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Date: Jan 23, 2018

By Teri Rising, Baltimore County Department of Planning        

You can enjoy a delicious meal with a serving of Baltimore area history during Baltimore County Restaurant Week. From Reisterstown’s historic Main Street to the countryside of My Lady’s Manor, these restaurants provide a unique dining experience to go with their special menus. 

The Valley Inn  10501 Falls Road, Brooklandville

This well-known dining destination has been serving weary travelers since it was first constructed in 1832.  Originally known as the Brooklandville House, diners can still see the Brooklandville Railroad Station across the street that brought visitors into the beautiful Greenspring Valley until passenger service ended in 1933.  This County landmark, seen here in 1974, also once served as a post office and stagecoach stop on the Falls Turnpike. The Valley Inn continues to impress with carefully restored and expanded indoor and outdoor spaces that provide a historic setting for diners.

The Grill at the Harryman House  340 Main St, Reisterstown, MD

Located within the National Register Historic District of Reisterstown, The Grill at the Harryman House has been a long time favorite. Situated among the many historic structures that line Main Street (pictured ca. 1910), 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. 

The Manor Tavern 15819 Old York Rd, Monkton, MD

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 a unique Baltimore County landmark. First appearing on the Baltimore County Tax List in 1823, the building started as a tavern and became a boy’s boarding school operated by John Emerson Lamb. Originally known as the Milton Academy, boys, and later girls, traveled from all over the United States to attend this prestigious school. 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 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.

Enjoy Baltimore County Restaurant week, January 19 to February 3, 2018, with special prix fix menus from $15 to $35. Go to for a full listing of participating restaurants.

Revised September 11, 2017