Baltimore County has many sites of interest to visitors, including horse farms, historic houses, museums, and picturesque countryside. Hunts are still popular and cross-country races held here attract equestrians from all sections of the east. Numerous thoroughbred breeding and training stables are located here such as Sagamore Farms, the home of several noted racehorses, including Discovery and Native Dancer. Maryland's state sport, jousting, is practiced here. Among the sites popular with visitors to the county are Hampton National Historic Site, the home of the Ridgely family for more the 150 years; the Timonium Fairgrounds, site of the annual state fair; and Loch Raven Reservoir.
a planned community in Baltimore County, was the setting for this portrait
of the Merrick family at home in 1898. The young gentleman in white is
Robert G. Merrick, who grew up to become one of Baltimore's premier financiers
and most benevolent philanthropists.
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L. Martin selected Middle River for the site of his airplane assembly plant
because of its proximity to Washington, its temperate climate that assured
year round flying, and the availability of skilled labor. By 1941 when
these men were photographed working on the B-26, the company employed 12,000
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1881 textbook described Baltimore County was "the richest and most populous
county of Maryland. Agriculture is skillfully conducted, and the farmer
is rewarded." Although few in number, brick end barns are a handsome legacy.
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1906 the St. Denis Volunteer Fire Department journeyed to Towson for a
statewide association meeting.
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Sixth Massachusetts Regiment formed part of the guard stationed at Relay
House in 1861. The troops attempted to stop Baltimore's generous supply
of recruits and materials to the Confederate army at Harpers Ferry, and
they stood ready to squelch any attempt by the Confederates to move toward
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