From "Towsontown" to Towson

When two brothers, Thomas and William Towson, moved to Maryland from Pennsylvania in 1752, they probably had no idea their name would eventually be lent to the community they founded. In 1768, Thomas’ son Ezekiel built a large stone tavern at the crossroads of York and Joppa. Because of its prime location, the tavern attracted a lot of business from area farmers and others who traveled on major roads such as York, Joppa and Dulaney Valley. A small village called “Towsontown” soon began to spring up around the tavern.

Towson continues to be a prosperous setting for businesses, situated conveniently between the rich farmland of Baltimore County and Baltimore City’s Inner Harbor. Black & Decker, and several other national and multi-national companies have established their corporate headquarters in the Towson area.

Towson boasts a wide variety of housing options, from apartments to condominiums to private homes – all with easy access to outstanding public and private schools, elementary school to college. Towson is also home to one of the busiest libraries in the country, the Baltimore County Public Library, which recently underwent an exterior facelift.

Officially named the Baltimore County Seat in 1854, Towson is headquarters for many government offices, including those located in the historic Old Courthouse, one of the area’s most renowned landmarks.

Of course, cars have replaced horse-drawn carriages on the easily accessible roads that run through Towson. The Roundabout has relieved traffic congestion in this busy area. Supported by active community groups and nonprofit organizations, Towson has become much more than a crossroads. As it continues to grow, Towson promises to retain its reputation of both convenience and charm.


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