Explore Mount Vernon!
Mount Vernon, one of Baltimore's grandest neighborhoods, has many architecturally significant buildings within walking distance. One can enjoy several walking tours in the Mount Vernon area, which are highlighted below. We also provide a list of books for those who wish to be self-guided.
We are presently working on developing a virtual tour of Mount Vernon's beautiful homes and an iPod walking tour. There will be more to come on this in the future!
Walking Tours of Mount Vernon Churches
On February 5th 2006, the Mount Vernon Cultural District (MVCD) inaugurated its Walking Tours of Mount Vernon Churches. Four different tours are offered, with locations rotating weekly. Participants rotate among the churches on their own and are met at each church by trained docents who give a guided tour. The tours, which are offered every Sunday from May through October and start at 12:30 PM, are free and open to the public.
Mount Vernon Place Walking Tour
The Mount Vernon Cultural District (MVCD) offers The Mount Vernon Place Walking Tour. Take a 100-year trip through Baltimore's history and discover Mount Vernon's diverse and fascinating architecture.
The tour begins in the lobby of the Peabody Court Hotel located at 612 Cathedral Street after 10 AM on Saturday mornings. The price is $10 per person. The tour, which is guided and takes 1 ½ hours, requires a reservation. To make a reservation, call (410) 889-0894 (preferably between 4-6 PM). Group tours of 10 or more can be scheduled. For more information, please click here.
For those interested in leisurely walking around the neighborhood and discovering its beautiful architecture and rich history, the following books can be helpful guides:
- Historic Baltimore: Twelve Walking Tours of Downtown, Fells Point, Locust Point, Federal Hill and Mount Clare by Priscilla Miles. Includes a section on Mount Vernon
- Walking in Baltimore: An Intimate Guide to the Old City by Frank R., Jr. Shivers. Includes a section on Mount Vernon
In addition, the MVCD also has an Audio Tour of Mount Vernon Place. For more details, please click here.
Holly Tour Remembrance 2009 – Mount Vernon’s Historical Homes, Churches and Buildings
The Friends of Mount Vernon Place cordially invite you to join us for the Holly Tour Remembrance 2009, a special cocktail reception at the historic Mount Vernon Club on December 16th from 6:00 ‘till 8:00 pm. Mingle with friends, enjoy the holiday music and light fare, and reminisce as you leisurely view photographs from Holly Tours past from a private collection. Admission is $35 and all proceeds will be used to maintain the Mount Vernon Place Parks until the newly established Conservancy assumes this role. Cocktail attire is requested and there will be a cash bar. Please visit the “Events Page” at our website www.FriendsofMountVernonPlace.org for ticket purchase details. Happy Holidays!
The Holly Tour Remembrance 2009 is sponsored by the Friends of Mount Vernon Place, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to the maintenance and revitalization of Mount Vernon’s four European-style parks, the centerpiece of which is the nation’s first monument to George Washington, built in 1815.
*Please note that the format for the Holly Tour Remembrance 2009 is a cocktail reception, not a walking tour as in years past. We hope to resume the walking tour format in 2010. Thank you for your ongoing support of the Friends of Mount Vernon Place and the Holly Tour.
The Garrett-Jacobs Mansion
11 W. Mt. Vernon Place
This brownstone manor was once the home of Mary Garrett-Jacobs, the undisputed Grand Dame of Baltimore Society. When it was constructed, it was the second largest private home in the U.S. In fact, only the White House was larger. Today, the Mansion is the home of The Engineers Club. To learn about the mansion's history, take a virtual tour or obtain tour information, please click here or call (410) 539-6914.
Washington Monument and Museum at Mount Vernon Place
699 North Charles Street
(410) 396-1049 or (410) 396-0929
Visit Baltimore's 19th-century Washington Monument, the first memorial erected in the United States to honor our nation's first President and Commander-in-Chief George Washington.
Visit the museum and walk up the 228 steps to catch a beautiful view of the city. The Monument is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. It is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and public holidays.