Jonestown and the Shot Tower: First Sunday – April to November
Walk just a few blocks east from Baltimore Farmer’s Market and you enter one of the oldest neighborhoods in Baltimore – historic Jonestown. On this tour of often over-looked landmark, you see handsome cast-iron buildings, hear how urban renewal transformed the community in the 1960s and 1970s and walk up the steps of the famed Phoenix Shot Tower – the tallest structure in the United States until 1846. The Shot Tower stands out in Baltimore’s skyline as a rare reminder of our Baltimore’s early industrial heritage and is a must-see for visitor and locals alike!
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Downtown Landmarks and Lions: Second Sunday – April to November
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Where can you find a piece of the Berlin Wall, a cannon ball mounted on a Conestoga wagon hitch, and over a hundred lions looking down at you from the tops of Baltimore’s buildings? On our Downtown Landmarks and Lions tour, of course! In this leisurely stroll—we cover a little over a mile in a little over an hour—you’ll see and hear the highlights of downtown Baltimore’s history and architecture. Best of all, you discover where all the noble lions, hellish fiends, and neo-Egyptian sphinxes are hiding—the trick is in looking up! If you are Baltimore born-and-raised or a visitor from out-of-town, you don’t want to miss this Monumental City walking tour!
Mount Vernon and the Washington Monument: Third Sunday – July to November
Mount Vernon began as a country estate for Revolutionary War hero John Eager Howard then grew up as 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, founder of the Walters Art Museum, and the Thomases, owners of Mercantile Bank, are among the families that built handsome mansions along the four parks that surround the Washington Monument. The recent renovations 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 stairs for a birds-eye view of central Baltimore!
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Battle of Baltimore and the Patterson Park Pagoda: Fourth Sunday – April to November
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In the fall of 1814, thousands of people came together on Hampstead Hill to defend Baltimore and the nation from a British attack. Today, the former fortifications are located within Patterson Park and topped by the charming Patterson Park Pagoda. After a short climb of the Pagoda’s winding iron stairs, you’ll see an unparalleled view of East Baltimore, Downtown and the Harbor and hear the story of Hampstead Hill and War of 1812. In no time at all, you’ll see the bombs bursting in air over Fort McHenry and hear the voices of people like Jacob and Susan Loudenslager (the original butchers on Butcher’s Hill) and Charles Ball (an escaped slave who fought at Bladensburg and Baltimore). This short tour explores Patterson Park’s rich history from the early 1800s up through the present day renaissance sparked by the efforts of the Friends of Patterson Park and other local stewards.
Thank you to our volunteers and tour guides including Rock Singewald, Kate Creamer, Pat Hawthorne, Gerard Marconi, and Len Caro. Special thanks to Katherine Holter and local historians Wayne Schaumburg, Fred Shoken and Scott Sheads for their assistance in developing our Monumental City tours.
Our Monumental City tours are organized in partnership with the Carroll Museums, the Friends of Patterson Park, and the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy. This program was established with funding from the Baltimore National Heritage Area and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority. Become a member to support heritage tours and historic preservation in Baltimore!