Historic Jonestown

Contact Information

  • c/o Carroll Museums
  • 800 E. Lombard Street
  • Baltimore, MD 21202
  • (P) 410-605-2964
  • www.heritagewalk.org

About Us

Jonestown’s streetscapes tell an epic story of urban change and diversity. Founded in 1732, Jones Town consolidated with Baltimore in 1745. At first the home to wealthy resident, in the 19th century, it became a port-of-entry neighborhood for immigrants seeking opportunity — especially East European and Jews, who established its largest and enduring ethnic community. With urban renewal in the mid-20th century, Jonestown’s tenements gave way to massive public high-rise. These were demolished by century’s end, to be replace by new, mixed-income housing modeled on traditional Baltimore row houses.

What remains to tell the tale of Jonestown’s past? Plenty. The early 19th century home of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, once the wealthiest man in America. The house where Mary Pickersgill sewed the flag that became the Star-Spangled Banner. Landmark churches and synagogues, from the city’s oldest religious building (the Friends Meeting House) to the nation’s third oldest surviving synagogue (the Lloyd Street Synagogue) to St. Vincent’s Church, an island of stability that finds innovative ways to serve each generation. And soaring above them all, the Shot Tower, Baltimore icon and symbol of Jonestown’s industrial heritage. If that’s not enough, these landmarks recently welcomed to the neighborhood the East Coast’s largest museum of African American heritage.

Jonestown’s wealth of historical and cultural attractions, combined with its modern-yet-traditional housing, demonstrate that a neighborhood can build on the past to rejuvenate itself. Come see our renaissance first-hand!