Baltimore County Almshouse

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Baltimore County Almshouse
Opened 1872
Current Status Preserved
Building Style Single Building
Location Cockeysville, MD
Alternate Names


The Almshouse, constructed in 1872, was once home to the poor, indigent, mentally ill, and occasionally used as a hostel by travelers passing by. Sections of the Almshouse burned twice – in both the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries – and were only partially rebuilt. The Almshouse was also previously used as a Civil Defense fall-out shelter in the midst of the Cold War, and retains its deposit of emergency paraphernalia. Currently it is home to the county historical society.