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History Time Line of Towson, Maryland

 

 

 

1659

Baltimore County becomes a political entity that includes Harford, Carroll, and parts of Anne Arundel, Frederick, Howard, Cecil and Kent Counties.

1683

First county seat was on the Bush River. The second one was built on the Gunpowder River at Fosters Neck.

1707

Provincial Council moved it to "Taylor's Choice."

1712

Queen of England has Assembly pass Act for the Settling of the Baltimore County Court House at Joppa.

1750

William Towson builds a cabin off an Indian trail.

1768

William Towson's son Ezekiel builds the Towson Tavern. Act passed to remove the County seat to Baltimore Town.

1812

William's son Nathan fights in the Battle of Lake Erie.

1839

Union Chapel later called Epsom Chapel dedicated.

1854

February 13: Towson named County seat.

1854

October 19: corner stone laid for the County Courthouse on land donated by Dr. Grafton M. Bosley. Stone is from the Ridgely's Lime Kiln Bottom.

1857

January 5: first court held in new Courthouse.

1860

The number of free Blacks in the county exceeds the number of slaves.

1882

April 17: rail service between Baltimore and Towson was inaugurated.

1886

Towson's first bank, Towson National Bank, opens.

1915

Maryland State Normal School (Towson University) moves from downtown Baltimore and commences classes at Towson location.

1917

Towson becomes the home of Black and Decker.

1929

Towson Tavern razed.

1953

Goucher College moves to Towson.

 

 

 This list was created in 2004 by Towson Branch staff.

 


Last revised: December 6, 2012