Baltimore County Courthouse

Separation of Baltimore City and County effective July 4, 1851. Towsontown was chosen as County Seat by popular vote February 13, 1854. The courthouse of local limestone and marble was completed in 1855 at a cost of $30,000. Enlarged in 1910, 1925, 1958.

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Baltimore County Courthouse

Hometown Hero: Nathan Towson

Nathan Towson, born 1784 in the area named for his family, served in the U.S. Army for 42 years.

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Baltimore County Courthouse

Eugene Stagmer and the Courthouse Cannon

Eugene Stagmer was Gunner’s mate on The USS Olympia, the flagship of Commodore George Dewey during the Battle of Manila Bay in the Spanish–American War in 1898. He was awarded a cannon from that ship in honor of his valor, and that cannon survives today on the lawn of the Old Courthouse.

When the cannon was installed on the courthouse lawn in 1903, a display of cannonballs was placed next to the cannon, loosely arranged in a pile. But in the mid-1930s several high school boys of Towson thought it would be great sport to take these cannonballs and have some late-night fun.

Eventually the cannonballs were permanently soldered into the pyramid we see today. It is said that one cannonball was kept by one of those young men, who willed it to his niece.

After exiting the courthouse grounds, turn right (east) on Pennsylvania Avenue. As you continue down the block, you will pass the historic Elks building on your left as you approach York Road.

Staying on the west side of York Road, turn left (north). Across the street as you make the turn note the former Baltimore County Bank building on the corner, now a law office.

As you go north on York, the historic Odd Fellows building is about mid-block.

As you approach the traffic circle, stay to the left and cross Allegheny Avenue in the crosswalk, leading you into Olympic Park.

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