Joppa, Maryland

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Joppa, Maryland in Harford County, Maryland is now a planning region for the county, but there was originally a town at the center called Joppa. Joppa was founded as a British colonial settlement in the early 18th century, and takes its name from the biblical town of Joppa (Jaffa, Israel).[1]

The town of Joppa on the Gunpowder River traded internationally in agricultural products, especially tobacco. At its peak, the port was home to about 50 homes, a church, prison, inns, shops, schools, armament factories, and warehouses. However, with the rise of Baltimore and Annapolis, Joppa declined as a port, and was slowly abandoned. By 1815, all that remained were ruins, and the surviving Rumsey Mansion.[2]

In 1962, Joppatowne, one of the first of a new generation of planned unit developments (PUD) in the United States, was launched by the Panitz Company.

McComas Institute was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[3] Olney was listed in 1987 and Whitaker's Mill Historic District in 1990.[3]

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  1. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 171. 
  2. ^ Rob Howard: Rumsey Mansion, http://www.joppatown.com/-Rumsey-Mansion.html, accessed 27 Jul 2014.
  3. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 

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Coordinates: 39°26′01″N 76°21′28″W / 39.43361°N 76.35778°W / 39.43361; -76.35778