Join us for an upcoming heritage tour! We ride bikes, climb scaffolding, and walk up and down hilly streets on our tours of Baltimore’s historic buildings and neighborhoods all across the city. Check out our calendar of events below!

 

 

 

 

Tulkoff Factory Tour: Making Horseradish in Baltimore for Three Generations

Tulkoff Food Products Inc 2229 Van Deman St, Baltimore, MD, United States

From their produce stand along East Lombard Street (aka “Corned Beef Row”) in the 1930s, owners Harry and Lena Tulkoff began noticing that their prepared horseradish sauce was flying off the shelves. Made with beet juice and vinegar, it tasted good on beef, fish, fowl, virtually every kind of meat one could eat. Horseradish sales soon outpaced sales of fresh produce, and the Tulkhoff’s switched gears to focus exclusively on producing and selling it to individual customers and food markets. It took their son, Sol, to diversify (slightly) their lineup. After returning from Europe in WWII, he was determined to incorporate the war symbol of a tiger crushing a German tank into the Tulkoff product line. Thus was born Tiger Sauce, the mayonnaise and horseradish condiment that today is Tulkoff’s second biggest selling item. Now in its third generation of family ownership, Tulkoff Food Products makes a wide array of horseradish-based products from its new facility on Van Deman Street, as well as a West Coast factory that they opened in 1997. Please join us to see first-hand how Tulkoffs takes raw horseradish and turns it into delectable condiments! 

$10 – $15

Jonestown & the Shot Tower: A Walking Tour

Carroll Mansion 800 Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD, United States

Jonestown is one of Baltimore’s oldest and most historic neighborhoods. Both groundbreaking industry and vibrant communities have thrived here. On this tour, we will see the vestiges of its Eastern European Jewish residents as we pass Corned Beef Row. We hope you’ll join Baltimore Heritage and tour guide Bev Rosen as we stroll past a series of firsts: the McKim Free School, the city’s oldest education building from 1833, the Lloyd Street Synagogue, the first synagogue in Maryland and the third oldest in the country, and the 1808 home of Charles Carroll, the longest living signer of the Declaration of Independence. And of course, what is a visit to Jonestown without a stop at the iconic Phoenix Shot Tower, which until 1846 was the tallest building in the country!

$10 – $15

Up into the Clockworks at the Bromo Seltzer Tower

Bromo Seltzer Tower 21 S Eutaw St, Baltimore, MD, United States

Always one for flamboyance, Captain Isaac Emerson came back from a trip to Italy and decided he wanted to build a new factory in downtown Baltimore and that it should look like Florence’s fabulous town hall, the Palazzo Vecchio. Completed in 1911, the tower’s four clocks each measure 24 feet across, a foot more London’s Big Ben, and the tower itself was the tallest building in Baltimore at the time. Emerson, the man who became wealthy from his invention of Bromo Seltzer and gave us the slogan “if you keep late hours for society’s sake, Bromo Seltzer will cure that headache,” was quite proud. Our tour through the building will include a trip up into the clockworks at the top to look at the tick-tock operation in process and peer out the translucent windows. We’ll also stop in at the museum room that holds the world’s largest collection ephemera from Captain Emerson, Bromo Seltzer, and Maryland Glass. And along the way, we’ll get a taste of the newest art that comes from the Tower’s artists: it is now home to dozens of local art studios. If you’ve wondered what goes on in the Bromo Seltzer Tower and how the imposing clocks actually work, now’s your chance!

$10 – $15

Up into the Clockworks at the Bromo Seltzer Tower

Bromo Seltzer Tower 21 S Eutaw St, Baltimore, MD, United States

Always one for flamboyance, Captain Isaac Emerson came back from a trip to Italy and decided he wanted to build a new factory in downtown Baltimore and that it should look like Florence’s fabulous town hall, the Palazzo Vecchio. Completed in 1911, the tower’s four clocks each measure 24 feet across, a foot more London’s Big Ben, and the tower itself was the tallest building in Baltimore at the time. Emerson, the man who became wealthy from his invention of Bromo Seltzer and gave us the slogan “if you keep late hours for society’s sake, Bromo Seltzer will cure that headache,” was quite proud. Our tour through the building will include a trip up into the clockworks at the top to look at the tick-tock operation in process and peer out the translucent windows. We’ll also stop in at the museum room that holds the world’s largest collection ephemera from Captain Emerson, Bromo Seltzer, and Maryland Glass. And along the way, we’ll get a taste of the newest art that comes from the Tower’s artists: it is now home to dozens of local art studios. If you’ve wondered what goes on in the Bromo Seltzer Tower and how the imposing clocks actually work, now’s your chance!

$10 – $15