Explore Baltimore's Past


Learn about the city's role in the War of 1812 and the Civil War, and explore the significant historic structures still standing today.

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The Avenue Bakery 
Opened on historic Pennsylvania Avenue this bakery is famous for "Poppay's Rolls," enormous buttery soft bread rolls. Trail markers and photos of the historic Pennsylvania Avenue Heritage Trail, and murals depicting famous African Americans with ties to Baltimore decorate the bakery’s lobby and garden.
Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine 
A key site in Baltimore’s battle against the British during the War of 1812, Fort McHenry is perhaps most famous as the birthplace of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Start your morning by helping a park ranger raise the fort’s flag and learn more about its role during other American wars. And if you’re lucky, you may even catch a reenactment.
Maryland Historical Society 
Here you can see oldest known surviving manuscript of Francis Scott Key’s “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Try your hand at oystering on the Chesapeake Bay, and learn about Maryland home life throughout the centuries.
Washington Monument 
In the heart of Mount Vernon sits the world’s oldest monument dedicated to George Washington—and yes, that means it was built before the one in Washington, D.C.! Climb the 227 steps to the top for a sweeping panoramic view of the cityscape, or stay at ground level to learn about the monument’s history and the neighborhood on the interactive touchscreens.
Lexington Market 
Grab lunch at the historic Lexington Market, the nation’s oldest continually operating market. Some say Faidley's, one of the oldest vendors at the market, makes the city’s best crab cake.
B&O Railroad Museum 
Located in what was once an active railroad station, the B&O Railroad Museum celebrates the history of the Baltimore & Ohio line, the birthplace of modern American railroading. Visitors can trace the path of the country’s first mile of railroad track ever laid and peek inside historic train cars.
Woodberry Kitchen 
James Beard award-winning chef and owner Spike Gjerde opened Woodberry Kitchen in a former mill, and the building's historic character is preserved in the exposed brick and wood beams. The menu reflects a deep appreciation of the Chesapeake Bay’s culinary traditions, with all local sourcing.
Lord Baltimore Hotel 
Named for George Calvert, Lord Baltimore and founder of the Maryland colony, the Lord Baltimore Hotel was downtown’s last high-rise building featuring classical ornamentation. Its splendid two-story lobby welcomes guests with stately columns and brass accents. And don’t miss the LB Speakeasy, hidden behind a wall of the hotel's dining area.