The 10 signs located throughout the CCBC Catonsville campus tell the stories of people who once lived and labored there. From the 1600s through the early 1900s, this campus and surrounding area was the center of various businesses ranging from iron works, tobacco cultivation, horse breeding and training, and dairy farming. The success of these endeavors often rested on the backs of people of color. CCBC is dedicated to promoting Maryland’s diverse history and culture by presenting the stories of people who are often ignored by traditional media. Every effort was made to include the variety of activities over time that are part of the rich heritage of this land. Below are the recordings that accompany each sign on campus. The CCBC Historical Signage Project was made possible by the following individuals: layout and design by Jackie McTear, CCBC Senior Designer; historical content by Michelle Diane Wright, CCBC History and Africana Studies professor; installation oversight by Joan Swiston, former Catonsville campus director; and interpretive writing by Heather Helm, independent writer.
As you drive up the hill to visit the CCBC Catonsville campus, the first structure you will notice is the Hilton Mansion. The first historical sign on the campus is located in front of the mansion in Parking Lot 1. The sign is located at what is considered to be the back of the building.
Following the map, walk away from the mansion and make a left just past the Continuing Education building. You will see what is referred to as the Tudor House Complex and two signs mark this location. Architect Robert Cary Long, Jr. designed this complex of buildings in 1852.
Following the map, head back to Parking Lot #1 and make a left, and walk up the hill towards the stone arch. This marker celebrates Remus Adams, a free Black blacksmith in Catonsville. He was on contract with the Glenn Family at the Hilton Estate . Note also the stone arch and cistern.
Continue your stroll through the arch, and make your way towards the clock tower bearing left on the pathway. The sign to your left at this location focuses upon the many enslaved African Americans that make the Hilton Estate possible.
As your walk on the path to the right up some stairs, you will see a stone farmhouse. This structure was built in 1819 and is the oldest structure on the CCBC campus. This residence was built by James W. McCulloch and the land was used for agricultural pursuits.
Turn to your right to walk down a slight incline towards the stone barn. There has been a barn standing in this location since the early 19th century, however this stone building replace a frame structure in 1924. In its heyday, this barn was used for dairy farming by the Knapp family.
Travel to your right to the side of the stone barn to find the next sign focused on horse racing at the Hilton Estate. William Wilkins Glenn utilized the Hilton Estate to breed, train, and race horses in the 19th century utilizing enslaved and free African American labor.
Walk to your right down the stairs to the sign overlooking Rolling Road. Rolling Road was constructed during the colonial era for the purpose of rolling hogsheads of tobacco from Catonsville plantations to Elkridge Landing for shipment to England.
The final sign of the CCBC historic walk is away from the main part of campus and a bit of a hike. Follow the the map and guideposts towards Parking Lot #6 and the Patapsco Valley Sate Park entrance. Learn about the land that was donated from the Hilton Estate in order to create the state park.
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Historian-Michelle Diane Wright / IT -Alexis Brown