city's longest block of rowhouses, stretching for more than 1,800 feet!
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
The Johns Hopkins Hospital was the first major medical school in the United States to admit women, to use rubber gloves during surgery, and to develop renal analysis and CPR. The world-renowned teaching hospital is the largest employer in Baltimore City.
Before it became a public park, the land that is now Patterson Park played a major role in the War of 1812. It served as the grounds where American troops stood ready during the decisive battle of North Point at Hampstead Hill. The Patterson Park Pagoda now sits at the top of this hill providing amazing views of Downtown, the Patapsco River, the Key Bridge and Fort McHenry.
Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum
The first black-owned shipyard in the U.S. was in Fells Point at the current site of the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum. The famous orater and freedman escaped slavery in Maryland to become a prominent leader of the abolitionist movement.
The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House
In this house in 1813, the Pickersgill family and indentured servant Grace Wisher sewed the flag that flew over Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore, inspiring the creation of the Star-Spangled Banner.
Carrie Murray Nature Center
This nature center is a hidden gem located within the largest urban wilderness park east of the Mississippi River, Leakin Park. Programming includes forest immersion for preschoolers, summer camps, nature hikes and more!
The Washington Monument
Baltimore’s homage to the nation’s first president predates the construction of the monument in Washington, D.C. by more than 30 years. Architect Robert Mills designed both. You could say we have the Baltimore original.
The Baltimore snowball predates the snow cone, water ice, and similar frozen treats of other states. Made of finely shaved ice, the refreshing, summertime dessert is covered with flavored syrup and often topped with marshmallow cream. Walther Gardens, which opened in 1933, is thought to be the oldest snowball stand in the country.
University of Maryland
Edgar Allan Poe’s grave
Many cities claim fame from their ties to the famed macabre writer, but it’s in our streets that Poe met his mystifying end. His remains are buried at Westminster Hall and Burying Grounds on the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus near Downtown.
Toilet Bowl Races
Each year at Hampdenfest, racers descend on Chestnut Avenue riding contraptions that incorporate a “human defecation device.” Toilets, diapers, urinals and potty seats have all been strapped to wheeled vessels of varying shapes, types and sizes for a friendly race. Only in Baltimore.
The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum
This wax museum features prominent African-American historical figures, including Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Battle of Baltimore at this Civil-War era fort was the inspiration for Francis Scott Key to pen the Star-Spangled Banner.
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