Rodgers Forge, Maryland

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Rodgers Forge Historic District
Rodgers Forge, Maryland is located in Maryland
Rodgers Forge, Maryland
Rodgers Forge, Maryland is located in the US
Rodgers Forge, Maryland
Location Roughly bounded by Stanmore Road, Stevenson Lane, York Road (Md. Route 45), Overbrook Road, and Bellona Avenue, north of Baltimore, Maryland
Coordinates 39°22′52″N 76°37′02″W / 39.38111°N 76.61722°W / 39.38111; -76.61722Coordinates: 39°22′52″N 76°37′02″W / 39.38111°N 76.61722°W / 39.38111; -76.61722
Area 150 acres (61 ha)
Built 1925
Architect Beall, Frederick; James Keelty & Sons
Architectural style Tudor Revival, Colonial Revival, Modern movement
NRHP Reference # 09000783[1]
Added to NRHP September 24, 2009

Rodgers Forge is a national historic district[2] located southwest of the unincorporated Towson area and county seat of Baltimore County, Maryland, just north of the Baltimore City/County line. It is mostly a residential area, with rowhouses, apartments, single-family dwellings, and a new complex of luxury garaged townhomes. The area also has a small amount of commercial development. It is located just south of Towson University. 21212 is the postal code for Rodgers Forge.

In 2004, Rodgers Forge gained international attention as the home of Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps.[3][4][5][6][7][8] In 2013, Rodgers Forge was ranked by Baltimore Magazine as one of the top neighborhoods in Baltimore County.[9] The magazine also named Rodgers Forge as one of the 10 "best-kept secret neighborhoods" in Baltimore metropolitan area for its "strong public schools, thriving community organizations, and easy access to shopping and entertainment in Baltimore and Towson."[10] Rodgers Forge has also been consistently ranked as one of the safest Baltimore neighborhoods, according to the website and online database NeighborhoodScout.[11]


Rodgers Forge was built on what was known as the Dumbarton Farm, which, in the 19th century, was owned by Johns Hopkins, founder of Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Hospital.[12][13][14]

Rodgers Forge takes its name from the blacksmith shop of George Rodgers, built in 1800, that was once located on the southeast corner of York Road and Stevenson Lane.[15] In 1934, builder James Keelty (Sr.)[16] began work on the Rodgers Forge neighborhood, and constructed over 600 red brick rowhouses until World War II stopped development.[15][17] After the war, work resumed under the direction of Keelty's two son's James Keelty Jr. and Joseph Keelty. 1,777 homes were completed by 1956.

In 2009, the entire neighborhood of Rodgers Forge was listed in National Register of Historic Places due to "its unique status as a well-preserved example of early to mid-20th Century community design and architecture."[18] According to the official citation:[19]

The Rodgers Forge Historic District is architecturally significant as a prototypical example of a type of suburban rowhouse development which characterized the region during the late 1920s through the mid-1950s, and is especially noteworthy for the quality of its planning, architecture, and construction... Rodgers Forge stands as the most architecturally accomplished of all of the Early American-style rowhouse neighborhoods built in the greater Baltimore area during these years.

Today, about 4,000 people live in Rodgers Forge,[15] which is now considered among the Baltimore area’s "most sought after locations for families."[20]

Notable people[edit]


Baltimore County Public Schools

Private Schools

Major Roads[edit]

There are several state roads and other major thoroughfares that run through the Rodgers Forge area. These include:

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Jones, Katie (2012-06-28). "Towson Fourth: Rodgers Forge ready to bask in Fourth of July glow". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2015-07-15. 
  3. ^ Ruane, Michael (2004-04-18). "Swimming's Wonder Boy: Gifted Phelps Is Primed to Win Multiple Medals in Athens". Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-08-10 – via 
  4. ^ Valkenburg, Kevin (2008-08-03). "Phelps' voyage: From Rodgers Forge to the brink of Beijing, the swimmer hasn't always been on cruise control". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2016-08-10 – via 
  5. ^ "Phelps, genèse d'un phénomène". Retrieved 2016-08-10. 
  6. ^ "Congressional Record". Retrieved 2016-08-01. 
  7. ^ Valkenburg, Kevin (2008-08-13). "Swimming in world records". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2016-08-01. 
  8. ^, The Washington Times. "Towson welcomes home Michael Phelps". Retrieved 2016-08-01. 
  9. ^ "No secret now: Rodgers Forge earns top neighborhood honors [Rodgers Forge]". Baltimore Sun. 2013-07-31. Retrieved 2013-07-31. 
  10. ^ Iglehart, Ken; Favole, Johanna (April 2013). "10 Best-Kept Secret Neighborhoods". Baltimore (magazine). Retrieved 2016-05-22. 
  11. ^ "Baltimore MD crime rates and statistics - NeighborhoodScout". Retrieved 2016-08-01. 
  12. ^ "Middle school matters". Retrieved 2016-08-10. 
  13. ^ Ward, Albert (2016). "DUMBARTON FARM AND MANSION (RODGERS FORGE )" (PDF). Historical Society of Baltimore County. Retrieved 2016-08-10. 
  14. ^ "History". Retrieved 2016-08-10. 
  15. ^ a b c "The History of Rodgers Forge". Rodgers Forge Community Association. 2013. Retrieved December 29, 2015. 
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  17. ^ Rasmussen, Frederick (Oct 6, 2007). "Baltimore Sun". Retrieved September 27, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Neighborhood Profile". Rodgers Forge Community Association. 2014. Retrieved December 29, 2015. 
  19. ^ Mary Ellen Hayward (October 2008). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Rodgers Forge Historic District" (PDF). Maryland Historical Trust. Retrieved 2016-03-01. 
  20. ^ Smith, Dean (2008-11-20). "A Place to Forge Lasting Ties". Washington Examiner. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  21. ^ Rasmussen, Frederick (January 19, 2012). "Charles Adam Fecher Former Catholic Review book review editor wrote a book examining the influences that shaped H.L. Mencken's writing". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2015-07-15. 
  22. ^ H.L. Mencken (21 December 2011). My Life as Author and Editor. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. pp. 423–. ISBN 978-0-307-80888-2. 
  23. ^ Mary Jo Tate (1 January 2007). Critical Companion to F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work. Infobase Publishing. pp. 370–. ISBN 978-1-4381-0845-2. 
  24. ^ Dorie McCullough Lawson (13 April 2004). Posterity: Letters of Great Americans to Their Children. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. pp. 271–. ISBN 978-0-385-51263-3. 
  25. ^ Cowley, Malcolm (2014-09-24). "F. Scott Fitzgerald Thought This Book Would Be the Best American Novel Of His Time". New Republic. Retrieved 2016-08-10. 
  26. ^ Marion, Jane (December 2010). "There's Something About Mary Claire". Baltimore Magazine. Retrieved 2015-09-27. 
  27. ^ "Best Sellers - The New York Times". Retrieved 2015-09-27. 
  28. ^ David H. Hubel M.D. (1 October 2004). Brain and Visual Perception: The Story of a 25-Year Collaboration. Oxford University Press, USA. pp. 23–. ISBN 978-0-19-803916-7. 
  29. ^ "Dream home: Restored to glory". Retrieved 2016-08-01. 
  30. ^ Hope Hines (26 July 2012). In Hines' Sight: The Ups, Downs, and Rebounds of 40 Years in Sports Broadcasting. Franklin Green. pp. 101–. ISBN 978-1-936487-25-7. 
  31. ^ Henry N. Wagner (23 December 2007). A Personal History of Nuclear Medicine. Springer Science & Business Media. ISBN 978-1-84628-072-6.