Carroll’s Hundred Begins October Tours

Chance for the public to see 1770’s Revolutionary period landmark in Carroll Park

by Pam Charshee
In 1984, William Donald Schaefer called it “The Final Jewel in the Inner Harbor Development.” Those knowing local history call it Carroll’s Hundred-on-Patapsco, a remnant of Charles Carroll Barrister’s 1770’s iron plantation in Southwest Baltimore’s Carroll Park. Volunteer-led Saturday tours of the partially restored historic site will run from October 1 to October 29.

Tours are from 11 A.M. - 2 P.M. on the hour, and will stress the regional and national significance of Baltimore’s unique Revolutionary-period landmark, which the National Park Service has called worthy of claiming “its place of honor among its contemporary Colonial estates, such as Mount Vernon, Monticello, and Stratford Hall.”

Visitors will learn about the ‘invisible’ community of African-American slaves, convict workers, and indentured servants that supported the plantation, as well as the prominence of Charles Carroll Barrister, his role on Maryland’s Revolutionary Council of Safety, his leadership during the French and Indian War, and his drafting of our State Constitution.

The public is invited to become part of the Carroll’s Hundred effort to protect one of Baltimore’s most important historical sites and to create an authentic living-history park only 10 minutes from downtown and 5 minutes from I-95, Russell Street and the 2 stadiums. The public can also participate in archaeology programs, the restoration of a heritage orchard and terraced gardens, and the reconstruction of a Georgian-style greenhouse or Orangery.

Call 410-323-5236 for more information.

Directions: MLK Blvd. south to Washington Blvd., west 5 blks. to Carroll Park. Or, I-95 and Russell Street to MLK. Blvd. north; first left onto Washington Blvd.; continue to park. Follow signs to the top of the hill in Carroll Park. Note: Tours do not include Mt. Clare Mansion.

Pam Charshee is Executive Director of The Carroll Park Foundation. She may be reached at pcharshe@verizon.net.

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This story was published on September 29, 2005.