BNHA Historic Jonestown

Interpretive Framework

Gaining Freedom for All: African American Heritage and the Struggle for Equality

Seeking Prosperity on the Chesapeake: Baltimore History from Colonial Times through the 1800s

Upholding Independence: Baltimore and the War of 1812

Star Attractions

Heritage Walk

Resource Type

Historic Neighborhoods

Founded in 1732, Jonestown began as an independent town separate from adjacent Baltimore Town. Located east of what is now President Street, it was initially a home to wealthy residents. In the 1800s, it became the port-of-entry neighborhood for immigrants, especially Eastern European Jews who established Jonestown’s largest and most enduring ethnic community.

A variety of historic sites and world-class museums weave together a story that reflects upon the nation, celebrating diversity, innovation, entrepreneurship, and perseverance. Must-see sites include the Reginald Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture, the Jewish Museum of Maryland, and the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House.