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Images of America: Fell's PointImages of America: Fell's Point

by Jacqueline Greff, published by Arcadia Publishing

About the Book

Fell's Point, Baltimore’s original deep-water port, was founded in 1726 by William Fell, a shipbuilder from England. The community's shipyards developed the famed Baltimore Clippers; built two of the first ships in the USNavy, the USS Constellation and the USS Enterprise; and financed the privateers that helped win the War of 1812.


In the late 19th century, Baltimore was second only to Ellis Island as an entry port for European immigrants, many of whom initially settled in Fell's Point. When the Great Fire of 1904 swept through Baltimore, Fell's Point was the only historic neighborhood that survived. In the 1960s fight to keep from being demolished for an expressway, Fell's Point became Maryland’s first district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today in Fell's Point, cultures, lifestyles, and generations mingle in a romantic seaport setting accented by working tugboats, cobblestone streets, tiny brick rowhouses, and a dazzling variety of bars, restaurants, shops and coffeehouses.

Images of America: Fell's Point includes histories of famous places reinvented through time, such as Brown’s Wharf and the Robert Long House, and influential people, such as Frederick Douglass and Senator Barbara Mikulski. Producer, author and long-time resident Jacqueline Greff captures Fell's Point’s story using archival photographs, paintings, and maps, as well as snapshots and tales contributed by those who reflect the community’s character.

The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title represents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the presrvation of local heritage, making history available to all.

Sample photos from book

  • Fell's Prospect 1775 (Eney)

  • 700 S. Broadway 1912

  • Broadway Market 1930

  • Horse-Drawn Railroading

  • Arial view of Downtown

  • Polish Immigrants at Locust Point

  • Woman on pier

  • Hecht Bros 1950s

  • Bond & Thames, 1970's

  • Broadway Festival 1971

  • Fell Festival 1971

  • Tugs, May 1972

  • Public Comfort Station, 1972

  • Road Planning Meeting 1975

  • Arial shots of terminal, 1980

  • Levering Coffee House

  • Allied Chemical

  • Foundry

  • Anchorage Building

  • Most Obscure Oddest Railroad

  • Baking Cookies

  • Old Broadway Pier & Brown's Wharf, 1980

  • Henderson's Wharf before renovation

  • Steve Bunker's Shop, 1980

  • Trains

  • Trains

  • EKlaus

  • Knapp

  • 1534 Fleet

  • 1600 Shakespeare

  • Thames Street, Orpheum, 2002

  • Fell's Point Tugs 2003

  • Thames Street Water Taxis

  • Helicopter view of Henderson's Marina, ~2004

  • Tug from Rec Pier Roof

  • Digging out Lancaster

  • Dozers Dig Snow

  • Frozen Harbor, tugs & gulls

  • PJ Trautwein, Geoffrey Footner, Ellen VonKarajan & Bob Eney

  • Robert Long House after Hurricane Isabel

  • Reenactors On Parade