During the month of May, volunteer archaeologists led by Lisa Kraus and Jason Shellenhamer are carefully digging through layers of history at the Caulker’s Houses in Fell’s Point. Please stop by the weekend of June 1–2 anytime from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to discover what the dig has turned up on our free public archaeology tour of organized in partnership by the Herring Run Archaeology Project, Baltimore Heritage, and the Preservation Society of Federal Hill and Fell’s Point, and the Friends of 612-614 South Wolf Street.
Built as early as 1801, the Caulker’s Houses at 612 and 614 South Wolfe Street are two of the smallest and oldest wooden homes remaining in Fell’s Point. Between 1842 and 1854, the buildings became homes to African American ship caulkers Richard Jones, Henry Scott, and John Whittington. The shipbuilding industry in Fell’s Point depended on free and enslaved black labor and these small homes provide an important reminder of that history. The buildings are also known the Two Sisters Houses after sisters Mary Leeke Rowe Dashiell and Eleanor Marine Dashiell, the last owners before Preservation Society acquired the buildings.
Questions? Please contact the Herring Run Archaeology Project at email@example.com. Interested in volunteering? Visit the Herring Run Archaeology Project website for more information and to sign up online.
The Baltimore Public Markets Corp. is hosting a community meeting on Tuesday, December 12 to open a dialogue on the long-planned redevelopment of Broadway Market. The meeting will take place at the offices of Brown Advisory at 901 S. Bond Street in the Bond Street Wharf. Learn more from the Baltimore Business Journal.
Join the Society for the Preservation of Federal Hill and Fell’s Point for a presentation by Bernie Herman who will talk about the place of Wolfe Street housing in the culture of Fell’s Point, connecting local history with that of the Mid-Atlantic and Europe.
We hope you can join us over the next several weeks on tours by bike and on foot as we explore immigration into Baltimore, look inside one of the city’s great historic gems at Cylburn Mansion, and eat our way across East Baltimore. You can also check out two great events from our partners this evening: the centennial celebration of the Lafayette Monument at Mount Vernon Place and the Preservation Society’s Annual Reception in Fell’s Point.
On May 21, our Florence Meets Baltimore by Bike: Gelato and Ice Cream bike tour returns with a unique comparison of two great cities in architecture and frozen treats. We’re offering a second bike tour, Food From Home: Immigration, Bakeries, and Delis by Bike on June 10, to discuss immigration past and present, meet the owners from Attman’s Deli, DiPasquales, and Hoehn’s Bakery, and sample their delicious food!
On our Natural and Architectural Beauty at Cylburn Mansion and Arboretum tour on May 23, we’ll take a stroll around the grounds of Cylburn Arboretum and look inside the Tyson family’s historic mansion. And finally, on June 4, we’re pleased to host a tour with Jewish historian Deborah Weiner: Exploring Jewish Immigration: A Walking Tour in Bolton Hill and Reservoir Hill where we’ll highlight some of the Jewish immigrants, their homes, and synagogues, who played leading roles in Baltimore’s development.