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Friday, January 2, 2009

Baltimore Heritage Walk, Baltimore, Maryland

The Baltimore Heritage Walk is a heritage trail that links together twenty historic sites and museums in Baltimore, Maryland. The trail is 3.2 miles long. The trail is marked at various places by brass markers inset in the sidewalk, and in several languages including English, Irish Gaelic, and Hebrew. These translations give the walk a nice international flair and enhance accessibility, while also serving to limit repetition of the same "Heritage Walk" phrase across the entire route.

Sites included on the walk include:
  1. U.S.S. Constellation Museum, Pier 1, East Pratt Street
  2. World Trade Center / Top of the World, 401 East Pratt Street
  3. Baltimore Maritime Museum, Pier 3, East Pratt Street
  4. Baltimore Public Works Museum, 751 Eastern Avenue
  5. President Street Station, 601 President Street
  6. Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, 844 East Pratt Street
  7. Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture, 830 East Pratt Street
  8. Carroll Mansion, 800 East Lombard Street
  9. Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd Street
  10. McKim Free School, 1120 East Baltimore Street
  11. Old Town Friends' Meetinghouse, 1201 East Fayette Street
  12. Nine North Front Street
  13. Phoenix Shot Tower, Fayette and Front Streets
  14. St. Vincent de Paul Church, 120 North Front Street
  15. War Memorial Plaza, Fayette and Gay Streets
  16. Zion Church of the City of Baltimore, 400 East Lexington Street
  17. Peale Museum, 225 North Holliday Street
  18. City Hall, 100 Holliday Street
  19. Battle Monument, Calvert and Fayette Streets
  20. Alex. Brown Building, 135 East Baltimore Street
In addition to the Heritage Walk there is also a Heritage Pass. Each pass provides one free admission to several attractions. A discount is also provided at several neighborhood restaurants.

Free guided tours leave from the Inner Harbor Visitor Center April 1 - October 31, 2009. Self-guided tours are also encouraged, with Heritage Walk booklets that can be purchased by mail or at one of several historic sites on the walk.

The Heritage Walk is a project of Historic Jonestown, Inc. This not-for-profit consortium of cultural institution, community groups, and businesses. Their mission is "to promote the many historic and cultural sites of Jonestown and the surrounding area by creating an environment that attracts visitors and benefits local residents, businesses and institutions."

Irish Gaelic phrase literally meaning "native way"


  1. I have to mention that the translated copies of the Walk markers is absolutely incorrect in Russian version: НАСЛЕДСТВО ГУЛЯЮТ. After reverse translation back to English this stands for: INHERITANCE IS BEING WASTED...

    1. For clarity: the correct translation of Heritage Walk to Russian might be for instance,
      Тропа Наследия (in caps ТРОПА НАСЛЕДИЯ), or
      Тропа Истории (in caps ТРОПА ИСТОРИИ)