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Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum

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Benjamin Banneker - a well-kept secret

This is a small, county park and an archaeological dig. The site was the home and farm of Benjamin... read more

Reviewed 19 June 2018
Andy J
Catonsville, Maryland
a surprise find

I was hiking and stumbled upon this little gem. It was such a pleasant surprise to visit this... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2018
Catonsville, Maryland
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300 Oella Ave, Catonsville, MD 21228-5416
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Reviewed 3 July 2018

We came here on a 95 degree day and only could tour the small museum and his cabin. My kids had no urge to stomp around the acres of grounds which was a shame because they have nice walking paths along with orchards, beehives, etc....More

2  Thank elawson
Reviewed 19 June 2018

This is a small, county park and an archaeological dig. The site was the home and farm of Benjamin Banneker, an African-American mathematician, surveyor, astronomer, and farmer. He helped survey what is now Washington DC with the Ellicott family, corresponded with President Thomas Jefferson, and...More

2  Thank Andy J
Reviewed 4 March 2018

I was hiking and stumbled upon this little gem. It was such a pleasant surprise to visit this historic home. I am embarrassed to say I knew nothing of Benjamin Banneker, a self taught mathematician and astronomer, whose father was a former slave. A hidden...More

2  Thank Samflowers
Reviewed 31 January 2018

My wife and I stopped in just before Christmas and had a wonderful time talking with the lady at the museum. There are many things to see and do depending on the time of year. There is also a little gift shop.

1  Thank LordThomMohr
Reviewed 7 September 2017

The museum and park are a somewhat hidden gem of African-American history near Baltimore and walking distance from historic Ellicott City. Great display of Banneker's life in the museum and a recreation of a period house in the park. There are occasional historical weekends with...More

2  Thank 731calvint
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

This museum is on the fringe of Catonsville but little known. Banneker, black scientist, astronomer, inventor, lived (and died) here. There's a good gallery and replica of his cabin on the grounds. Run by Baltimore County. Spacious, well-kept grounds good for picnicking.

Thank Mike B
Reviewed 12 May 2017

My wife and I stopped by this historical park and and were happy to learn about Benjamin Banneker. A great way to learn about local history.

1  Thank LordThomMohr
Reviewed 22 January 2017

I didn't realize how much history was in the Oella/Catonsville area. The displays are professional and the staff are friendly.

Thank Mary Ann M
Reviewed 15 November 2016

This museum (free but donations accepted) lies on the property owned by Benjamin Banneker, a free black man who lived at the time of Washington. He was self-taught and helped survey the boundaries for the District of Columbia. The museum tells his life story. There...More

1  Thank pdl40zb
Reviewed 26 July 2016

I've lived near this park for years and just visited in June, when they held their Colonial Market Place. The park is very nice and the museum about Benjamin Banneker is very informative, if small. I will stop in more often now that I know...More

1  Thank Kathleen H
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