Catonsville Historical Society

Catonsville Historical Society An organization established in 1973 by Mrs. Robert Townsend who bequeathed her home to the Society becoming a museum to house Catonsville memorabilia.
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We encourage researchers, persons interested in local history, and even genealogists to explore the resources we have made available to you in this online forum. In addition, we are extending an open invitation to all interested persons, of any age, to become members of the society to help continue the work of preserving Catonsville Heritage.

A historical idea that sounds like it could come back in style!
12/09/2019
Fruit Walls: Urban Farming in the 1600s

A historical idea that sounds like it could come back in style!

We are being told to eat local and seasonal food, either because other crops have been tranported over long distances, or because they are grown in energy-intensive greenhouses. But it wasn't always like that. From the sixteenth to the twentieth century, urban farmers grew Mediterranean fruits and v...

The Catonsville Historical Society has been fortunate enough to host Mr. Diggs at events on numerous occasions. AND we s...
07/12/2019

The Catonsville Historical Society has been fortunate enough to host Mr. Diggs at events on numerous occasions. AND we spelled his name correctly in publicity material...

Last night the Preservation Alliance of Baltimore County honored Louis Diggs with the John McGrain Award for achievement in preserving Baltimore County history. Mr. Diggs has chronicled the county's black history in 13 books (so far!) and continues to share his research and findings through his museum in Granite. We join @preservationalliance in congratulating Louis Diggs on this well-deserved award.

But what about the humidity?
07/10/2019

But what about the humidity?

On this day in 1936, Baltimore set a local high temp record of 107!
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Here's the Evening Sun front page and a transcript of an article with the headline, "Thermometer Commits Suicide At 120 In The Sun":
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"Official weather temperature readings are taken from a protected thermometer "In the shade" as the old expression has it-but today's newest diversion was the placing of thermometers in the direct sunlight, and some "high" readings were obtained.
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One such unofficial thermometer was placed in direct sunlight on a window sill at the Northern Police Station on Keswick road. Up went the mercury to 10 degrees-105!-110! 120! On that thermometer 120 degrees was the maximum marking, but the instrument seemed determined to go higher or bust. Well it busted!"
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Some pre-Independence Day history...
07/02/2019

Some pre-Independence Day history...

DELAWARE SNAPSHOT
Riding into History
Caesar Rodney, the state’s best-known patriot, rides July 1-2, 1776, from his home near Dover to Philadelphia. He breaks a tie between Delaware’s other delegates, voting for independence from England. This map of his route by A.N. Wyeth, Andrew’s nephew, is from “Caesar Rodney patriot – Delaware’s hero for all times and all seasons,” by William P. Frank. The booklet was released in 1976 by the Delaware American Revolution Bicentennial Commission.
– Compiled by robin brown
Map: 1975
Delaware Public Archives
Caesar Rodney file

Tickets for our Home and Garden Tour on Saturday, May 5 are available now for $25 but the price will increase to $30 on ...
04/21/2018
Upcoming Events

Tickets for our Home and Garden Tour on Saturday, May 5 are available now for $25 but the price will increase to $30 on April 23, so get your tickets today! You can buy online or in person at Objects Found - Antiques, Art, and Stuff on Consignment

Spring is in the air, and the home and garden tour is just around the corner. Many people in the community will once again be opening their doors to present their beautiful historic homes and...

Get your tickets now for the 2018 Home and Garden Tour on May 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can buy tickets online on our...
04/20/2018
Upcoming Events

Get your tickets now for the 2018 Home and Garden Tour on May 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can buy tickets online on our website or in person at Objects Found - Antiques, Art, and Stuff on Consignment

Spring is in the air, and the home and garden tour is just around the corner. Many people in the community will once again be opening their doors to present their beautiful historic homes and...

Tickets are NOW ON SALE  for the Home and Garden Tour! Stop by Objects Found - Antiques, Art, and Stuff on Consignment o...
04/19/2018
Upcoming Events

Tickets are NOW ON SALE for the Home and Garden Tour! Stop by Objects Found - Antiques, Art, and Stuff on Consignment or visit the website using the link below...

Spring is in the air, and the home and garden tour is just around the corner. Many people in the community will once again be opening their doors to present their beautiful historic homes and...

Tickets go on sale for the Home and Garden Tour April 18!
04/16/2018
Upcoming Events

Tickets go on sale for the Home and Garden Tour April 18!

Spring is in the air, and the home and garden tour is just around the corner. Many people in the community will once again be opening their doors to present their beautiful historic homes and...

Hope you plan to join us for a fun evening tonight starting at 7!
02/09/2018

Hope you plan to join us for a fun evening tonight starting at 7!

Authors scheduled to appear at our Valentine's Day Author's Night tomorrow, February 9 include Catherine Asaro, Kathy Lo...
02/08/2018

Authors scheduled to appear at our Valentine's Day Author's Night tomorrow, February 9 include Catherine Asaro, Kathy Love and Kate Dolan.

