Mount Vernon, Maryland, named after the home of George Washington, is steeped in our nation's history. From America's first monument honoring our country's first president to its first lending library and its oldest cathedral, the area is full of historic art, museums, early American architecture, and grand old mansions.
Mount Vernon has so many historical sites, museums, and collections throughout their area, it is difficult to choose which to see first. Here are a few must-see destinations.
Walters Art Museum, 600 North Charles Street, Baltimore
Featuring a collection of artwork gathered by William Thompson Walters and his son, Henry, the collection at the Walters Art Museum features European paintings, Greek and Roman antiques, ceramics from the Far East, Egyptian mummy masks, and much more from all around the world.
The museum is open from 10:00 a.m. To 5:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Thursdays are Constellation Night, and the museum is open until 9:00 p.m. General admission is free, however, some exhibits may require tickets.
Maryland Historical Society, 201 West Monument Street, Baltimore
Founded in 1844, the MdHS is the permanent home for the original manuscript of the Star Spangled Banner along with 350,000 objects and more than 7 million books and documents that have a place in Maryland's history. The facility underwent a major expansion in 2003 and now features 30,000 square feet of exhibition space.
The museum is open from 10:00 a.m. Until 5:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and from noon to 5:00 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $9 for adults.
Washington Monument & Museum, 699 North Charles Street, Baltimore
Construction began on this monument in 1815 making it the first dedicated to George Washington. It is surrounded by the four squares that make up Mount Vernon Place and the park includes a statue of the Marquis de Lafayette to show support for the French fighting for their liberty in the 20th century.
Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church,10 East Mt.Vernon Place, Baltimore
Built in 1872 as a "Cathedral of Methodism," the church sits on the property that once was the home of Charles Howard and his wife, Elizabeth Key. Elizabeth's father, Frances Scott Key, died in the home in 1843. The building is currently listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Locals and visitors throughout Baltimore will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner all summer long. After a brief stay at the Smithsonian, the original manuscript of the Star Spangled Banner has returned to the Maryland Historical Society and awaits the biggest celebrations in September. The week-long Star Spangled Spectacular includes tall ships, the Blue Angels, historical demonstrations, family-friendly fun, and live music starts September 10 with a concert and fireworks display over the Baltimore harbor on September 13.
Mixed in with the historical sites and institutions is a feast of contemporary culture, cuisine, and nightlife. To become part of a city that is carrying our nation's history into the future, take a look at our real estate listing of homes for sale in Mount Vernon, Maryland. To schedule a showing, or to learn more about living here, contact Homesale Realty today.