Brief History of Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland
Lutherville, named for Martin Luther, was established in 1852 by two local Lutheran ministers, Drs. John Gottlieb Morris and John Kurtz. The reverendís mission was to develop an institution of learning for women. The town grew quietly and became known as a haven from the city. Its neighbor Timonium was named after a local estate, which in turn received its name from an Egyptian structure near Alexandria. Lutherville and Timonium remained secluded and suburban until after World War II, when the region began to attract more home seekers who chose to no longer live in the city. In 1972 the U.S. Department of the Interior placed Lutherville on the National Register of Historic Places.
Public education is provided by Baltimore County Public Schools, the third largest school system in Maryland. The district manages 172 schools, centers and programs serving over 103,000 students in pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade. Baltimore County Public Schools has been consistently renovating the schools within its district since 1999. These improvements include a major maintenance program and bringing physical improvements to almost every school. While making these renovations, the school system consistently receives international and national recognition for excelling in the fine arts and its use of technology to enhance teaching and learning.
Higher education is available locally through several colleges and universities: Towson University, Morgan State University, Loyola College, Baltimore City Community College, Johns Hopkins University, Coppin State College and University of Maryland-Baltimore. All are located within 15 miles of Lutherville-Timonium.
Parks & Recreation
Residents looking to spend some time at the park can visit Oregon Ridge Park, one of Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parkís most popular sites. The park encompasses 1,043 acres of land, perfect for nature enthusiasts, swimming, and for visitors looking to participate in the many outdoor recreational opportunities. Special annual events include the Preakness Hot Air Balloon Launch, Wine, Food and Arts Festival, along with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestraís Concerts in the Park during the summer.
There are three expansive recreation facilities near Lutherville-Timonium: Patapsco Valley State Park, Hart-Miller Island State Park and North Point State Park. Patapsco is comprised of 14,000 acres along the Patapsco River. Visitors can canoe, tube, fish or boat on the river, or stay land bound and hike, bike or horseback ride along maintained trails. Hart-Miller Island State Park is located in the Chesapeake Bay, accessible only by boat. The island is 244 acres in size and includes facilities for camping, hiking and picnicking. Fishing, swimming and relaxing on the beach are also popular. The North Point State Park facility is located on Chesapeake Bay in Edgemere. The site was once the location of a popular waterfront amusement park and the restored trolley station is a popular venue for weddings and other special events. Visitors can also explore the Defenders Trail, protected wild lands and a fishing pier.
Valley View Farms, in nearby Hunt Valley, is a year-round garden center and nursery. During the holidays it is a great place to take the whole family when it is transformed into one of the largest and most complete Christmas shops in the nation, displaying everything from ornaments and trees to decorations and collectibles, spreading holiday cheer for everyone.
Boordy Vineyards is only 15 minutes north of the Baltimore beltway (I-695) and is Marylandís oldest family run winery, established in 1945. Owned by the R.B. Deford family, its setting in the gentle hills of the Long Green Valley, in Baltimore County seems a world apart. Every Saturday from June through September, residents and visitors enjoy an evening concert and can dance under the stars while picnicking on the rolling hills of Maryland's oldest winery.
The climate of Lutherville-Timonium is hot and humid in the summers leading into winters that are cold but not extreme by American standards. The average annual snowfall is only 25 inches! Average temperatures range from the low 30s up to the mid-70s; the warmest days can reach the high 80s or low 90s. Rainfall occurs throughout the year with an average of 42 inches.