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Behind the Scenes Tour of the Audubon Society at Patterson Park

If you were migrating 5000 miles from Northern Canada to Mexico and passing over Baltimore, why would you pick anywhere else to take a rest other than historic Patterson Park? As it turns out, a large number of migrating birds do just that, and that’s why Audubon Maryland-DC chose to rehab a historic rowhouse at the edge of the park for use as an office and bird center. Please join us for a peek at the restored Patterson Park Audubon Center, a glass of wine on the roof deck overlooking the park, and a stroll through the 155-acre green space with Audubon bird guide David Curson to spot our avian visitors and see how they utilize one of Baltimore’s great historic spaces.

Patterson Park Audubon Center

2901 East Baltimore Street, Baltimore 21224
Wednesday, September 14
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Wine & Cheese on the Roof
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Bird Tour of historic park
$15/members, $20/non-members
RSVP for the tour today!

Rain Date: Thursday, September 15 (same times)

Mid-September is peak Fall migration for birds in Patterson Park, a great time to see warblers, vireos, tanagers, and flycatchers as they make their way from the breeding grounds in the Canadian arboreal forest to South and Central America. Over 160 bird species have been seen in the park and the well-spaced trees make for great viewing opportunities. The Patterson Park Audubon Center and Audubon Maryland-DC share a charming space on the second floor of a former rowhouse opposite the northeast corner of the park. The center, occupying two adjacent rowhouses, was built around 1860 and rehabilitated in 2005. With neighboring businesses upstairs and downstairs, Audubon shares a leafy view of Patterson Park, which is even better from the rooftop deck.

Patterson Park has played a vital role in Baltimore’s history. Formerly the estate of William Patterson, the land has been home to soldiers during two wars. During the War of 1812, British soldiers began marching towards the park, then called “Hamstead Hill,” only to find themselves face to face with 100 cannons and 10,000 troops from Baltimore. The Red Coats turned around and left the Baltimore Harbor. Patterson later donated five acres for a public walk in the 1820s, and Baltimore City augmented this gift by acquiring various adjacent parcels through the 1860s. With the advent of the Civil War, the Union military placed a hospital and encampment in the park. In 1905, as with many Baltimore parks, the Olmsted Brothers architecture firm was brought in to put its special touch on the landscape. Most recently, the park underwent extensive maintenance, upgrades and beautification projects pursuant to a 1998 master plan. These include renovating the 1891 pagoda (designed by Charles Latrobe), dredging and landscaping the pond, and installing pedestrian lighting. The result is certainly one of Baltimore’s greatest historic assets, for birds and for people.

Volunteer workshop! Share the story of the Battle of Baltimore at the Patterson Park Pagoda

Love Patterson Park? Love Baltimore history? Volunteer to become a War of 1812 heritage tour guide at the Patterson Park Pagoda

Baltimore Heritage and the Friends of Patterson Park are seeking volunteers to volunteer as docents and and tour guides sharing the story of the Battle of Baltimore in Patterson Park. The bold design of the Pagoda makes it a favorite landmark for countless visitors to the park. However, only a few people know the 200-year-old history behind this landmark; the story of Hampstead Hill, Rodger’s Bastion, and the fight to save the city from the British. From the top of the tower visitors can see downtown, southeast Baltimore neighborhoods, the Patapsco River, the Key Bridge and even Fort McHenry. 200 years after our city survived the Battle of Baltimore the view alone makes the Pagoda a perfect spot to share this important story.

We’re recruiting volunteer docents to open the Pagoda to visitors and tell them about the War of 1812 in Patterson Park from spring through fall. We’re also looking for volunteers who can share their love for local history at special events like AVAM’s Kinetic Sculpture Race, Tour dem Parks and other events that bring thousands of people to the park each year.

On  Saturday, March 1, please join us for free coffee and a friendly introduction to the history and how you can get involved leading tours! RSVP below or contact Lesley Gardiner at volunteer@pattersonpark.com or (410) 276-3676 for more information.

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We Dig Hampstead Hill! Volunteer Workshop on Archeological Fieldwork

Join the We Dig Hampstead Hill project team, the Archeological Society of Maryland (ASM) and the Maryland Historical Trust for a free workshop for anyone interested in volunteering this spring to support our search for the War of 1812 in Patterson Park. Volunteer opportunities include hand-on work with excavation and documentation or sharing information about the project with local residents and students.

Greg KatzIf you are interested in attending the workshop, please register as an archeology volunteer in advance and then sign up for the workshop below. Volunteers are not required to attend but they are encouraged! The workshop will include an overview of the project and history of Hampstead Hill, an introduction to archeological fieldwork by Greg Katz, Fieldwork Director and an overview of volunteer roles and responsibilities by the Archeological Society of Maryland. Light refreshments will be provided.

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We Dig Hampstead Hill! High-Tech Archeology Show-and-Tell

Join Baltimore Heritage for an evening with Dr. Tim Horsley  an expert in the archeological science of using remote sensing to discover stories from the past literally buried deep underground. In today’s Patterson Park, Dr. Horsley is using ground-penetrating radar, magnetometry and other techniques to help us find the remains of the Battle of Baltimore’s Eastern Defensive Line for We Dig Hampstead Hill.

Timothy HorsleyWith M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in archeological prospection from the University of Bradford, United Kingdom, Dr. Horsley established Horsley Archaeological Prospection, LLC, in 2008 and has rapidly become one of the most sought after consultants in eastern North America. The geophysical survey techniques he employs provide a non-invasive method to identify buried features, which can range from human burials to historic and prehistoric fortifications.

Please join us for light refreshments, an introduction to the Searching for the War of 1812 project by Dr. John Bedell, Louis Berger Group, and a show-and-tell on Hampstead Hill with Dr. Tim Horsley. Registration is not required for this free informal program.

Learn more about We Dig Hampstead Hill: Searching for the War of 1812 in Patterson Park!