Friday night, 7 to 9 p.m., join us for a special Valentine's Day edition of Author Night!
02/06/2018

Friday night, 7 to 9 p.m., join us for a special Valentine's Day edition of Author Night!

Millie Mack and Frances Altman are two of the authors who be joining us for our Valentines Day Author Night discussion o...
02/03/2018

Millie Mack and Frances Altman are two of the authors who be joining us for our Valentines Day Author Night discussion of strange courtship rituals. Join us on Friday, February 9 from 7 to 9 p.m.!

One week from tonight!
02/02/2018

One week from tonight!

Our Valentine's Day Author's Night program, Strange Courtship Rituals, is coming up next week on Friday, February 9 from...
01/31/2018

Our Valentine's Day Author's Night program, Strange Courtship Rituals, is coming up next week on Friday, February 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. One of our panelists is historical romance author Christie Kelley. Hope you can join us!

One week from Friday -- celebrate Valentine's Day with a special Author's Night program discussing unusual courtship rit...
01/29/2018

One week from Friday -- celebrate Valentine's Day with a special Author's Night program discussing unusual courtship rituals. Admission is free and authors will have books for sale - perfect for Valetine's gifts!

Oysters are supposed to be an aphrodisiac but the pictures aren't very appealing, even in a food magazine. One of the to...
01/24/2018

Oysters are supposed to be an aphrodisiac but the pictures aren't very appealing, even in a food magazine. One of the topics we'll discuss (and sample) at Author Night 2018 on February 9 is foods that people have eaten in the hopes of improving their love lives. Hope you can join us!

Chocolate has long been associated with love and courtship, and not just on Valentine's Day. And, if you've ever been a ...
01/22/2018

Chocolate has long been associated with love and courtship, and not just on Valentine's Day. And, if you've ever been a meeting of the Maryland Writers Association or the Maryland Romance Writers Association, you will see that writers are highly motivated by chocolate. So at Author's Night 2018, where we explore strange courtship rituals in honor of Valentine's Day, you can be sure there will be chocolate in abundance! Hope you plan to join us on Friday, February 9 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Mark your calendars!!!
01/21/2018

Mark your calendars!!!

Join us for a fun Valentine's Day program on Friday, February 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. Author Night 2018 will feature discussi...
01/19/2018

Join us for a fun Valentine's Day program on Friday, February 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. Author Night 2018 will feature discussions of strange courtship rituals in history and fictional culture. Admission is free!

01/14/2018

The Catonsville Historical Society, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to preserving, protecting, and educating the community about Catonsville history, is seeking a consultant to lead the CHS Board of Directors through a one day strategic planning retreat that will result in a three year strategic plan. The consulting engagement will also include a retreat planning meeting with the CHS Executive Board and up to three phone consultations with the Executive Board in the six months following the retreat. The CHS Board has completed a Best Practices Checklist for Non-Profits-Gap Analysis. The consultant must have at least five years’ experience working with nonprofit boards, that includes the strategic planning process as well as excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written) to lead and facilitate discussion among a diverse board.

Your proposal should include but not be limited to the following:
* Fee Schedule
* Services Provided
* Resume/CV
* List of Five Most Recent Engagements including Client Contact Information/References.

Please send proposal to Anne Luco, CHS, P.O. Box 9311, Catonsville, MD 21228 by Wednesday, February 7 for consideration.

12/09/2017

The Holiday Tea scheduled for Dec. 9. has been cancelled due to inclement weather. The Historical Society has decided for the safety everyone to follow the Baltimore County School Systems.

The Polar Express and the rest of the wonderful trains are running at the Annual Open House. Come by and visit. We are h...
12/02/2017

The Polar Express and the rest of the wonderful trains are running at the Annual Open House. Come by and visit. We are here to 5. Santa is here 10:30-2.

Are you a fan of American Flyer and Lionel S Guage Model Trains. The Catonsville Historical Society has several wonderfu...
11/22/2017

Are you a fan of American Flyer and Lionel S Guage Model Trains. The Catonsville Historical Society has several wonderful displays running during the holiday. Be sure to set aside time to enjoy the sites and sounds of this holiday train garden.

11/19/2017

Annual Holiday Open House
Christmas Open House
December 2, 2017
10am-5pm

Join us for the Annual Christmas Open House, Sat. Dec. 2. Listen to the wonderful sounds of the holiday as you stroll through the house which has been beautifully decorated for the season.

Santa will be on hand for pictures and to chat with the boys and girls from 10:30-2pm.

Be sure to visit the wonderful train garden will be running on two levels.

There will be light refreshments and an opportunity to enter for a "Basket of Cheer".

We look forward to seeing you there.

For more information visit www.catonsvillehistoricalsociety.org

10/28/2017
10/28/2017

The food is warm, the beer cold, the music playing. Come visit us at The society house for the annual Octerberfest Home Brew Competition. We here til 6.

09/17/2017

Stay up to date with all the Historical Society's events. The Society is now on Instagram (Catonsvillehistory) and Twitter (@historyofcville).

