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PAINTING BALTIMORE, MD

As the largest city in Maryland and the second-largest seaport in the Mid-Atlantic, Baltimore is a city of full of activity. With a rich history and vast cultural opportunities, Baltimore is a place of variety. Let Eric take you there in this painting which encapsulates the feeling of this great American city.

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Cunningham Farms


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Bertha's


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American Visionary Art Museum


www.avam.org
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The Edgar Allen Poe Museum

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The Edgar Allen Poe Museum is a tiny brick house where Poe wrote some of the stories that would make him the father of the modern short story, and create and define the modern genres of mystery, horror and science fiction. At the Poe House they are dedicated to maintaining the museum as a vibrant experience for the thousands of visitors who come from around the world.

www.poeinbaltimore.org
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Eat a lot of crab cakes

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And may I add the Rusty Scupper on the Inner Harbor to the list, delicious.

www.baltimoremagazine.net
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American Visionary Museum

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Visit American Visionary Museum which is America’s official national museum and education center for self-taught, intuitive artistry. Featuring 3 buildings of wonders created by everyday folks–all inspired by the fire within!

www.avam.org
★ BEST OF THE BEST ★

Fells Point

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Take a harbor taxi to Fells Point to eat and maybe catch a ghost tour. (http://www.baltimorewatertaxi.com/)

www.fellspointmainstreet.org
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Inner Harbor

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Spend the day on the Inner Harbor –“The Inner Harbor is a historic seaport, tourist attraction, and landmark of the city of Baltimore, Maryland, USA. It was described by the Urban Land Institute in 2009 as “the model for post-industrial waterfront redevelopment around the world.” Wikipedia. Yes, and it is a whole lotta fun too.

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Historic Ships

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Tour the Historic Ships in Baltimore which represent one of the most impressive collections of military vessels in the world.  Within easy walking distance, the US Sloop-of–War Constellation, the US Submarine Torsk, the US Coast Guard Cutter Taney, and the Lightship Chesapeake exhibit life at sea from the mid-19th century to the mid-1980's.  Also included is the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse which marked the entrance to the Patapsco River and Baltimore Harbor for over 130 years.

www.historicships.org
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Catch a game at Oriole Field

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Catch a game at Oriole Field at Camden Yard one of the best stadiums in baseball.

baltimore.orioles.mlb.com
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National Aquarium Baltimore

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Visit National Aquarium Baltimore, MD. See sharks, dolphins, alligators, turtles, frogs and more.

www.aqua.org
★ BEST OF THE BEST ★

Baltimore Museum of Art

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”The Baltimore Museum of Art is home to an internationally renowned collection of 19th-century, modern, and contemporary art. Founded in 1914 with a single painting, the BMA today has 90,000 works of art—including the largest holding of works by Henri Matisse in the world.”

www.artbma.org
★ BEST OF THE BEST ★

Fort McHenry

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Fort McHenry rose to prominence in 1814 during the War of 1812 when the Fort fended off a heavy bombardment from the British Navy. A massive flag, raised by Major Armistead, was seen at twilight by Francis Scott Key, a lawyer who had gone to negotiate the release of a prisoner and was held on a ship while the attack progressed. Through the night he heard the unceasing explosions as the assault was unleased. In the morning Mr. Key rose early to see if the flag was still waving – meaning the Fort had withstood the attack. It was. Inspired, he wrote a poem called, “The Defense of Fort McHenry” that was later changed to “The Star-Spangled Banner” set to music it became our national anthem. Today it is a National Park and a must see on any tour of Baltimore.

www.nps.gov
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FUN TRIVIA

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Washington Monument


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Lexington Market


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Fort McHenry


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Lv116 Chesapeake


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HISTORY IN A NUT SHELL

Baltimore, MD



What can you say about a city whose nickname even encourages you to B-more. Yes indeed, Baltimore, Maryland is one of the oldest cities in America. The Piscataway tribe of the Algonquin nation lived in the area and called it Patapsco (meaning backwater.) John Smith traveled up the Chesapeake from Jamestown in 1608, yeah that same John Smith that Pocahontas saved, and made an agreement with the Chief of the Piscataway to allow a settlement. In 1661 Irishman George Calvert, Lord of Baltimore settled the area and began developing a port. The wonderful flag of Maryland is actually based on the Calvert family crest and coat of arms. In the 1700’s German immigrants began settling en masse. The city was officially established in 1729. Baltimore became the major southern port for the developing area and maintained the status of the second highest port of immigration until the middle of the 20th Century. During the American Revolution Baltimore became the National Capitol as Congress fled there to avoid the advancing British forces. Several sessions of Congress were held there.

What can you say about a city whose nickname even encourages you to B-more. Yes indeed, Baltimore, Maryland is one of the oldest cities in America. The Piscataway tribe of the Algonquin nation lived in the area and called it Patapsco (meaning backwater.) John Smith traveled up the Chesapeake from Jamestown in 1608, yeah that same John Smith that Pocahontas saved, and made an agreement with the Chief of the Piscataway to allow a settlement. In 1661 Irishman George Calvert, Lord of Baltimore settled the area and began developing a port. The wonderful flag of Maryland is actually based on the Calvert family crest and coat of arms. In the 1700’s German immigrants began settling en masse. The city was officially established in 1729. Baltimore became the major southern port for the developing area and maintained the status of the second highest port of immigration until the middle of the 20th Century. During the American Revolution Baltimore became the National Capitol as Congress fled there to avoid the advancing British forces. Several sessions of Congress were held there.

Baltimore’s production made it a key city in the new republic, rivaling its neighbors to the north. In the 1800’s trade opportunities expanded by the new Baltimore and Ohio Railroad – B&O to you Monopoly fans. Due to its prosperity and the American Clipper fleet of privateers that sailed out of Baltimore and harassed British ships, in 1814 the British fleet sailed on Baltimore after sacking Washington D.C. A lawyer named Francis Scott Key had gone out to negotiate the release of a prisoner and was held by the British on HMS Minden until their attack was over. Watching the attack on Fort McHenry from the ship inspired him to write a poem called the Star Spangled Banner which became our National Anthem. The first Catholic Cathedral in America was built in Baltimore and opened in 1821. Maryland was a political hot bead through much of the 1800’s due in large part to its location as a buffer between the Southern and Northern states. During much of this time there were as many free black Americans as there were slaves, often working side by side in factories. Many slaves, like Frederick Douglas, used the relaxed atmosphere of the city to escape from slavery. At the outbreak of the Civil War the secession tendencies were running high in Maryland and President Lincoln declared martial law in the state to quell the rebellious wave. The first bloodshed of the Civil War was in Baltimore when mobs rose up against Federal Troops moving through the city.
During WW I and even more so in WW II, Baltimore’s shipyards, factories, and port made it crucial to war efforts. Many of the “Freedom Ships” sailed from these docks. Unfortunately, the city became a victim of its own success. After peaking at a population of near 1 million in the 1950’s Baltimore began to decline as industry moved away. Shipyards and factories closed. Many moved away and hard times rocked the city. But this is a city of heart and history and it would not go down without a fight. With the Charm City initiative, redevelopment in Fell’s Point, and around the Inner Harbor things have begun to change. The city boasts incredible museums and arts, the National Aquarium, wonderful nightlife and restaurants, and two exceptional, professional sport franchises. Though some television shows have portrayed the hard life on the streets as it was reclaiming its pride and status as the City of Firsts, The City that Reads, The Comeback City, and the Greatest City in America. Anyone who knows someone from Baltimore knows that they are tough. They have come a long way, it is an incredible town. They have come a long way and they will not stop until they are back on top.