Joppa, Maryland

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Joppa, Maryland
Unincorporated community
Joppa, Maryland is located in Maryland
Joppa, Maryland
Coordinates: 39°26′01″N 76°21′28″W / 39.43361°N 76.35778°W / 39.43361; -76.35778Coordinates: 39°26′01″N 76°21′28″W / 39.43361°N 76.35778°W / 39.43361; -76.35778
Country United States
State Maryland
County Harford
Elevation[1] 15 ft (5 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 12,616
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip code 21085
Area code(s) 410 & 443

Joppa is a former town and current planning region of Harford County, Maryland. 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).[2]

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.[3]

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.[4] Olney was listed in 1987 and Whitaker's Mill Historic District in 1990.[4]

Film location[edit]

Joppa is now the location of the large film sound-stages used for interior scenes of the US television series House of Cards, with sets including the full-scale reconstruction of the West Wing of the White House and Congressional offices.[5]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 171. 
  3. ^ Rob Howard: Rumsey Mansion,, accessed 27 Jul 2014.
  4. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  5. ^ David Zurawik and Chris Kaltenbach (14 February 2014). "Find a little Hollywood in Baltimore". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 10 January 2015. 

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