Friday, October 30, 2009

Hampden Village - Baltimore, Maryland

Originally a cluster of workers' homes built around the flour and cotton mills along the Jones Falls, Hampden Village eventually became the leading manufacturer of cotton duck - canvas used for tents, sailcloth, and mailbags - which continued to grow in demand through the end of World War I.

In the 1920's Hampden's mill operations went into decline and by the 1970's all of the mills had moved south or shut down entirely. Despite this downturn, unlike many declining mill towns, the Hampden community stayed alive because the mill workers were able to find jobs in other parts of Baltimore.

Hampden still sports its working class character while offering a stunning array of very interesting things to see. Below is just a tiny selection of restaurants and shops in Hampden. Head to their site for a full list of Shops and More Shops and Restaurants. Also check out the Hampden blog for up to date info on events. That's where we found out Hampden was just featured in the New York Times. And don't forget to visit in June for HonFest!

Cafe Hon
1002 W. 36th Street
Baltimore, Maryland

Antreasian Art Gallery
1111 W. 36th Street
Baltimore, Maryland

Earth Alley
3602 Elm Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland

Hampden Junque
1006 W. 36th Street
Baltimore, Maryland

Red Tree
921 W. 36th Street
Baltimore, Maryland

Wholly Terra
3406 Chestnut Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland

Wild Yam Pottery
863 W. 36th Street
Baltimore, Maryland

Mud and Metal
1121 W. 36th Street
Baltimore, Maryland

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