Towson Tavern Site

The tour can be completed at a leisurely pace in about an hour. We begin in front of the re-imagined Towson Tavern with a sign picturing this section of road with the original Towson Tavern.

As a crossroads center and later as a courthouse town, Towson has been a gathering spot for over 200 years. During that time there have been several inns and hotels in the town, and for most of that long period there was a tavern and hotel on this particular spot. A stone building known as the “Towson Hotel” stood on this site until 1929, although it is believed to have contained a much older structure built by the Towson Brothers in the 1760s. A 1768 court document mentions that Ezekiel Towson’s stone tavern was “an inn well prepared to serve travelers.” The success of the tavern grew in 1799, when York Road was turned into a major turnpike for travelers from Pennsylvania to Baltimore.

The tavern is survived only by a few photographs and the boundaries of its large lot, which give the east side of this block its unusual shape.

Both the Towson Tavern and the Bosley Hotel can be seen behind the old firehouse. The event is the 1910 Fourth of July Parade sponsored by the volunteer fire company, a tradition that continues today now sponsored by the Towson Chamber of Commerce. Photo by E.T. Kenney. Photo courtesy of Baltimore County Public Library collection.

Towson Tavern site
Towson Tavern site

Just in front of you as you continue north is the Wayside Cross, a memorial to our World War I casualties.

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