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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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  • We really enjoyed this museum. It covers some important history of Baltimore inside of a historic railroad depot. The docent, Paul Allen, was first-rate and definitely added to the overall experience.  more »
  • Most people don't know that Baltimore was where the first blood of the Civil War was shed and they would be shocked to know that Abraham Lincoln had to declare Marshall law in the city in order to tam...  more »
  • We were surprised at how small the exhibit space was. But it's packed pretty full of exhibits, mainly focussing on the Baltimore riots and the part they played in the US Civil War. The volunteer on du...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Very cute little museum, lots of interesting facts about Baltimore's history back in the Civil war era. And the gentleman volunteer staff member was very kind. Thank you!
  • CIVIL WAR MUSEUM IS OPEN!!!!!!! FREE ADMISSION 7-DAYS A WEEK MON.-SAT. 10-5 SUN.12-5 COME LEARN, REMEMBER AND COMMEMORATE BALTIMORE AND MARYLAND'S ROLE IN THE CIVIL WAR DURING THE WAR'S SESQUICENTENNIAL(150th anniversary) At President Street Station: In Feb. 1861 Newly elected President Lincoln "snuck" through Baltimore and the Station in the middle of the night under "Threat" of assassination. In April 1861 was the Starting point of the Pratt St. Riot the "First Blood shed of the Civil War" And is On the National Underground Railroad Network/Trail:Frederick Douglass,Henry "Box" Brown and the body of abolitionist John Brown. All passed through the train Station.

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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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