A National Treasure
Newcomers and long-time residents of Dickeyville, one of Baltimore’s most charming neighborhoods, bond together in their pride of living in a community rich in history and vibrant in community spirit. Once a bustling village with paper and textile mills, Dickeyville is named after the last mill owner, William J. Dickey. The Gwynn’s Falls, which once powered these mills, winds its way through the community and is now a scenic place for neighbours to gather.
The original Dickeyville homes, built in the 19th century for mill workers and their families, are a mix of clapboard and stone. These homes were restored and updated after most of the village was sold to a developer in 1934. Since then, a number of new homes have been built that complement the older historic structures. Dickeyville was placed on the federal government’s “Register of Historic Places” in 1972. Today there are 137 residences; the Dickey Memorial Presbyterian Church built in 1885; and several original mill buildings that now house businesses and artisans. Learn more about Dickeyville's history here.
Thesedays, Dickeyville is an oasis in an urban setting, combining the charms of a small village with accessibility to I-95, I-70, the Baltimore Beltway, and BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. It is bordered by Leakin Park, America’s second largest urban park, designed by Frederick Law Olmstead of Central Park fame.
LEARN ABOUT VILLAGE LIFE
In Dickeyville, people know and really care about their neighbors. Diversity is one of the hallmarks of this community: we welcome all ages, walks of life, beliefs, and origins. The village is a vibrant community consisting of young families, retirees, artists, business owners, professionals and academics. When people move in, it doesn't take them long to appreciate what a unique, homely and attractive environment they've discovered.
Residents take great pride in their homes, gardens, and the sense of community that living in a village provides. Throughout the year, there is a series of activities, many of them sponsored by the neighborhood's Community Association and the village Garden Club that are open to all residents; a pancake breakfast, caroling through the streets of the village, a fall bonfire by the stream, and the annual Fourth of July celebration that includes a parade, a pot-luck supper and dance, a play, children’s games, and a country-style picnic. Additionally, resident artists exhibit their work regularly in the Oddfellows Hall in the centre of the village.
The Dickeyville Historic District is a National Register of Historic Places-listed community located just inside the western edge of Baltimore City, Maryland near the intersection of Interstates 70 and 695 and adjacent to Kernan Hospital. A small community of about 140 homes and a historic mill, the village is on the banks of the Gwynns Falls and lies at the start of the Gwynns Falls Trail, a 15-mile (24 km) walking and biking trail that is part of the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network.
The village includes two main roads, Wetheredsville Road and Pickwick Road, and three smaller lanes, Hillhouse Road, Tucker Lane and Sekots Road. Residents enjoy stable home prices and recreational amenities such as nature trails, bike paths, streams and urban wilderness on its doorstep.