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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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  • July 3, 2017
    Focusing mainly on the events of the 1861 riot in Baltimore that was triggered by the passage of Union troops through the city, and on the subsequent Union military occupation of the city, and also fe...  more »
  • April 25, 2017
    The Baltimore Civil War Museum is a must stop for any "Civil War Buff" who visits Baltimore. The volunteers who greet You at the front door and work the Museum are very friendly, The Museum only asks ...  more »
  • April 3, 2017
    The museum tells the story of Baltimore in the Civil War - where the Civil War actually began and where President Lincoln arrived secretly to evade capture. The guides (especially Paul) are very infor...  more »
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  • June 11, 2017
    Great place to bring kid's too
  • March 13, 2017
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  • June 7, 2016
    Great museum detailing Baltimore Civil War history. The museum is run by volunteers and only has a $3 cover charge.
  • February 9, 2015
    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!
  • May 1, 2011
    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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