Category: Behind the Scenes Tours

Black-and-white photo of three people holding bottles of Tulkoff's flaming hot horseradish.

Walking, Biking, and Eating Baltimore History this Fall

Whether walking, peddling, or listening to talks suits you best, have we got some great events for you!

On Saturday, November 3, we’re back with our popular bike tour, Food from Home: Immigration, Bakeries, and Delis by Bike, where we ride and sample our way through East Baltimore and while talking about how immigration has shaped Baltimore over the centuries.

If you grew up smelling horseradish and garlic from Tulkoff’s horseradish plant or if you’re curious to sniff out the history of this third generation Baltimore business, join us on Friday, November 9 for a factory tour of Tulkoff Food Products, including samples!

Form-stone covered three-story commercial buildings with a sign resembling a horseradish bottle.
Tulkoff”s Lombard Street location, 1963. Courtesy Jewish Museum of Maryland, JMM 2007.29.1

The next day, Saturday November 10, we’ll take a walk through Mount Vernon’s LGBTQ history with stories from the founding of Johns Hopkins medical school, the city’s first LGBT-oriented church, and contributions to the fight for civil rights. We also continuing our Baltimore history lecture series in partnership with the Garrett Jacobs Mansion. On Sunday, November 4, historian Jack Burkert will talk on “Iron, Oysters and Railroads: Baltimore Enters the Industrial Age.”

And finally, our Lexington Market Catacombs tours continue on Saturday, October 13 at 10:30 a.m., and our Sunday morning Monumental City tours continue with Historic Jonestown and the Shot Tower at 9:30 on October 14.

We hope you can get out and enjoy the fall in Baltimore.

Our Mount Vernon “Love Stories” tours are back!

Valentine’s Day would not be the same in Baltimore without our annual tour of jilted suitors, star-crossed lovers, and European royalty in historic Mount Vernon. Make a date and join tour guide and Baltimore historian Jamie Hunt on Sunday, February 12 for a wonderful walk through Mount Vernon. We’re running two identical tours, the first at 11:00 am and the second at 1:00 pm.

Plus, as we inch closer to those warmer days of spring, we are putting the final touches on our 2017 Monumental City and Baltimore by Foot tours. Watch out for details coming soon!

Kick off 2017 with two Behind the Scenes Tours

Happy New Year! We are ready to ring in 2017 with some great new Baltimore Behind the Scenes tours.

On Tuesday, January 10, we’ll go backstage at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall to learn about acoustical design, music legends, and the history of the Symphony Hall and the Meyerhoff family. On our tour, we will walk the stage and explore the basement, music library, and the area where the musicians hang out before the show.

On Saturday, February 4, we’re visiting the 150-year-old Manger Packing Corporation in southwest Baltimore to learn about the tradition of sausage making and Baltimore’s German heritage from Alvin Manger, great-grandson of the company’s founder and current patriarch of the Manger family’s business.

Finally, please join our statewide partner Preservation Maryland on Wednesday, January 4 for a town hall meeting to learn about how you can advocate for preservation during this year’s Maryland Legislative session. The meeting is at Union Mill (1500 Union Avenue) at 6:30 pm. Registration is not required!

I hope your new year is starting off well and I hope you can join us for these and other tours in the year ahead.

Behind the Scenes at City Garage and the Maryland House

Our upcoming tours give you an insider’s look at one of the most talked about projects in Baltimore, let you step into an often overlooked gem at the Maryland Zoo and tell the love stories of Mount Vernon. We are also bringing back our popular Monumental City tours on Sundays from April to November!

On April 14, our Port Covington tour offers a behind-the-scenes tour of the City Garage and a chance to talk with Sagamore Development about their vision for the future of South Baltimore. Originally developed in 1904 around the end line of the B&O Railroad, the Port Covington area is today poised to become Baltimore’s largest urban redevelopment project.

For our Maryland House tour, Tony Azola of the Azola Companies and Lori Finkelstein of the Maryland Zoo will guide you through an architectural gem located just next to the Rogers Mansion. The Maryland House was built for the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia and then rebuilt on the Zoo grounds. Special thanks to Preservation Maryland for co-hosting this tour! We also will hold our Mount Vernon Love Stories tours (rescheduled from a very cold Valentine’s Day weekend) on April 9 at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.

Finally, our Monumental City tours return starting April. These tours are a great way to explore Baltimore on Sunday mornings. Join us for as we explore Jonestown and the Shot Tower (1st Sunday); Landmarks and Lions Downtown (2nd Sunday); Mount Vernon and the Washington Monument (3rd Sunday); and the Patterson Park Pagoda (4th Sunday).

See the Whitehall Mill and a church full of Tiffany on our upcoming heritage tours

Our upcoming Baltimore Heritage tours will show you the bright future of a historic mill, and let you experience a hidden Baltimore treasure. Later this month, we’re stepping into the middle of construction on our tour of Whitehall Mill. This former textile mill is being reborn as a mixed-use complex of apartments, office space, a restaurant, and a market. Please join us and our hosts from Terra Nova Ventures on a walk through the building, showing the progress they’ve made so far and what work is still to come.

On March 19, please join us at St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church where you can experience the rare treat of standing in the middle of a room and almost everything you see is made or decorated by Tiffany. Please join our host, Reverend Dale Dusman, for a tour and a bit of Tiffany overload at this hidden Baltimore gem.

Unfortunately, due to predictions for extreme cold this weekend, we have decided to reschedule our Mount Vernon Love Stories tour from February 13 to April 9 at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. We hope to see you on our upcoming tours!