"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

September 26, 2012

Sept. 25 - Baltimore, MD

Henderson's Wharf Marina

I know it seems like we’ve been in Baltimore forever to anyone following the blog, but it’s a great place to just hang out and have fun with other boaters…especially at Henderson’s Marina and Fell’s Point.

Henderson’s Wharf Marina is in a neighborhood of Baltimore known as Fell’s Point. It’s history started long before Baltimore became a city and is one of the country’s oldest ports. The town of Fell’s Point was founded in 1730 by William Fell and became a major port and shipbuilding center. In 1797, the town combined with Baltimore Town and Jones Town to form the city of Baltimore. Fells Point's prosperity continued as immigrants flowed to the area to fill the jobs quickly being created in the shipyards, warehouses and factories. However, the professional class moved north to higher ground, leaving behind the more diverse working class, which made up the multicultural fabric of this area. You can still find pockets of these ethnic groups through out Fell’s Point in Little Italy, Spanish Town and the Polish area east of town.

The Belgian block streets of Fell's Point lend to its unique historic character, which attracts many tourists and businesses to the area. Today Fell's Point is home to a variety of shops, restaurants, coffee bars, music stores, and over 120 pubs. Located on the harbor and famous for its maritime past, it now boasts the greatest concentration of pubs/bars in the city. I think you could stay here all year and not be able to check out all the deals they have at these great places. Today was just an ordinary day…certainly not blog worthy. I had my hair cut at a little shop on Eastern Avenue, and then we had happy hour on the Lisa Morgan with Dave, Karen, Pam and Donny. The LisaMorgan is a 1983 DeFever 41, and looks just like our boat on the inside…just a little bigger. We then went back to Kooper’s for their Tuesday night burger special. The following pictures show you what our neighborhood in Fell's Point looks like.

Looking up Fell Street from the marina
Looking down Fell Street towards the marina
Thames Street
Kooper's Tavern
Broadway Market
Homes in Fell's Point
Broadway and Thames Street
The intersection of Ann, Fell and Thames Streets (looking west)
The intersection of Ann, Fell and Thames Streets (looking south). If you head down this street you get to Henderson's Wharf Marina.

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