05/05/2017

2017 Catonsville Home and Garden Tour, May 6, 10 am - 4 pm. Tickets purchased online can be pickup at the Will Call table, May 6, 9 am - 11 am, at The Knights of Columbus, 1010 Frederick Road, next to the Public Library.
Additional tickets will be available the day of the event for $35.00 and can also be purchased at Will Call table.

Don't miss the opportunity to see some of Catonsville beautiful Historical homes.

Tickets are on sale now to the general public for the 2017 Home Garden Tour on May 6. Get your tickets today at Objects ...
04/23/2017
Upcoming Events

Tickets are on sale now to the general public for the 2017 Home Garden Tour on May 6. Get your tickets today at Objects Found - Antiques, Art, and Stuff on Consignment or online here: http://catonsvillehistoricalsociety.org/upcoming-events.html

May 6th 2017 10AM - 4PM ​19th Catonsville Home and Garden Tour Tickets on Sale April 15, 2017 To purchase, Click here If you wish to speak with a Society Member, Click here and someone will...

Address

1824 Frederick Rd
Catonsville, MD
21228

General information

We encourage researchers, persons interested in local history, and even genealogists to explore the resources we have made available to you in this online forum. In addition, we are extending an open invitation to all interested persons, of any age, to become members of the society to help continue the work of preserving Catonsville Heritage.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(410) 744-3034

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Our Lady of the Angels Chapel in Catonsville, MD.
I made recent discoveries regarding my ancestral families from Maryland and wanted to share it here.
I am researching for a book about my great-grandmother who immigrated to the US from Scotland in 1892. I am interested in using the Thistle Mill area as the place she would have worked and lived while she was in Baltimore. I have gotten information from the internet but would be interested to know if there are books available, people who could help me with research, etc. She would have been there only a few years. I would appreciate any suggestions as I don't live in that area.Thank you.
I am writing a book - historical fiction - about my great-grandmother. The details of the her actual history are slim but I know when she immigrated from Scotland to the US in 1892, she went to Baltimore and worked in a mill for a few years. I have chosen to set that part of the story in Thistle Mills because of the name and the interesting area. I have found a lot of photos and descriptions of Thistle Mills but would love to know if there are diaries or books, etc. about the life of a mill girl in the Ellicott City or surrounding area around that time. She would have probably gone to the Presbyterian church. Any suggestions for my research would be much appreciated. Thanks
Save the date: Saturday May 18th! HOME AND GARDEN TOUR Spring is in the air, and the home and garden tour is just around the corner. Many people in the community will once again be opening their doors to present their beautiful historic homes and carefully sculpted gardens. This year's tour is in conjunction with the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage. This is the first time MHGP has come to Catonsville in the 35 years of the tour. For ticket information and a sneak peak at the homes check out our website:
Does anyone know what happened with the application put in for 736 Edmondson Avenue with the MD historic trust back in the mid-90s? A developer wants to build about 40 houses and tear down the mansion.
Announcing the release of a new historical novel set in Ellicott City, Oella, and Catonsville in 1908: Mile Marker Ten is available today on Amazon and Barnes & Noble! By local author, Michael Maloney, Mile Marker Ten weaves an exhilarating tale from true events described in clippings from the Baltimore Sun, the Ellicott City Times, and other newspapers. It is a vivid portrayal a time of transformation, not unlike our own, driven by rapid technology and social change.
The Catonsville Historical Society suffered extensive damage as a result of the May 27th flooding. The basement of the Society home filled with water to the rafters and the museum had 18 inches of water throughout. The flood water destroyed the collection of the Catonsville Argus/Catonsville Times that dated back to 1881. The books were water logged and growing mold and could not be salvaged. Unfortunately, we have learned that the Catonsville Library has thrown away the microfilm of the Argus/Times. Additionally, our Train Garden sustained extensive damage. Our garden is a popular attraction that was donated by the Catonsville Fire Department and dated to the 1940s. We are hoping that the engines and transformers can be restored. We are in the process of getting quotes for their restoration. All of our appliances were completely submerged in water and will need to be replaced. This includes the furnace, hot water heater and air conditioning unit. We have not yet had an electrician inspect the wiring of the house for damage. The main museum will require the removal of the baseboards and drywall to allow for mold remediation. Once mold remediation is complete then restoration will begin. All of our display cabinets are water logged and will need to be replaced. The two entry doors will also need to be replaced due to water damage. The flooring will need to be assessed to determine the best choice for replacement. At this time we believe that none of the damage will be covered by our insurance. Once the restoration is complete, we will want to address the stream area and look into water plantings and landscaping that would reduce the likelihood of flooding. We also have a vision for finishing our garage as a permanent home for the train garden rather than return it to the flood prone basement. The garage will need to be weatherproofed and brought up to the fire code requirements for exhibit space. This is our initial assessment of the damages and repairs needed. We anticipate that additional work will be required as new problems may be uncovered in the restoration process. Our needs are extensive and we certainly would appreciate any assistance that you can provide in achieving our restoration goals. Thank you, Anne Luco President, Catonsville Historical Society