Thursday, May 2, 2013
Here's a photo of Vincent's Dahlia Farm on Ebenezer Road.
This week's vintage photo comes from Vincent's Dahlia Farm in White Marsh. Located on Ebenezer Road, Vincent Farm Elementary may have been its namesake (can a reader confirm?). This picture, from the Baltimore County Public Library archives, was taken sometime around World War I, according to their database. The farm was opened by Richard Vincent Jr. in New Jersey in the 1850s, then he relocated to the Baltimore area in 1862, then to Ebenezer Road in 1869. The farm continued operating until the 1930s.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Here's a photo from the county library archives.
May Day isn't that often celebrated in the United States as it once was. But here's a photo from such a celebration at Perry Hall Elementary School in 1957, from the Baltimore County Public Library archives. Do you have a story about vintage Perry Hall? Share in the comments.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Check out this historical photograph, courtesy of the Baltimore County Public Library.
Most everyone knows that April 1 is April Fool's Day; did you know that May 1 is also a holiday? May Day celebrations were common in Perry Hall as recently as the late 1950's, as shown in this photograph from 1958. Children are seated around two maypoles, holding ribbons in front of Perry Hall Elementary School, according to an entry in the Baltimore County Public Library catalog. The tradition of wrapping a maypole is German in origin, and as Perry Hall history buffs will know, the Perry Hall area was once called Germantown. In fact, columnist Jeffrey Smith wrote about Perry Hall's German heritage in a column back in 2011. Do you have an interesting bit of Perry Hall history to share? Tell us in the comments or email editor Nick Gestido (…
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Check out this historic photograph, courtesy of the Baltimore County Public Library.
This photograph, which predates the turn of the 20th century, shows a blacksmith's shop on Belair Road in Perry Hall. Taken in 1890, the photo shows a group of men outside Pillhofer's Blacksmith Shop, which was located in the 9600 block of Belair Road, according to an entry in the Baltimore County Public Library's catalog. The catalog also says that owner John Pillhofer owned over 48 acres of land in the Perry Hall area. The former blacksmith site was sold in 1912 to the Dietz family. A Maryland Historical Trust document, attached to this article, details the history of the property.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The organization informed the Perry Hall Manor neighborhood about planned mansion renovations.
While the Perry Hall Mansion, built in the 1770s, currently hosts just a handful of small public events per year, neighbors shared concerns that larger events and future renovations could disrupt the quiet Perry Hall Manor community. The Historic Perry Hall Mansion board of directors addressed these concerns during a general membership meeting Wednesday evening at St. Michael Lutheran Church in Perry Hall. Led by board administrative director Jeffrey Smith, the meeting included the following highlights: Find additional information from the meeting in the live blog below. Meeting updates were recorded live. 7:04 p.m. Board administrative director Jeffrey Smith opened the meeting. Some board members, including Sean Kief, author of the …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
A general membership meeting is planned Wednesday at St. Michael Lutheran Church.
Wondering how to volunteer with interior renovations to the Perry Hall Mansion? Looking to purchase the new book about the mansion's history? The Historic Perry Hall Mansion board has planned a general membership meeting on Feb. 6, starting at 7 p.m. on the second floor of St. Michael Lutheran Church at 9534 Belair Rd. All are welcome to attend. Patch plans to live blog the meeting. The meeting is expected to focus on plans for renovations in 2013 and the potential for a lease of the landmark from Baltimore County to the organization, according to board administrative director Jeffrey Smith. The meeting will also offer attendees a preview of "Perry Hall Mansion," an Images of America book through Arcadia Publishing, written and compiled…
Monday, September 10, 2012
Library manager Darcy Cahill has been transferred from Perry Hall to Cockeysville.
Officials broke ground on the new Perry Hall Library in May 2008, at the time, just a dirt-filled lot along Honeygo Boulevard. Darcy Cahill, then-manager of the Randallstown Library, vividly remembers the day. "It was such a wonderful event with a reception afterward in the little, old Perry Hall Library, and the thought came to me, 'I wonder if I will ever be lucky enough to work in this branch,'" Cahill said. Months later, Cahill was transferred to Perry Hall to lead the library's opening and introduction to the community. "It truly was a dream come true," she said. But after more than three years as Perry Hall's manager, Cahill is moving on to a new challenge. On Monday, she started her post as manager of the Cockeysville branch—the …
Friday, August 10, 2012
A photographic history of the Perry Hall Mansion is slated to be published in March 2013.
A book cataloging the families, artifacts, photos and historical events associated with the Perry Hall Mansion is just months away from distribution. Co-authors and community volunteers, Sean Kief and Jeffrey Smith, have released an advance image of its cover—recently approved by Arcadia Publishing for its Images of America series. Read more about preparations for the book in the article, Perry Hall Mansion History Book Prepped for National Publisher. Tell us what interests you most about the mansion's history in the comments.
A book detailing the mansion's photographic history could be distributed by March 2013.
Perry Hall's most significant historic landmark is also its most elusive—hidden behind trees and locked behind a chain-link fence. An upcoming book, however, seeks to offer an unprecedented glimpse into the Perry Hall Mansion's storied past. Co-authors Sean Kief and Jeffrey Smith are working to complete preparations for an Images of America book through Arcadia Publishing. Images of paintings, artifacts and photos—along with a corresponding narrative of captions—are due to the publisher by Sept. 11. The finished paperback book could hit Amazon, local bookstores and the mansion's gift shop by March 2013. Find an advance image of the book's cover here on Patch. "A lot of people in Perry Hall grew up with this mystery of the Perry Hall …