May 23, 2016 - Neighborhood Tour
On the final Friday of every month Live Baltimore heads out of the office and into one of Baltimore’s 277 neighborhoods. Each month we all fall in love, and this month was no different.
Not all city neighborhoods look alike and this is especially true for Dickeyville, a 1800s era mill village, located on Baltimore’s far west border. 138 homes comprise this neighborhood and while pictures may evoke a quiet, sleepy little hamlet, our Final Friday experience proved it is anything but.
Our morning started off with a gathering of neighbors at the Dickey Memorial Presbyterian Church which also serves as the neighborhood’s gathering site for meetings, lectures and other assorted activities. The church itself is something to check out as it dates back to 1885!
Neighbors shared how they found the neighborhood since it really is off the beaten path—although the Gwynns Falls Trail has a terminus in the community, from which bicyclists can travel to the Inner Harbor and beyond to Middle Branch Park. Residents enjoy the quick access to I-70, I-695, and BWI Airport while getting downtown takes just over 15 minutes!
The commitment to the historic character and fabric of the homes and neighborhood can only be matched by the stories that accompany many of these residences. We discovered a home that formerly served as a carriage house, or an addition that was once a spring house. One home even served as the village theatre, its very own stage for hosting performances. Theodore Roosevelt delivered a speech from a porch (long since removed) of a residence.
What makes Dickeyville so unique is that the neighbors do an incredible job creating so many of the activities that contribute to the quality of life here. Here’s a few we noted that had us wishing we lived here:
- July 4th Village Celebration: Some locales celebrate for a day, Dickeyville makes an entire weekend out of it. Neighbors host a dinner/dance in the street, parade, fireworks, and even stage a play!
- Lecture Series: Held throughout the year, residents share their industry insights.
- New Year’s Eve Progressive dinner party
Beyond its picturesque homes and bucolic setting, a few of us noted how incredible the neighborhood would be for kids to grow up in. Avoiding busy through roads, Dickeyville really is THAT neighborhood where you could spend your days riding bikes, searching for salamanders, playing endless games on the open field near the falls. It’s that neighborhood were you know neighbors keep an eye out for each other’s kids. Our hosts noted that there was a growing contingent of families who have discovered the neighborhood for these very reasons and were excited to have the positive atmosphere kids bring to a community.
Dickeyville is that neighborhood that offers tranquility without recluse. While it may not be bustling compared to other neighobrhoods, residents drive the social aspects of this neighborhood and have an inviting charm that will draw you in. Interested in learning more about this hidden gem neighborhood? Check out our Dickeyville neighborhood page, additional photos on Facebook, or get in touch at 410-637-3750 or firstname.lastname@example.org.