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Historic Baltimore County Maps and Resources

Find Historic Structures and Districts

Use the My Neighborhood Interactive Map to locate historic structures, County historic districts and more.

Upon the first visit to My Neighborhood, users will be directed to download a one-time Silverlight plug-in directly from Microsoft via a link. If you are using an Apple MAC OS X and need to install Silverlight, do not use the install link provided on the application. Instead, use the following link to install the proper plug-in:

Baltimore County Architectural History

Baltimore County is rich in architectural examples, although it lost most of its water-side dwellings where the earliest settlers planted the first farmsteads and plantations. Numerous properties including houses, schools, chapels, barns, and bridges are illustrated.

The earliest types of shelter in the colonial county continues through periods of prosperity when large and elegant houses were built and architects became prominent. The information organized by the recognized architectural styles such as Georgian, Federal, Italianate, and the like, down to post-modern. Many local citizens have contributed information and illustrations.

Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties

The Maryland Historical Trust has many of the reports for historic properties in Baltimore County. Search the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties surveys inventory by different criteria.

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Former County Historian John McGrain compiled extensive bibliographies of historic publications which, in most cases, are readily available from regional libraries.

National Register of Historic Places

The Maryland Historical Trust administers the National Register program in Maryland. Learn more about the National Register of Historic Places and those properties and districts that have been designated in Baltimore County.

African American History

Mapping a Paradox

Authored by former County staff member Kimberly Abe, this document details the African-American cultural landscape in pre-Civil War Baltimore County, and includes documentation on the remaining slavery-related structures and sites.

African American Thematic Report (PDF)

This Baltimore County Architectural Survey was prepared for the Baltimore County Department and the Landmarks Preservation Commission by E. H. T. Traceries on August 4, 2003. 

African American Research Index (PDF)

An alphabetical index of historical events of Baltimore County African American residents, mostly from local newspapers. 

African American Historic Communities

Further research from E. H. T. Traceries on the African American Historic Communities. Each community has a link which includes pictures, maps and important information.

Special Topics

"The Lawgivers" (PDF) - Great Figures in the History of Law

Carved in 1958 by Baltimore County resident Matthew Peloso for what was the main courtroom in the new Baltimore County Courthouse addition, these sculptures were integrated into the space that was renovated in 1975 for the Baltimore County Council. The men chosen for the carvings were meant to personify ideas and civilizations which influenced our present day concepts about government. Their actions helped shape the laws we live by. Moral law, criminal law, civil law and public law are all represented, as are the contributions of ancient Egypt and Babylonia, the Orient, Jewish, Greek, Roman and English civilizations.

Light Rail History and Scenery (PDF)

The Light Rail Line follows the path of Baltimore’s second railroad and threads its way through a cross-section of scenery and industrial monuments, through the valley of Jones Falls, into the downtown streets of Baltimore, past the new sports stadium, and past more industrial monuments, back into the County and on into Anne Arundel County. Every few blocks the traveler is reminded of ancient steam trains, busy company towns, worked-out quarries, city architecture, elegant old bridges, "southern" mansions, and so on to either the airport or the fringe of Glen Burnie. The rich historic associations and vintage photos are the theme of this report.

Revised October 21, 2015

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