Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Gwynns Falls Valley
From Work to Play
By 1900, the Gwynns Falls’ industries were moving away. Baltimore’s Municipal Art Society hired the Olmsted Brothers, famous landscape architects, to plan a farsighted regional park system including many of Baltimore’s stream valleys. The Ellicott Driveway, opened on the old millrace during the First World War, brought motorists, bikers and hikers back to nature, as the Olmsteds envisioned. Almost a hundred years later, leisure travelers on the Historic National Road can connect with the old “Driveway,” now a part of the 15-mile Gwynns Falls Trail. The park is now living up to its century-old promise to put hikers and bikers on old roads.
Erected by America's Byways.
Marker series. The Historic National Road marker series.
Location. 39° 16.913′ N, 76° 39.573′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from Frederick Avenue (Maryland Route 144), on the right when traveling west. Located at Gwynns Falls Park Trailhead. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21223, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ellicott Flour Mills (here, next to this marker); Gwynns Falls Park at Frederick Avenue (a few steps from this marker); Rowhouses: a Baltimore Tradition (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mt. Olivet Cemetery (approx. Ľ mile away); Early Industries (approx. 0.3 miles away); World War II Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Gwynns Falls Park at Wilkens Avenue (approx. 0.4 miles away); Early Transportation Routes (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
More about this marker. On the lower left is a photo captioned, "At the Fall Line between the Piedmont Plateau and the Coastal Plain, the Gwynns Falls features beautiful scenery and awesome water power."
In the lower center is a "View of industry along the Gwynns Falls in the beginning of the twentieth century."
On the lower right is a photo of "Hikers enjoy a day out on the Ellicott Driveway around 1915."
The background of the marker is "National Road at Fairview Inn" which is the standard for markers in this series. An elevation diagram of the national road is displayed on the bottom of the marker's face.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 24, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,425 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 24, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.