Maryland House

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Maryland House
General information
Type Rest area
Location Interstate 95 in Maryland
Coordinates 39°29′50.5″N 76°13′55.7″W / 39.497361°N 76.232139°W / 39.497361; -76.232139
Current tenants AreasUSA
Owner Maryland Transportation Authority
MdTA website
Rebuilt Maryland House exterior, a few days after opening, January 2014
Maryland House main atrium, decorated for Christmas.

Maryland House is a service area located on Interstate 95 at Mile Marker 81.9.[1][2] It is located on the median of I-95 and can be accessed by both northbound and southbound traffic. It is approximately 24 miles north of Baltimore in Harford County, Maryland. Maryland House offers food, fuel, minor auto repair services, and a traveler information center to motorists.[3][4] It also offers WiFi on the premises.[1] Maryland House is the busiest rest area in the United States.[5]


Maryland House was opened in 1963 and was renovated in 1987. Wing additions to the Maryland House facility were added in 1989 and 1990, it was entirely closed in 2012 for a total reconstruction and reopened in January 2014. The Maryland House services 2.8 million customers annually.[2] Today, Maryland House is run by AreasUSA (company Web site). U.S. Federal law prescribes that rest areas on public (toll-free) interstate highways be maintained by the state, however the Maryland service plazas have always been exempt, allowing them to develop the Maryland House and Chesapeake House as commercial service areas.[6] This exemption was granted due to the fact that the service areas were constructed when the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway was a toll road, and the road is still entirely maintained by the Maryland Transportation Authority as a toll road[7] even though tolls are only collected northbound at the Perryville toll plaza and federal tax dollars have never been spent on it.[8] Now, Maryland is responsible for the grounds, while the commercial concession owner absorbs the costs of operation. WTOP-FM says that the two commercialized rest-stops bring in $40 million per annum.[9]


The original Maryland House closed for renovation at Midnight on Saturday, September 15, 2012, for approximately 18 months.[10] A new concession holder, Areas USA MDTP, LLC,[11] razed the existing buildings on the Maryland House site and replaced them with new, modern structures in exactly the same places as the old buildings once stood.

Wendy's, Dunkin' Donuts, Phillips Seafood, Nathan's Famous, Jerry's Subs & Pizza, Currito Burrito, Auntie Anne's, and Carvel are the food tenants in the Maryland House. Sunoco is the Maryland House's gas station.

The reconstructed Maryland House opened for business on Thursday, 16 January 2014.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Maryland Transportation Authority - John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway". Retrieved 25 June 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Maryland Transportation Authority - The Maryland House". Retrieved 25 June 2009. 
  3. ^ "State Highway Administration - Maryland Welcome Centers and Rest Areas". Retrieved 25 June 2009. [dead link]
  4. ^ Rosenwald, Michael S. (29 May 2006). "Washington Post - Keeping a Rest Stop in Motion". The Washington Post. Retrieved 25 June 2009. 
  5. ^ "Toll authority plods ahead with travel plaza project". The Baltimore Sun. 14 August 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  6. ^ Fisher, Marc (2009-03-31). "Need to Cut Costs, Virginia? Cut Loose Control of Rest Stops". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  7. ^ 2012 Highway Location Reference for Harford County (PDF), Maryland Department of Transportation, State Highway Administration, 2012-12-31, retrieved 2014-01-20 
  8. ^ Samuel, Peter (2013-03-08). "Maryland's premier pike - the JFK Highway I-95 - is the key to state's revenue enhancement". Retrieved 2014-01-20. 
  9. ^ Tuss, Adam (2009-07-22). "Rest stops: budget drags or moneymakers?". WTOP. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  10. ^ "Maryland House on I-95 to close Sept. 15 for reconstruction". ExploreHarford.Com. 2012-09-06. Retrieved 2012-09-10. 
  11. ^ "MARYLAND HOUSE ON I-95 CLOSES FOR RECONSTRUCTION AT MIDNIGHT, SEPT. 15; CHESAPEAKE HOUSE OPEN FOR BUSINESS" (PDF) (Press release). Maryland Transportation Authority. 2012-09-06. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  12. ^ "Maryland House set to open by midnight Thursday". 2014-01-16. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 

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Coordinates: 39°29′50.5″N 76°13′55.7″W / 39.497361°N 76.232139°W / 39.497361; -76.232139