The Ages Play a Symphony of Sounds in the Patapsco Valley Heritage Area

The history of Maryland flows with the Patapsco River. Commerce, industry, agriculture, warfare and conservation have played parts in the pageant along this river’s course. Past days echoed with now unfamiliar sounds: war shouts of the Susquehannocks; rasping of adzes and chisels shaping ships from hard oaks; roaring of iron furnaces; creaking of hogsheads on rolling roads, repeated chopping of the woodsman’s ax; tramping of colonial and Civil War troops; clanging of iron works; blasts of bombs bursting above a fort, inspiring our National Anthem; groaning of mills, whirring of looms, and the metallic song of steel wheels on steel rails.

In describing his early adventures up the Patapsco River, Captain John Smith wrote,”Heaven and earth never agreed better to frame a place for man’s habitation.”

Follow the Patapsco River west from Baltimore, Maryland and discover where America’s industrial revolution took shape. For more than 200 years this river valley has given rise to historic events and scientific advances that transformed the State and the Nation.

… from the industrious Ellicott Brothers and other settlers who harnessed the river’s falls into power for America’s earliest mills, to the origins of the Historic National Road that moved the country westward.

…from a nationally renowned educational institute for girls, to the scientific genius of a free black mathematician who helped layout the streets of Washington D.C.

…from the national landmark structures and architectural wonders of early railroading might, to the ambitious conservation efforts that ultimately resulted in Maryland’s first State Park .

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Preserve. Protect. Interpret. Restore

The Patapsco Heritage Greenway, Inc. is dedicated to preserving, protecting, interpreting and restoring the environment, history and culture of the Patapsco Valley between Daniels and Elkridge, Maryland.

Natural processes, natural beauty, and history combine to create a unique opportunity for neighboring residents and visitors from across the state and beyond, to understand and enjoy Maryland’s most dramatic river valley. Through the efforts of many partners, the public appreciates the significance of the valley’s heritage, understands its history, and enjoys the experience it has to offer.