Pasadena in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The History of Ft Smallwood Park
Recreation and places dedicated to its pursuit were a nation-wide phenomena in the early 20th Century. The shores of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers were dotted with swimming beaches, waterfront amusement parks, and residential summer communities.
The Olmstead Brothers, prominent landscape architects of the early 20th century, included Ft Smallwood in their Baltimore City Park Plan, and in July of 1927, the City of Baltimore acquired the former military installation for use as a public beach and park.
New found prosperity of the 'Roaring Twenties' meant that leisure time was no longer a privilege reserved only for the wealthy and middle classes. Ft Smallwood Park opened its gates in 1929, offering public beaches and recreation space.
Residents of Baltimore City and from rural farms and villages had the means and time to travel by trains, steamships and, in ever-increasing numbers, automobiles, to the sea or mountains in search of rest, relaxation, and fresh air.
Ft Smallwood Park's popularity peaked during the 1940s, following World War II. In the 1950s, the NAACP brought suit in Federal Court, challenging Ft Smallwood's policies of racial segregation, a case that was argued and won by future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Attendance
Location. 39° 9.743′ N, 76° 29.078′ W. Marker is in Pasadena, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker can be reached from Fort Smallwood Road (Maryland Route 173) 0.1 miles north of Parkside Drive. Click for map. Marker is within the park, near the boat ramp, and directly in front of the old concession stand. Marker is in this post office area: Pasadena MD 21122, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Preservation in Progress (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named The History of Ft Smallwood Park (here, next to this marker); Bill Burton Fishing Pier (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Smallwood Park Flagpole (about 800 feet away); Prime View (approx. 0.4 miles away); Veterans of Foreign Wars (approx. 1.3 miles away); In Memoriam (approx. 2 miles away); Observing the Enemy (approx. 2.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Pasadena.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 103 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page was last revised on October 9, 2016.