Fell's Point Historic District
Baltimore, MD
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description:

A National Register Historic District, Fell's Point played an important part in the growth of Baltimore as the city became the key to Maryland's expansion to the west. The water itself was the reason Edward Fell (1733-1766) established a town there. Town-building came as the result of the growth of flour mills and other processing businesses rather than from the tobacco culture that was the economic basis of the early Chesapeake society. Though this Patapsco River port would never rival New York or Boston' s large harbors and direct access to the Atlantic Ocean, at a time when the only reasonable means of transportation and communication was by water, the deep-water port at Fell's Point offered many advantages to the area.

Reminders of Fells Point's proud industrial and maritime past which include shipbuilding operations, coffee, fertilizer, and other agricultural trades are present everywhere along the waterfront. Warehouses, piers,and nautical street names characterize the oldest streets of the district. Old belgian block streets wind between seemingly endless rows of 18 th , 19 th and early 20 th century buildings. Residents were mainly shipbuilders and sailors who had the same reputation as those at the Plymouth docks or Gosport in England.

Best known for the fast sailing schooners built and equipped there, Fell's Point was a center for privateering and the slave trade, and played an important role in both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. It was also an important early immigration depot and settlement location.

Location / Directions:

From Points South (D. C., Maryland Suburbs, Virginia, etc.):

  1. Take I-95 North to I-395.
  2. Take I-395 "Inner Harbor".
  3. From I-395, turn right onto Pratt Street.
  4. Stay on Pratt St. for quite a while. You will pass Harbor Place and the Aquarium on the right.
  5. Stay to the right and turn right onto President Street at the Pratt and President Street light.
  6. Stay on President Street until you pass the stop light at Eastern and President, then bear left and you will be on Fleet Street.
  7. Stay on Fleet St. until you cross over both sides of Broadway.
  8. From Fleet, turn right onto Ann Street and proceed down Ann Street to 808 S. Ann Street.
  9. The Fell's Point Visitor Center is on the right hand side of Ann Street just before you reach the water at the intersection of Ann and Thames Street.

From Points North (DE, Eastern PA, NJ, etc.):

  1. Take I-95 South.
  2. Exit at O'Donnell Street by bearing right on the curve onto O'Donnell Street.
  3. Follow O'Donnell Street, to the top of the overpass at Conkling and O'Donnell Streets. At the Conkling and O'Donnell Street stop light, make a left hand turn onto Conkling and follow to the Conkling and Boston Street stop light.
  4. Turn right onto Boston Street at the light.
  5. Continue on Boston Street to Aliceanna intersection, turn left onto Aliceanna Street at the light, near the restaurant that looks like a ship.
  6. Stay on Aliceanna Street till the second stop light at Aliceanna and Ann Street. Turn left onto Ann Street and proceed down Ann Street to 808 S. Ann Street.
  7. The Fell's Point Visitor Center is on the right hand side of Ann Street just before your reach the water at the intersection of Ann and Thames Street.

From Points North (and Central Pennsylvania):

  1. Take I-83 south to Fayette Street where 83 ends at a stop light – do not turn onto Fayette Street. Cross over Fayette, and that will put you on President Street. At the next light you will cross over Pratt Street to President Street.
  2. Stay on President Street until you pass the stop light at Eastern and President, then bear left and you will be on Fleet Street.
  3. Stay on Fleet Street until you cross over both sides of Broadway.
  4. At the next stop light, turn right onto Ann Street and proceed to 808 S. Ann Street.
  5. The Fell's Point Visitor Center is on the right hand side of Ann Street, just before you reach the water at the intersection of Ann and Thames Street.

From Points West (Howard County, Missouri, California, etc.):

  1. Take I-695 (Beltway) south to I-95.
  2. Take I-395 “Inner Harbor
  3. From I-395 turn right onto Pratt Street
  4. Stay on Pratt Street for quite a while. You will pass Harbor Place and the Aquarium on the right.
  5. Stay to the right and turn right onto President Street at the Pratt and President Street light.
  6. Stay on President Street until you pass the stop light at Eastern and President, then bear left and you will be on Fleet Street.
  7. Stay on Fleet St. until you cross over both sides of Broadway.
  8. From Fleet, turn right onto Ann Street and proceed down Ann Street to 808 S. Ann Street.
  9. The Fell's Point Visitor Center is on the right hand side of Ann Street just before you reach the water at the intersection of Ann and Thames Street.

Parking Garages:

There are now 2 parking garages located in the 800 block of Caroline Street, PMS and PMI.

Transportation:

Easy access to Fell's Point is available year round through Ed Kane's Water Taxi Transportation System.

Address: Fell's Point Historic District
808 S. Anne Street
Baltimore, MD 21231
Phone: (410) 675-6750
E-mail: info@preservationcsociety.com
Activities: Robert Long House Tours, docent led Ghost walk Walking Tour, decent led Maritime History Walking Tour, docent, led Immigration in Fell's Point Walking Tour, docent led Historic Harbor House Tour, self-guided

Educational Programs Tours / Walking Tours

Operating Hours: April1 - November 1, 10am-5pm; 7 days a week; October 2- March 31, noon - 4pm, Tuesday through Sunday
Fees: Long House, $3; Walking Tours, $12; House Tour $12, advance, $15 day of
Visitor Facilities: Visitor Center, ADA restrooms, museum store; convenient water taxi access from the Inner Harbor and other waterfront locations; public boat landing in Canton, .5 miles away, two parking garages and on-street parking (fee).
Accessibility: The Visitor Center, Robert Long House 18th century garden and walking tours of the historic district are accessible. The Robert Long House provides an alternative experience with audiotour for visitors in wheelchairs.
Website: http://www.preservationsociety.com

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