History of Catonsville, Maryland
Catonsville is an outskirts west of Baltimore, Maryland, in Baltimore County. Catonsville boasts a long history. This area was first inhabited by the Piscataway tribe long before the Europeans arrived to set up their colonies. There were several trails connecting the tribe villages, and one of them passed right through the area where the present day Catonsville is situated.
Despite the fact that the Piscataway tribe and the first settlers got along well, the population of the Native Indians plummeted drastically because of European diseases to which they had no built-up immunity, and a number of wars with the Iroquois. Eventually few Indians had survived by the time the colonists began to set up new settlements in western Maryland.
The first settlement of what is now Catonsville was founded by the Europeans around the year 1720 and was called Johnnycake. The name of the settlement is believed to derive from cornbread that locals baked and sold to travelers. During the 1780s, a road connecting a flour mill on the Patapsco River with Baltimore was constructed. The road was designated as the Frederick Turnpike, but today it is known as MD Route 144. A large plot of land near the road was owned by Charles Carroll of Carrolton who urged his son-in-law, Richard Caton, to develop it. The construction of the family property for the Catons called "Castle Thunder" was finished in 1787. The area near the house was called "Catonville" but in the 1830s the spelling was changed to "Catonsville".
Due to its convenient location on the turnpike, Catonsville became a stopping point for numerous travelers. As a result businesses that served travelers flourished and the community of Catonsville gradually expanded. The picturesque environment also lured wealthy Baltimore residents who built there spacious estates away from the summer heat. One of them, the Summit, is currently an apartment building.
In 1862 a horse-car line was established between Baltimore and Catonsville which was replaced in the 1890s by an electric trolley. In 1884, the Catonsville Short Line Railroad was built to connect Catonsville with Baltimore.
Catonsville is famous for its annual Catonsville Arts & Crafts Festival which is held for more than 40 years. This landmark event attracts artists from a variety of regions who arrive to exhibit and offer for sale the finest exclusive paintings, pottery, photography, jewelry, textiles and more. Each year on the Sunday after Labor Day, the downtown is closed to traffic so that buyers could shop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Catonsville Arts & Crafts Festival is always a true all-day event for the whole family, with live music on two stages, a huge selection of food and unique drinks, and a KidZone where children can make fun.
To get a glimpse into the history of Catonsville visit the Pullen Museum run by the Catonsville Historical Society. It also maintains Knot Garden, the first formal garden in America. Another historical site is The Benjamin Banneker Historical Park which tells about the first African-American scientist. For more information about the history of Catonsville consider purchasing a book "Catonsville (MD) (Images of America)" at eBay. You can save on your purchase at eBay when using eBay Redemption Code 2015 available at promocodes2015.com.