Located about two hours from the U.S. Capital of Washington, D.C., Baltimore is a burgeoning city that offers many great things like D.C. Baltimore is one of my favorite border state cities (the city displays both Southern charm and some Yankee sentiments—the pace of life isn’t as fast as New York City, but faster than South Carolina). The Inner Harbor is a great walking area with the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay is welcoming as well as the shopkeepers that greet walkers. There are so many great restaurants in that area and different events on summer evenings.
Baltimore has a lot more to offer than just the Inner Harbor and the Chesapeake Bay, however. Into Civil War history? Baltimore has a Civil War museum, a Civil War trail, and other museums that mention Baltimore’s complicated history in the Civil War. Into sports? The Orioles and Ravens bring a lot of energy into the city. Everyone is a fan on game day. Into the arts? Baltimore has a great arts scene. If you find yourself visiting Baltimore, here are the best things to do while you’re in the city.
4Civil War Museum at President Street Station (And the Civil War Trails)
Baltimore has a lot of Civil War history, especially as a border state between the North and South! Baltimore acted as a passageway between Northern and Southern ideals. Southern sympathizers lived in Baltimore, as did Northern sympathizers; which came to a head on April 19, 1861 with the Baltimore riot. The city began the Civil War as a slave state until midway through the war when half of Baltimore was being populated by newly freed slaves.
The Civil War Museum at President Street Station displays the riot and other Baltimore Civil War history. As a Civil War buff, I love visiting this museum. I first went through with my parents back in 2005 and remember buying a Civil War music CD that I still listen to this day. The last time I went they added more displays and there is a section where visitors can dress as soldiers, hold a replica rifle, and get a feel for what it felt like to serve in the Civil War. The small library also holds a lot of information for those interested in researching the Civil War.
Baltimore displays their Civil War history throughout the city. Between the Civil War trails, the U.S.S. Constellation, the B & O Railroad Museum (totally recommend that museum as well), Fort McHenry (another recommendation), and Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture all display exhibits related to the Civil War that will satisfy anyone’s interest in Baltimore’s role in the Civil War.