FYI Historic Tour of Druid Hill Park

I am leading a walk for the Friends of Druid Hill Park
Walking Tour (approx 5 mile hike)
September 29, 11 AM - 1 PM
$8 Non-Friends of Druid Hill Park Members
$5 Members

Join the Friends of Druid Hill Park on our Historic Walking Tours of Druid Hill Park. This major urban park of 745 acres is one of the oldest urban parks in the country and a direct result of the early American Public Parks Movement. Only Central Park in New York City, 1858, and Fairmont Park in Philadelphia, 1859, pre-date Druid Hill Park.

Learn about the Boat Lake where generations of Baltimoreans skated and boated, walk the Grand Promenade and see the location of the Moorish Bandstand, hear about the Mansion House, the last original remaining structure in the park and the Maryland House, built for the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia and moved to Druid Hill Park. Visit the Rogers' Family Cemetery, final resting place of Revolutionary War hero Nicholas Rogers. Learn how William Wallace,Christopher Columbus, George Washington and Richard Wagner found their way to the park. Visit Druid Lake’s National Engineering Landmark earthen dam, and the formerly segregated swimming pool and tennis courts. Check out the views from the Moorish Tower.

Tours begin at the Rawlings Conservatory located at the Gwynns Falls entrance to Druid Hill Park.

*This tour includes significant walking.*

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  • David S.

    The historic tour was great fun. The leaders of the hike told a lot of fascinating stories about the park, what used to be there, and how it came to be. We took the longer option for the hike and it totaled a little under 4 easy miles.

    September 30, 2012

  • Julie S.

    Have lived in the Baltimore area for 35 years, never knew what I was missing. Thanks Tom- a most enjoyable hike.

    September 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very enjoyable tour. Learned so much about the history of Baltimore. Our guide was well informed, and the weather was just perfect!

    September 29, 2012

  • Shannon F.

    Beautiful tour so much history! I had no idea Druid hill park was so big! Loved meeting new folks and everyone was very nice :)

    September 29, 2012

  • Tom

    Good Morning,

    The Weatherman says it should be a beautiful day for tomorrow's tour of Druid Hill Park.

    The Friends of Druid Hill Park look forward to hosting the walking tour of the park. We will be starting at 11 AM in the North Pavilion of the Howard P. Rawlings Conservatory. Please arrive a little early so we can get everyone registered and are able to start on time. If you have not registered or paid, you will be able to register and pay at the event. The Hike/Walk should take approx 2 hours. Remember, this tour involves significant walking on paved surfaces with several hills. Please come dressed for the weather and bring water and a snack.

    We should have a good group.

    See you in the park!


    September 28, 2012

    • Shannon F.

      Thanjs Tom this helps a lot to know the terrain & approximate length of time. Appreciate this post!

      September 28, 2012

  • Tom

    Dogs are allowed but must remain on a leash.

    September 23, 2012

  • Tom changed the date and time to Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    September 18, 2012

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