Baltimore, MD, boasts a colorful fire history. In fact, the Baltimore Convention Center sits just two blocks south of "ground zero" of the devastating "Great Fire of 1904," a blaze that gutted the entire downtown. Maryland was founded as a religious refuge in 1634 by George Calvert and his...
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The Baltimore, MD, area is home to two noteworthy fire museums. The Fire Museum of the Baltimore Equitable Society, at 21 North Eutaw St., is a 10-minute walk from the Inner Harbor. Featuring artifacts from the city's rough-and-tumble 19th century, the museum is open Monday through Friday, 9 A.M.-4 P.M. (telephone 410-727-1794).
The Fire Museum of Maryland, housing a more comprehensive collection of apparatus, is at 1301 York Road in Lutherville, MD, about 20 minutes by car from the Baltimore Convention Center. Hours are Monday through Saturday 11 A.M.-4 P.M. and Sunday 1-5 P.M. (410-321-7500). On July 27 from 5:30 to 8:30 P.M., the museum will host "Baltimore County Night," sponsored by three local fire organizations. Free shuttle buses will run to and from the convention center and light refreshments will be served.