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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Bel Air, Maryland

Clickable Map of Harford County, Maryland and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Harford County, MD (202) Baltimore County, MD (326) Cecil County, MD (182) Kent County, MD (101) Lancaster County, PA (518) York County, PA (424)  HarfordCounty(202) Harford County (202)  BaltimoreCounty(326) Baltimore County (326)  CecilCounty(182) Cecil County (182)  KentCounty(101) Kent County (101)  LancasterCountyPennsylvania(518) Lancaster County (518)  YorkCounty(424) York County (424)
Bel Air is the county seat for Harford County
Bel Air is in Harford County
      Harford County (202)  
      Baltimore County (326)  
      Cecil County (182)  
      Kent County (101)  
      Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (518)  
      York County, Pennsylvania (424)  
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1 Maryland, Harford County, Bel Air — "The Door"
The open door symbolizes the heritage of religious freedom granted to the colonial citizens of Maryland by Cecil Calvert, the second Lord Baltimore in 1657. His belief in such freedom inspired Maryland to become the first colony to create a . . . Map (db m159927) HM
2 Maryland, Harford County, Bel Air — Bel AirCounty Seat of Harford County — Established 1783 —
Court House erected 1791. Burned and re-erected 1858. Enlarged 1904. Portraits of notable men born in Harford adorn court room, including Edwin Booth, who gave his first theatrical performance there.Map (db m1225) HM
3 Maryland, Harford County, Bel Air — Bel AirSouthern Sympathizers Sought
On July 31, 1861, 300 men from the 12th Pennsylvania Infantry under Capt. Daniel Leasure marched into Bel Air to arrest Southern sympathizers and confiscate weapons from local militia units. The troops halted at the courthouse square, then dispersed . . . Map (db m156302) HM
4 Maryland, Harford County, Bel Air — Built 1898 Liriodendron
A palladian-style summer home built for Dr. & Mrs. Howard A. Kelly. Now a multi-use historical cultural and educational center for Harford County. ←Map (db m159926) HM
5 Maryland, Harford County, Bel Air — Daybreak by Richard Goldsborough Brink
Commemorating the local history of the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad that traveled along this path connecting with the Spenceola CanneryCommissioned by The Harford County Cultural Arts BoardFunded through "Public Art Project Grant" Maryland . . . Map (db m96734) HM
6 Maryland, Harford County, Bel Air — Frederick Ward Parkat Reckord Armory
Throughout his life, Frederick Y. Ward (1928-2009) demonstrated a commitment to Main Street and the Town of Bel Air. He was instrumental in pioneering the revitalization of Main Street and his company, Frederick Ward Associates, has been an integral . . . Map (db m162302) HM
7 Maryland, Harford County, Bel Air — Heavenly Waters Cemetery
These crosses represent a small fraction of the people buried in this field. From the mid - 1800's through 1973, Harford County's poor, unknown and unwanted were laid to rest here.May they rest in peace.Map (db m117078) HM
8 Maryland, Harford County, Bel Air — Hendon Hill Cemetery
Hendon Hill Cemetery is the resting place of African American Citizens of Harford County. These individuals include civil war soldiers, housekeepers, laborers, children and founding members of the American Legion, Post #55 in Bel Air In . . . Map (db m187817) HM
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9 Maryland, Harford County, Bel Air — Historic Bel Air
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 . . . Map (db m104816) HM
10 Maryland, Harford County, Bel Air — Historic Bel Air
Walking Tour North (60 min) 1. Bel Air Methodist Episcopal Church, 20 North Main Street Originally constructed in 1888 using a standard catalog plan for Methodist churches, this impressive structure was transferred to the County . . . Map (db m104847) HM
11 Maryland, Harford County, Bel Air — In Grateful Recognition
In Grateful Recognition of Those Men and Women From Harford County Who Gave Their Lives in the Wartime Service of Their Country World War I Cpl Maurice L. Abbott • Pvt. James Alley • Pvt Everett F. Asher • Pvt Okey R. Chenoweth • Prv. . . . Map (db m101857) WM
12 Maryland, Harford County, Bel Air — Ma & Pa Heritage Trail
In 1994, Harford County Department of Parks & Recreation helped to found the MA & PA Heritage Trail, Inc. to revitalize the former Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad into a pedestrian greenway that will ultimately stretch from Fallston to Forest Hill.Map (db m96741) HM
