What began as a saloon in 1889 is today the
Hull Street Blues Cafe, listed as one of the best neighborhood restaurants in Baltimore. It is wedged among blocks of row houses in South Baltimore's Locust Point, on a side street named after Isaac Hull, a naval hero in the War of 1812. Also in his honor is the Cafe's Commodore Room for casual gourmet dining with linens and stemware. It gives the place a split personality as the adjacent room can be filled with locals lining a 40 foot long bar enjoying brews and lighter fare.
Welcome to historic Locust Point.
As early as 1608, the Point was visited by the English Explorer Captain John Smith.
It was established as a port of entry in 1706., This peninsula was originally known as Whetstone Point, after a London park. Along this road in September 1814, soldiers marched to the defense of Fort McHenry, where its inspirational defense inspired the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” During the Civil War Union regiments encamped here awaiting transportation to the theatres of war and to safe guard the nearby rail and shipping facilities. In the early 20th century it received immigrant arrivals (1868-1914), and later equipped “America’s Arsenal of Democracy” in World War II.
The character of this one mile long peninsula reflects the maritime trades of dry-docks, warehouses, churches and railroads that served an expanding world trade industry. Within its folds, the pre-Civil War and predominant Victorian era brick row houses with streets named after War of 1812 heroes have provided a sense of stability to family life and a sense of history. Like its waterfront neighbors of Fells Point, Canton, and Federal Hill, our community origins reflect the succession of Scotch-Irish, Germans, Poles, and others of European lineage that are the nuclei of our residents today.
Today, an economic revitalization has emerged as business and housing entrepreneurs recognized the potential of this waterfront opportunity. Our changing community, like its past, recognizes that change is part of any neighborhood.
(courtesy of Scott Sheads, NPS historian at Fort McHenry).
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