Mount Vernon began as the estate of Revolutionary War hero John Eager Howard and grew to be the place to live for Baltimore’s rich and famous in the mid-19th century. The Garrett family, owners of the B&O Railroad, the Walters, founders of the Walters Art Museum, and the Thomases, owners of Mercantile Bank, are among the families that built handsome mansions along the four parks of Mt. Vernon Place that surround the Washington Monument. The recent award-winning restoration to the 200-year old Washington Monument are the latest news from the revival of this historic neighborhood over the last decade. Join us on a tour to hear the stories behind the Washington Monument and see the landmarks of Baltimore’s grandest historic neighborhood. If your legs are strong, climb the Monument’s 227 steps for a birds-eye view of central Baltimore! Per city code, space inside the monument’s tower is limited. The tour will be capped at 15 people and we’ll meet at the South entrance of the monument.
Our Monumental City tours are guided walks exploring iconic Baltimore landmarks in Downtown, Jonestown, Patterson Park and Mount Vernon every Sunday from April through November. Our Washington Monument tour is organized in partnership with the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy. Support for this tour series is provided by the Baltimore National Heritage Area and Maryland Heritage Area Authority.
Limited free on-street parking is available around Mount Vernon. Off-street parking is available at the Baltimore Sun Garage (601 N. Calvert Street - enter from East Monument Street), Central Parking (600 Cathedral Street), and the Franklin Street Garage (15 West Franklin Street).
Free Charm City Circulator (stop 307 at the Washington Monument); MTA bus (nearby stops for 3, 11, 31, 61, or 64); MTA Light Rail (Centre Street stop).