Baltimore County Now
Teri Rising, Historic Preservation Planner
Department of Planning
Did you know that several of the restaurants participating in Baltimore County’s Summer Restaurant Week are also serving up a helping of Baltimore area history? From Reisterstown’s historic Main Street to the country splendor of My Lady’s Manor, these historic restaurants provide a unique dining experience to go along with their special summer menus:
Located within the National Register Historic District of Reisterstown, The Grill at the Harryman House has been a longtime favorite. Situated among the many historic structures that line Main Street, The Grill at the Harryman House is one of the oldest structures in Reisterstown. Built by Samuel Harryman ca. 1800 on land originally owned by John Reister, the Harryman family lived and worked on the property while operating a saddlery, harness shop, and grocery. The building’s many historic details provide a cozy and inviting setting to all that visit.
The scenic countryside of My Lady’s Manor provides a beautiful setting for visitors traveling to the historic Manor Tavern. Now a designated National Register Historic District, My Lady’s Manor was established in 1713 by the third Lord Baltimore as a gift for his bride. The district is home to many historic sites and farms that represent multiple centuries of Baltimore County history. The Manor Tavern, which is located at the prominent crossroads of Monkton Road and Old York Road, had humble beginnings as a stable and has survived to become a well known dining and special event destination.
The Milton Inn - 14833 York Rd, Sparks, MD
Inside this restored stone building, you will find one of Baltimore County’s most unique landmarks. Originally known as the Milton Academy, boys, and later girls, traveled from all over the United States to attend this prestigious school. First appearing on the Baltimore County Tax List in 1823, the building started as a tavern and became a well known boy’s boarding school operated by John Emerson Lamb. One of its most well known former students is John Wilkes Booth, the man who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. After serving as a school for many years, the building housed several businesses until it finally became a restaurant in 1946.
The Oregon Grille- 1201 Shawan Rd, Cockeysville, MD
Once home to the Oregon Furnace Store, this well known Baltimore County restaurant and landmark sits at the edge of the former Oregon Iron Furnace and company town that is now Oregon Ridge Park. After the furnace operation ended at the close of the 19th century, Thomas Kurtz, the last Oregon Ore foreman, purchased the building and continued to operate a store and post office out of the location. A careful restoration in the 1980s preserved the historic stone and frame building while retaining the wonderful historic architectural details which provide a lovely setting for a special meal.
Scrap the Malls
A 12 days ‘til Christmas shopping list
Baltimore County Office of Communications
Twelve days to go, twelve ideas for unique and memorable gifts. So scrap the malls and head for the one-of-a-kind.
1. Sip local. Wine tours and tastings from Baltimore County’s vineyards
2. Spark the adventurous. Classes in rock climbing (Earth Trek Climbing Center), fencing (Baltimore Fencing Center), or flying (Middle River Aviation)
3. Get creative. Tickets to a County performance (check out Baltimore Actors Theatre, Gordon Center for Performing Arts, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Music in the Great Hall)
4. Add some class. Check out the Community College of Baltimore County.
5. Go old. Antiques
6. Go trendy. Boutiques
7. Skip the 800 numbers. Flowers from your neighborhood shop
8. I feel pretty. Salon services
9. Everybody dance now. Tickets to the Baltimore County Dance Celebration
10. Because they’ve always talked about it. Music or painting lessons from a local studio
11. Get a Big Tree. Not for Christmas, but a certificate for a native tree from your local nursery. Plant in the spring for a lifetime of beauty and shade.
12. Just Eat It. Restaurant gift card
The twelve day countdown starts today. No pressure. Really.
Baltimore County Tourism and Promotion
I am ashamed to say that I waited until December 24 to do ALL of my holiday shopping this year. It came down to the wire, but in the end I was victorious, and all the wrapping was done by 10 p.m. (in gift bags of course)! Although I got away with it, I told myself never again! Next time I have to buy gifts I’ll be organized, I’ll have a plan, and most of all I won’t wait until the very last minute.
Well…it’s less than two months later and already that dream is dead, with February 14 only two days away.
If you believe Valentine’s Day is an elaborate conspiracy between chocolate manufacturers and greeting card companies, that’s great, but I doubt that gets you out of any gentlemanly responsibilities this week. With that in mind, I present the Procrastinating Dude’s Guide to Valentine’s Day.
If you’re going the flowers route, our local Baltimore County florists are some of the area’s best. Be sure to shop local, and order IMMEDIATELY!
If your significant other has a sweet tooth, Baltimore County has some of the best local businesses offering fine chocolates and baked goods that are sure to please.
Romantic Dining Deals
Normally, spontaneity can be romantic, but on Valentine’s Day, you’ll want reservations!
Many great local restaurants, bistros and cafes offer Valentine’s Day specials and menus. Impress your special someone by trying one of the many fine Baltimore County establishments.