Shealey Family Cemetery

Designated a Baltimore County Landmark in 2006, this burial ground is the final resting place of the Towson, Schmuck and Shealey families who helped found the area now known as Towson. Ezekiel Towson established Towson’s Tavern in 1768 at York and Joppa roads which was likely selected due to the amount of business traffic between Pennsylvania, Baltimore and the early County seat at Joppa. Several generations of the extended family would continue to live and work in Towson until the end of the 19th century, the same time as the last family burial. In 1996, an investigation led by archaeologists helped determine that the cemetery contained 18 graves although the only headstone now visible belongs to Ezekiel Towson’s daughter, Catharine Towson Schmuck (1767-1834). The inscription reads:

Here lies CATHARINE SCHMUCK, wife of Salomon Schmuck, who was born November 30th 1767, and died the 20th of December 1834.

The family was offered the opportunity to move these remains to Prospect Hill Cemetery (our last stop on the tour), but chose to honor the family history in this location along the former Shealy Avenue in spite of, or because of, the changes around this plot.

Shealey Cemetery

A few short steps bring you to Virginia Avenue. Pause for a moment and note the two historic stone buildings (512-514 Virginia Avenue and 518 Virginia Avenue) that have survived with new uses.

Turn left on Virginia, returning to Joppa Road where you will turn right (east). As you walk this section of Joppa, look northward. All of the land you see was once part of the Hampton Mansion estate.

Our next stop is the intersection of Joppa Road and Fairmount Avenue, where you will find a sign to learn about Black & Decker, a tool industry innovator and leader.

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