Beaver Dam Swimming Club, Cockeysville

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Beaver Dam is a flooded marble quarry in Cockeysville, MD that has been used as a swimming location since the 1930s. Currently, a 30-acre swim club is located there with two swimming pools, a volleyball court, picnic tables and grills, a creek, and snack house. The 40 foot deep freshwater quarry has floating platforms, two rolling logs, diving and jumping platforms, and a rope swing.The quarry began operation in the 19th century and much of the labor was that of Irish immigrants using hand drills, hammers and chisels. In 1878, Hugh Sisson acquired the property and began using the latest equipment available: steam powered derricks, shovels, and diamond bit drills. Stone was loaded onto wagons and pulled by oxen to the nearby Northern Central Railway in Cockeysville until the quarry site itself was connected to the rail in 1866. The dolomitic marble, known to geologists as the Cockeysville Marble, from the quarry was used widely within the eastern United States, including the Washington Monument in Baltimore and the one in Washington, D.C.Beaver Dam has been the site of injuries and drownings, including a prominent incident in 2001.
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  • I've lived in Maryland my whole life and never heard of Beaver Dam. I took my four kids to celebrate a teen friends birthday. Knowing it was $17, my initial plan was to drive in, take a look, drop the...  more »
  • Interesting place; if you want to grill you have to bring your own charcoal. Plenty of picnic tables and grills. This place is known for their natural quarry swimming hole, where kids can use a rope t...  more »
  • There is something here for all ages. They have a desperate baby/kiddy pool. The quarry has multiple areas for swimming, sitting on the floating docks, jumping off rocks, swinging off the rope swing, ...  more »
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