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Bel Air in Harford County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Historic Bel Air

 
 
Historic Bel Air Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, June 28, 2017
1. Historic Bel Air Marker
Inscription. Marker features an aerial view and 11 photos.

Aerial Photo 13
Aerial photograph of Bel Air taken in 1964 showing the location of the old racetrack, construction of the bypass and John Carroll. MD Route 24 and the Harford Mall are not yet built.

Photo 2
Hanna Carriage Factory on Pennsylvania Avenue was one of several such factories in the Bel Air area in the 1880s. Later this became the location for Phillips Fuel and was bought by the Town. The first building on the right of structure was a blacksmith which became the first Bel Air Academy.

Photo 3
Pennsylvania Avenue/Hickory Avenue Slate sidewalks. Bel Air Academy is the white building on right.

Photo 4
Reportedly, the first motel in the state was built at the corner of Hickory Avenue and Moores Mill Road. Del Haven served motorists along Route 1, providing overnight accommodations, fine restaurant, walking trails, gardens and a pool. Locals also used the motel's pool and facilities.

Photo 5
Hickory Avenue before the library or town hall were built.

Photo 6
Reuben's Drive in Restaurant, located just west of town on Hickory Avenue at Moores Mill Road, was a popular gathering place for teens in the 1950s/60s. Roller skating servers brought orders right to your car door.

Photo 7
Coaches from

Hanna Carriage Factory image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, June 28, 2017
2. Hanna Carriage Factory
Edgewood Train station to Bel Air during a time when Bel Air was one of the few Maryland County Seats without train service.

Photo 8
View of Broadway from Main Street

Photo 9
The Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company organized in 1923, replaced the earlier Bel Air Fire and Salvage Company. In 1940 this building, originally the Neuman Ice Cream Plant on the east side of Bond Street, was purchased to house equipment and volunteers, but soon became too small. The Fire company then bought the old County Roads Building on Hickory Avenue where the Company is located today.

Photo 10
The original Shamrock Mansion was burned by the local fire company to clear land for new development. The farm is now home to the Bel Air Library, Town Hall, Shamrock Park, the Shamrock Development and the Calvary Baptist Church.

Photo 11
First Catholic Church in Bel Air.

Photo 12
Soldiers marching down Main Street in Bel Air at the beginning of World War II as they were preparing to fight for their country.
 
Location. 39° 32.342′ N, 76° 20.862′ W. Marker is in Bel Air, Maryland, in Harford County. Marker is at the intersection of Hickory Avenue and Lee Way on Hickory Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is near the right side of the Band Shell. Marker is in this post office area: Bel Air MD 21014, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.

Pennsylvania Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, June 28, 2017
3. Pennsylvania Avenue
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Grateful Recognition (within shouting distance of this marker); Sacred to the Memory of the Men of Harford County (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Historic Bel Air (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bel Air (approx. mile away); a different marker also named Bel Air (approx. mile away); Built 1898 Liriodendron (approx. 0.3 miles away); "The Door" (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Hays House (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bel Air.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Del Haven Motel image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, June 28, 2017
4. Del Haven Motel
Hickory Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, June 28, 2017
5. Hickory Avenue
Reuben's Drive In image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, June 28, 2017
6. Reuben's Drive In
Coach from Train Station image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, June 28, 2017
7. Coach from Train Station
Broadway image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, June 28, 2017
8. Broadway
Fire Company image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, June 28, 2017
9. Fire Company
Shamrock Mansion image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, June 28, 2017
10. Shamrock Mansion
Catholic Church image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, June 28, 2017
11. Catholic Church
WWII Parade image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, June 28, 2017
12. WWII Parade
Aerial View image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, June 28, 2017
13. Aerial View
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 29, 2017, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 81 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on June 29, 2017, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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