13 Maryland, Harford County, Bel Air — MA & PA Heritage Trail
The History of the MA & PA Trail The MA & PA Railroad stretched between Baltimore at North Avenue & Howard Streets, on to Towson, through Long Green Valley into Harford County. It ended at Market Street in York, Pennsylvania. Even by the . . . Map (db m104553) HM
14 Maryland, Harford County, Bel Air — Ma & Pa Heritage Trail
The Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad was established in 1901. The route meandered 77 miles over 111 bridges and through 58 stations to connect Baltimore, MD and York, PA. The trail carried passengers and freight including slate products, coal, . . . Map (db m176089) HM
15 Maryland, Harford County, Bel Air — Ma & Pa Railroad
At the very spot where you're standing, Harford County's past and present converge in an exciting way! The Ma and Pa Railroad, which is short for Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad, was at one time an integral part of Harford County's . . . Map (db m97824) HM
16 Maryland, Harford County, Bel Air — MA and PA Heritage Trail
The Liriodendron mansion was built in 1898 as a summer home away from the heat of the Kellys’ Mount Vernon home. The mansion was named after the tulip poplar trees that shade the 200-acre grounds. The Kelly family lived in the mansion until the . . . Map (db m173896) HM
17 Maryland, Harford County, Bel Air — Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad
Post card image of the Bel Air station circa 1907. The 77.2 mile route of the Ma & Pa ran from Baltimore to York. While significantly longer than other railroads, the Ma & Pa passed through the center of Harford County. This is the . . . Map (db m173926) HM
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18 Maryland, Harford County, Bel Air — Medical HallTwo miles north of this point
Birthplace and home of Dr. John Archer, 1741-1810. First gradate of medicine in America, signer of the Bush Declaration March 22, 1775. Member of Congress 1802. One of the founder of the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland. Father of five . . . Map (db m1236) HM
19 Maryland, Harford County, Bel Air — Sacred to the Memory of the Men of Harford County
Sacred to the memory of the men of Harford County who made the supreme sacrifice during the World War. Corporal Maurice L. Abbott Dec. 18th, 1918 • Private James Alley Jul. 18th, 1918 • Private Everett Fred Asbury Nov. 10th, 1918 • Sergeant Major . . . Map (db m159928) WM
20 Maryland, Harford County, Bel Air — Saint Ignatius ChurchHickory, Maryland
Oldest Roman Catholic Church in continuous use in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Completed in 1792 by Sylvester Boarman, S.J., while in charge of the nearby Jesuit Mansion of St. Joseph at Priest’s Ford. Early pastors of the church served Charles . . . Map (db m1254) HM
21 Maryland, Harford County, Bel Air — Springhouse
The slate-roofed stone building at the bottom of the hill is a springhouse. It was built in the early 19th century to protect a source of drinking water for the people living in the house on the hill. Archer Hays had the house built in 1808, and the . . . Map (db m177536) HM
22 Maryland, Harford County, Bel Air — Springhouse
Solid wooden beams frame and support the slate roof The windows with louvered covers allow fresh air to circulate Sturdy shelf for items that need not be kept as cold Thick stone walls built into side of the hill protect the water source . . . Map (db m177537) HM
23 Maryland, Harford County, Bel Air — The Hays HouseBuilt 1788
One of the earliest buildings in Bel Air. Enlarged in 1814 by Thomas A. Hays (1780–1861), an attorney, landowner and entrepreneur. Moved to present location in 1960. Retains original interior features and woodwork, weatherboard and shutters.Map (db m159925) HM
24 Maryland, Harford County, Bel Air — The Norris House1914
Typical of workingmen's housing, the Norris House follows the "Shotgun" plan with the rooms in a straight line front to rear and has been designated an historic landmark by the Bel Air Historic Preservation Commission.Map (db m162311) HM
25 Maryland, Harford County, Bel Air — Tudor Hall
The home of the noted actor Junius Brutus Booth, the elder. Birthplace of his children. His son Edwin Booth was born here November 13, 1833.Map (db m1216) HM
26 Maryland, Harford County, Bel Air — Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to former Harford County Public School students who made the Ultimate Sacrifice for our countryMap (db m162297) WM
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Nov. 29, 2023