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The Historical Timeline of Hamilton, MD

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This article is presented by Maryland Injury Guys, the personal injury lawyers in Hamilton. We encourage you to learn more about the history of our local communities, starting with Hamilton.

History of Hamilton

Hamilton, or Hamilton Hills, is a mixed-use suburban neighborhood in the northeastern corner of Baltimore City, Maryland. It is bordered by Old Harford Rd. and Harford Rd. to the east, Echodale Ave. to the south, Perring Pkwy. to the west and the Baltimore County line to the north.

The community of Hamilton was sparsely populated until the development of Harford Rd. in the late 1700s. In the 1800s, it was a small, rural village that was surrounded by farmlands. However, by the 1900s, developers and entrepreneurs have moved into the area to build houses and form main street corridors. During that century, Hamilton was described as a desirable and family-oriented neighborhood. In 1918, it was annexed by Baltimore City. Since the end of World War II in 1945, the neighborhood has experienced White flight and struggle through urban decay. Residents have been working on reviving and protecting the neighborhood's reputation and Harford Road's main street economy.

With many rolling hills – a characteristic of the Piedmont plateau in Maryland – Hamilton is the 8th largest neighborhood in Baltimore by total area. In 2020, based on the total number of people living in the area, it was the 5th largest neighborhood in the city. The historical timeline of Hamilton is as follows:

  • Before the 1640s - The Susquehannock people lived in the area
  • 1634 - The Maryland Colony's first English settlers spread north from the Potomac River and St. Clement's Island into the Baltimore area.
  • 1734 - The Principio Iron Company of England acquired land in the area for pig iron production
  • 1780 - The Maryland General Assembly confiscated all British property in the state during the American Revolutionary War
  • 1791 - Harford Road was built to provide farmers and merchants with a trade route into Baltimore Town
  • The early 1800s - Harford Rd. was privatized as a toll road and villages like Hamilton's sister neighborhood Lauraville was developed
  • The mid-1800s - Hamilton, previously North Lauraville, was established between the intersection of Tames Ln. and Old Harford Rd., on Harford Rd.
  • The late 1800s - Hamilton Caughey, a retired sea captain, donated land for Baltimore County. Tame Ln. was renamed Hamilton Ln. and Hamilton Ave. after him. Baltimore Postmaster S. Davies Warfield also renamed North Lauraville to Hamilton to separate the village from its sister.
  • 1898 - Electric rail service for passengers was extended into Hamilton
  • 1900 - Real estate developers came into Hamilton and bought many of its old estates and farm for new housing.
  • 1905 - Evergraan Lawn was Hamilton's first established subdivision
  • 1914 - Hamilton surpassed other neighborhoods in size
  • 1918 - Baltimore City annexed Hamilton, within the 91.9 square miles of land from Baltimore County
  • The 1920s - Harford Rd. was transformed into a public arterial road
  • The 1940s and 1950s - Electric streetcar system was discontinued in favor of automobiles
  • The late 1900s - White residents migrated away and Hamilton because a pass-through community
  • The 1990s and 2000s - The Hamilton-Lauraville Main Street non-profit organization was founded to combat the urban decay of the area
  • 2014 - The Baltimore Sun ranked the neighborhood 3rd in its top 10 up-and-coming-places to live in Baltimore
  • 2019 - Redfin ranked Hamilton 4th in its top 10 hottest affordable neighborhoods in the U.S


The neighborhood of Hamilton is rich in its art culture. Several murals are featured throughout the community with the support of the Baltimore Mural Program. A number of established in the area also foster arts and entertainment. This includes the Hamilton Arts Collective, the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Performing Arts, Hamilton Music, Chapterhouse Tattoo and the Strand Theater. Live music can be heard in many of the neighborhood's restaurants. In addition, the Hamilton Lauraville Main Street organization has been the host of multiple cultural events in the community. The organization has organized First Friday events and sponsored the annual soapbox derby, Downhill Derby, in Hamilton.

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Aaron Blank Esq
Date Published: May 28, 2021
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