Lakeland, Baltimore

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Lakeland is a neighborhood in south Baltimore, Maryland. Its borders are Annapolis Road on the east, the Baltimore city/county line to the south, a CSX/MARC Railroad line to the west, and the same railroad line to the north.

History[edit]

The communities of Westport, Mount Winans, and Lakeland are some of the oldest in Baltimore City. As early as 1675, settlers established small farms in the area. Wealthy landowner Charles Carroll of Carrollton purchased these plots in 1732 and consolidated them into his 2,600-acre (11 km2) "Georgia Plantation", which covered the present-day neighborhoods of Westport, Mount Winans, Morrell Park, and Violetville. The following year, Carroll deeded the Westport tracts over to the Baltimore Iron Works Company, ushering in a familiar 19th Century South Baltimore mix of industrial development, scattered farms and homes, and resorts.

With its large furnace near the mouth of the Gwynns Falls, the Baltimore Iron Works smelted and forged iron ore dug from pits along the old Annapolis Road and the Westport waterfront, where ships received the excavated loads. A small community of two-story brick homes grew up near the pits on old Annapolis Road to house the workers employed there and their families. The community was dubbed "Minersville" (in the area now known as Lakeland). In 1836, Harmon’s Three-Cent Bridge, a two hundred foot wooden span, carried Annapolis Road across the Gwynns Falls towards the center City. Shortly afterwards, a number of shoreline resorts opened on the southern banks of Middle Branch.

Demographics[edit]

Race/Ethnicity The race and ethnicity distribution of Westport/Mt. Winans/Lakeland compared to Baltimore City overall (2010).

Westport/Mt. Winans/Lakeland Baltimore City

Black or African American 66.1% 63.6%

White 23.3% 29.7%

Asian 2.0% 2.4%

Hispanic or Latino 13.1% 4.2%

1Hispanic or Latino ethnicity overlaps with other race categories.

2 Some other race includes American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and choosing other races as an option on the census.

Source: 2010 US Census.

References[edit]

Baltimore City 2011 Health Profile http://www.baltimorehealth.org/info/neighborhood2011/55%20Westport.pdf

Amenities[edit]

Lakeland Elementary and Middle School Lakeland Recreation Wegworth Park West Patapsco Flea Market

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°15′18″N 76°38′52″W / 39.25500°N 76.64778°W / 39.25500; -76.64778