“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Fort Howard in Baltimore County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Todd’s Inheritance

Citizens in Harm’s Way

Todd’s Inheritance Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, August 19, 2007
1. Todd’s Inheritance Marker
Inscription. Todd’s Inheritance is a lasting symbol for Americans land especially Baltimoreans) who stood their ground when attacked by invading forces. Throughout the War of 1812, settlements around the Chesapeake Bay fell to British raiders who had superior equipment and well-trained troops. The British easily captured Alexandria, Virginia, and after burning Washington, D.C., the British attempted a two-prong attack on Baltimore to destroy the heart of America’s ship building industry.

In the early hours of September 12, 1814, a force of 5,000 British troops landed at North Point and marched on this road toward Baltimore.

From Todd’s Inheritance, with its strategic view of the Chesapeake, American mounted sentries had kept watch for the invading British forces. Among the militia stationed here were two Todd family members.

Ultimately the stand made by the citizen militia, and the failure of the British Navy to subdue Fort McHenry, thwarted the British invasion of Baltimore.

Following the battle the retreating British troops burned the original Todd home. The house you see today is built on the original farmhouse foundations.

The Generations of Todds, 1664–1975. For over 300 years, the Todd family lived and worked the land, passing the property from father to son for 10 generations.
Todd's Inheritance image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, August 19, 2007
2. Todd's Inheritance
Dwelling is closed and under renovations.
The land was their inheritance and in 1765 the family farms were combined into a single holding named “Todd’s Inheritance.” It provides a unique window on American history as seen through the eyes of one family.

Todd’s Inheritance Historic Site is part of North Point State Park, a unit of the State Forest and Park Service, Maryland Department of Natural Resources. ... It is operated by Todd’s Inheritance Historic Site, Inc., a private, non-profit organization.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 39° 12.85′ N, 76° 26.271′ W. Marker was near Fort Howard, Maryland, in Baltimore County. Marker was on North Point Road (Maryland Route 20) 0.3 miles south of McComas Road, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker was in this post office area: Sparrows Point MD 21219, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. A different marker also named Todd’s Inheritance (here, next to this marker); A Heavy Price (within shouting distance of this marker); The Presbytery of Baltimore (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Landing (approx. 0.4 miles away); Unexpected Resistance (approx. 0.6 miles away); Wetlands (approx. 0.7 miles away); Dreaded Alarm (approx. ¾ mile away); The Rebirth of a Maryland Historical Treasure (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Howard.
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & SettlersWar of 1812
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,614 times since then and 113 times this year. Last updated on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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