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Civil War Museum, Baltimore

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The President Street Station in Baltimore, Maryland, is a former train station. Built in 1850, the station was an important rail transportation link during the Civil War. Today, it is the oldest surviving big-city railroad terminal in the United States and is home to the Baltimore Civil War Museum.HistoryThe Baltimore and Port Deposit Rail Road (B&PD), founded in 1832, completed a rail line from Baltimore to the western shore of the Susquehanna River in 1837. The railroad’s Baltimore terminus was on the east side of the "Basin," now known as the Inner Harbor, at the southern end of President Street. The B&PD exchanged freight cars with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O), which had built a track (along Pratt Street) to the east Basin area from its original Mount Clare depot on the western side of the business district. The B&PD and its successor company, the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad (PW&B), transferred passengers to the B&O downtown depot at Pratt and Charles streets by a horse-drawn car on B&O's connecting track. (The city prohibited the operation of locomotives on this track.) By 1838, the PW&B was carrying passengers from Philadelphia to Baltimore, where they could transfer to the B&O and continue to Washington, D.C.
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  • This is not an enormous space but packs in a lot of information, as well as an important reminder just how involved Maryland and Baltimore were in the Civil War. I highly recommend a visit, you will a...  more »
  • It’s a small building on the edge of Little Italy. But if you appreciate history and want to spend sometime reading, this is a great place to do so. <30 mins to an hour.  more »
  • I stumbled across this Museum by accident in while walking near "Little Italy" but it was a a fortunate discovery. While a small museum, it is packed with information about Baltimore in the Civil War ...  more »
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  • Small, but informative of facts that may be glossed over in the bigger Civil War lessons. Worth the time to learn more about the early days of the War and Baltimore's role.
  • Small but interesting. Has info not found elsewhere.
  • Great place to bring kid's too
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  • Great museum detailing Baltimore Civil War history. The museum is run by volunteers and only has a $3 cover charge.

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For quick and easy access to practically all of Baltimore's major attractionswhile on holiday, follow the example of most tourists and stay near the Inner Harbor neighborhood. Few cities boast such a well-defined tourist district, it shouldn't come as a surprise that all the major chain hotels in the city are located right in this busy neighborhood. If you prefer to stay in a quieter area offering a bit more local character, consider one of the city's outlying districts, offering affordable accommodations and plenty of dining and shopping options.
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