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Mount Clare Museum House, Baltimore

#15 of 19 in Historic Sites in Baltimore
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · History Museum
Mount Clare, also known as Mount Clare Mansion and generally known today as the Mount Clare Museum House, is the oldest Colonial-era structure in the City of Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. The Georgian style of architecture plantation house exhibits a somewhat altered five-part plan. It was built on a Carroll family plantation beginning in 1763 by barrister Charles Carroll the Barrister, (1723–1783), a descendant of the last Gaelic Lords of Éile in Ireland and a distant relative of the much better-known Charles Carroll of Carrollton, (1737–1832), longest living signer of the Declaration of Independence and the richest man in America in his later years, also the layer of the Ffirst Stone of the new Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, just a short distance away in 1828.
The City of Baltimore purchased a large portion of the former estate in 1890 as its third large landscaped park. Mount Clare has been maintained by the National Society of Colonial Dames in Maryland, the local chapter of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America, since 1917. In 1970, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places and was designated a National Historic Landmark for its architecture.
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  • This house is beautifully restored and lovingly maintained. The Christmas decorations were lovely. Our guide was wonderful. The tour was interesting and informative. I would highly recommend a visit.  more »
  • Mount Clare Museum House is truly the most under appreciated historical home in Baltimore. The Carroll family history is central to the history of Maryland itself. The museum has added many new...  more »
  • Mount Clare Museum House is a gem hidden in plain site! This is one of the few historic homes in the Baltimore area I had never been to, but it is definitely worth a visit. It’s especially beautiful around Christmas when it’s all decorated for the holidays with greenery everywhere. We enjoyed the educational film and the tour from our passionate docent. There’s a cute little gift shop and the views of downtown Baltimore are amazing.
  • A great experience to learn some Baltimore history.

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