Hunt Valley, Maryland
|Hunt Valley, Maryland|
Hunt Valley, Maryland as seen from Gilroy Road
|Country||United States of America|
|ZIP codes||21031, 21030|
|Area code(s)||410, 443|
Hunt Valley is an affluent unincorporated community in Baltimore County, Maryland, United States. Its traditional name was based on being just east of Maryland's traditional "Horse Country" (like the Kentucky "Blue Grass" region), and the site of the venerable "Maryland Hunt Cup" championship of steeplechase horse racing and jumping established 1894. It lies just north of the city of Baltimore, along the York Road (former old historic Baltimore-York Turnpike) which is now Maryland Route 45 off Interstate 83. The Loch Raven Reservoir nearby is an important drinking water resource and with its surrounding forested watershed is one of three reservoirs (Loch Raven, Prettyboy and Liberty) established for the City of Baltimore and its surrounding metropolitan areas in Baltimore County since the 1880s and expanded in the 1910s. Located at a latitude of 39.5° North and longitude 76.7° West.
Hunt Valley is the home of Systems Alliance, Inc., BreakAway Games, Sinclair Broadcast Group, McCormick & Company, AAI Corporation, Dunbar (Armored Vehicles), TESSCO Technologies, KCI Technologies, Inc. and ZeniMax Online Studios. It was the former home of Noxell Corporation, makers of Noxzema, before Noxell was acquired by Procter & Gamble in the early 1990s. It was also the former home of PHH and Firaxis Games, both of which now reside in Sparks, Maryland which is a few miles to the north of Hunt Valley. MicroProse, a leading video game developer from the 1980s, was originally based in Hunt Valley. The Hunt Valley Inn is the most popular hotel in Maryland for annual regional Science fiction conventions for fans of the TV shows and feature movies "Star Wars" and the ever-popular "Star Trek" and their "Trekkers"/"Trekkies". Over the years it has hosted "Balticon", "ShoreLeave" Shore Leave, "Horrorfind", "Monster Mania", "Nostalgia Con", "FaerieCon", "ClipperCon" and "Farpoint".
Hunt Valley is served by the old Cockeysville, Maryland post office, which is also a neighbor of the burgeoning Timonium suburban community, and also is home to a satellite campus of the Community College of Baltimore County in this northern central area of Baltimore County (which has three regular full-size campuses - Catonsville in the southwest, Dundalk in the southeast and Essex in the east). Nearby is the Timonium Race Course which although not as active as in decades past, still has a small amount of horse racing in conjunction with better known local tracks such as northwest Baltimore City's "Pimlico Race Course" (home of the annual "Preakness Stakes", run since 1873 as one of throughbred horse racing's "Triple Crown") and "Laurel Park Racecourse" in the northeastern suburbs of Washington, D.C.'s Prince George's County, Maryland. The Timonium Fairgrounds however are still home to the over century-and-a-half Maryland State Fair held in late August and early September.
Development restrictions to the west of Hunt Valley and the Baltimore-Harrisburg Expressway (Interstate 83) and its parallel historic York Road (Maryland Route 45) were first envisioned in the late 1950s by famed American architect and urban planner David A. Wallace (1917-2004), who laid out the original concepts and plans for the "Charles Center" re-development of downtown Baltimore's central business district beginning in 1958 to the mid 1970s which later led also to the more famous "Inner Harbor" waterfront revitalization of the 1960s to the 80's. Along with colleague and partner Ian L. McHarg at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Fine Arts (later known as the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, after 2003, also known as "PennDesign") envisioned the preservation of the Baltimore County valleys in their 1963 booklet "A Plan For The Green Spring and Worthington Valleys".
Many Baltimore County residents declaim that Hunt Valley doesn't actually exist—it is often grumbled that "Hunt Valley" is a fanciful name cooked up by real estate developers during the development of the area in the 1970s and 1980s; that is, "Hunt Valley" is more of a name brand than an actual place.
People of note
- Sid Meier, Canadian video game designer
Hunt Valley is well known in the Baltimore area as a result of its public transportation. It is the northern terminus of the Light Rail line, and is also served by the Route 9 bus. Only one-half of light rail trains operate to the Hunt Valley terminus, with the remainder only running as far as Timonium. The frequency of service is every 15 minutes all day daily and on weekends and holidays. Route 9 operates on an approximately 20 minute interval daily. See http://mta.maryland.gov/services/lightrail/schedule/ and http://mta.maryland.gov/services/bus/schedule/schedule_9_6_09.pdf