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


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By Devry Becker Jones, August 2, 2019
1. Tivoli Marker
Inscription.  "There's no use going in there, brother. You won't get a damned crust." Thus was Enoch Pratt, a leading 19th century capitalist and philanthropist, warned away from his own estate by an irate tramp. Although famous for his lucrative involvement in railroads, canals, banks and insurance companies, the Massachusetts-born Pratt also enjoyed a reputation as a tightwad. This estate, named by him "Tivoli," is said to be unique among his ventures in that it yielded no profit.

Pratt purchased Tivoli in 1870 as a summer residence. He was in good company, among fellow New Englanders who suffered unpopularity during the difficult years of Reconstruction. They formed a congenial colony in the countryside near "Govanstown," then a two-hour ride from town. Tivoli is one of the few estates to survive from that era. It was built in 1855 in a local version of the Italianate style and once included sections of several colonial plantations, forest and rolling farmland.

Pratt died at Tivoli on September 17, 1896. In 1899, the estate was sold to the A.S. Abell family, publishers of the Sunpapers and owners of an adjoining estate. Since
Tivoli image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, August 2, 2019
2. Tivoli
1925, Tivoli has housed Woodbourne, a residential treatment center for troubled adolescents. Established in 1798 as the "Female Humane Association," it was one of the earliest children's institutions in the country.
Erected by Woodbourne, Sponsor; First Maryland Foundation, Sponsor; William Donald Schaefer, Mayor.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Baltimore City historical markers marker series.
Location. 39° 21.206′ N, 76° 35.546′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from Woodbourne Avenue east of Purdue Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1301 Woodbourne Avenue, Baltimore MD 21239, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Saint Mary's World Wars I and II Memorial (approx. one mile away); Roll of Honor (approx. one mile away); Taylor’s Chapel (approx. 1.1 miles away); Montebello (approx. 1˝ miles away); Memorial Field at the Y (approx. 1.7 miles away); Cal Ripken, Sr. (approx. 1.7 miles away); Eastern High School Monument (approx. 1.8 miles away); World War I Peace Cross Memorial (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 3, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 129 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 3, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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