Seton Hill & Lexington Market Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Seton Hill is easy to miss; because it sits in a pocket to the southeast of the major Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and is bracketed by busy streets all around (US 40, Pennsylvania Ave., Druid Hill Ave., N. Paca St., and N. Eutaw St.), most people speed by without knowing much about the extraordinary history just down the side streets. Seton Hill dates to the 18th century and was once known as the city’s French Quarter for serving as the home of the Parisian priests of the Order of St. Sulpice. This short walk takes in the little enclave’s major historical points, full of American firsts: first Catholic seminary, home of the first Americanborn Catholic saint, first free school for girls, first neo-Gothic architecture. Seton Hill is also home to a historic church that once served as a stop on the Underground Railroad and barely survived the wrecker’s ball. And nearby is the country’s longest continuously operating market, dating back to 1782. Additionally, Seton Hill showcases some of Baltimore’s oldest intact row homes. It’s little wonder that the entire neighborhood has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places."