Fells Point Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This part of Baltimore has been around for a while. Yes, Old Town and Jonestown are older, but they would be unrecognizable to a time traveler from the 18th century. Much of Fells Point, on the other hand, looks very much like it did a couple of centuries ago. The entire neighborhood is a National Historic District, with more than 160 individual buildings on the National Register. The Englishman William Fell was a speculator on the prowl for good shipbuilding land when he made his purchase in 1726, naming it Fell’s Prospect. His son Edward began laying out the streets, giving them names that reminded him of the mother country. Eventually, Edward sold off plots of land, and by 1763 the area known as Fells Point was born; it was incorporated into Baltimore-Town in 1773. In addition to that colonial history, Fells Point possesses sites important to Frederick Douglass, for my money one of the most extraordinary humans this country has ever produced. But if all this history and colonial beauty isn’t enough for you, Fells Point also happens to have some of Baltimore’s best bars and restaurants. And if Latin food is your thing, Upper Fells Point is the place to be. It’s little wonder that after the Inner Harbor, Fells Point is probably Baltimore’s next stop for out-oftowners. But a walk here also has the power to remind locals why they do (or should) love this city. Every October, more than half a million people descend on the neighborhood for the Fells Point Fun Festival, held annually for almost 50 years now. The Annual Historic Harbor House Tour of Fells Point has been held every Mother’s Day for almost as long. It’s a great opportunity to see inside some of these colonial beauties. And, of course, there are several commercial ghost tours of Fells Point. Indeed, this neighborhood, with its long history of brothels and bars, is haunted by several ghosts. Fells Point is several worlds in one, all of them a treat."