Discover Historic Jonestown

As we celebrate 175 years of the Lloyd Street Synagogue, we also celebrate the neighborhood the synagogue is located in. Jonestown, or Historic Jonestown, is an area east of the Inner Harbor and north of Fells Point. This area, the oldest neighborhood in Baltimore, is filled with historic sites and stories, originating in 1661 when an English settler, David Jones, made his home here.

Since then, Jonestown is home to a lot of Maryland and Baltimore history, especially Jewish history. We have just a few historic sites and current organizations that we want to highlight as part of this post. To learn more about these places, visit their websites or check out our Discover the Lloyd Street Synagogue digital tour! You can reserve this tour for a group by filling out this online form.

Carroll Mansion
800 E Lombard Street

The Carroll Mansion, a four-story brick building in the colonial style.
The Carroll Mansion, a classic colonial-style building, was built in 1811.

Carroll Mansion is named for Charles Carroll, who was the longest-surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence, and a prominent member of the neighborhood. This three-story building has been preserved and now operates as an inn!

Phoenix Shot Tower
801 E Fayette Street

The Shot Tower, a very tall, cylindrical, brick building.
A photo of the Phoenix Shot Tower, a tall, cylindrical, brick building. Its unique shape is due to the process of making shot using a tall building.

The Phoenix Shot Tower is a prominent landmark in East Baltimore and is the only surviving shot tower in Baltimore. When it was completed in 1828, at 215 feet tall, it was the highest structure in the US at the time.

Star-Spangled Flag House
844 E Pratt Street

The Star-Spangled Flag House, a three story brick building in the colonial style.
The Star-Spangled Flag House, always a great place to celebrate Flag Day!

Discover the inspiration for the national anthem, and the craftswoman behind the Star-Spangled banner, at the Flag House, a National Historic Landmark.

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture
830 E Pratt Street

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum, a large, modern and abstract building with yellow and red accent colors.
The Lewis Museum has a huge collection of documents, objects, and stories about African American life in Maryland and Baltimore.

“The Lewis Museum, the largest African American museum in Maryland, has been the authentic voice of Maryland African American history and culture since it opened in 2005. We tell our story through our permanent collection, special exhibitions, educational programs and public events.”

The McKim Center
1120 E Baltimore Street

A black and white photo of the McKim Center, a Greek-style building with columns on the front.
The McKim Center, photo taken in 1964 by John McGrain. JMM 1995.187.022

McKim Center has stood for almost 200 years in Jonestown, serving as a place of worship, for community gatherings, and for youth programming.

Ronald McDonald House Charities Maryland
1 Aisquith Street

The Ronald McDonald house, a very large building, with a large red heart on the roof.
The Ronald McDonald House, located right around the corner from JMM. We remember the day the giant heart went up on the roof!

With the newly renovated Ronald McDonald house, family members who are taking care of their children have a place to stay, helping them to focus on caring for those undergoing treatment at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

 Helping Up Mission
1029 E Baltimore St

The facades of buildings on East Baltimore Street, which Helping Up Mission occupies.
Helping Up Mission’s offices are actually in historic buildings that use to hold the Jewish Educational Alliance!

“Helping Up Mission provides hope to people experiencing homelessness, poverty or addiction by meeting their physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs.”

National Aquarium Animal Care and Rescue Center
901 E Fayette St

The Animal Care and Rescue Center, a squat brick building with brightly painted shapes on two sides.
This brightly painted building is always a sight on Baltimore Street.

“The Animal Care and Rescue Center, opened in 2018, provides a headquarters for National Aquarium Animal Rescue and houses innovative rehabilitation suites for rescued seals.”

This blog series is shared as part of our year-long 175th Lloyd Street Synagogue anniversary celebrations. Keep an eye out for next month’s addition! Interested in learning more about the Lloyd Street Synagogue? Visit JMM to see our temporary lobby exhibit The Lloyd Street Synagogue at 175.

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