Sleep Inn & Suites Edgewood Near Aberdeen Proving Grounds
1807 Edgewood Rd.
Edgewood, MD 21040
Phone: (410) 679-4700
Fax: (410) 538-9926
Arts & Museums
If you are a history buff, then a visit to the Hays House Museum is a must. It welcomes visitors throughout the year, and one can also avail tours. Apart from that, the museum hosts interesting events on a regular basis.
This unique museum was established as the U.S. Army's repository for captured and prototype weapons. The main building houses thousands of small arms, but what makes the museum worth the trip to Aberdeen are the more than 200 tanks that cover over 25 acres. The long, long rows of these massive and extremely dangerous machines is truly awe inspiring. Also on display are a variety of missiles, a German railroad cannon from World War II and the U.S. Army's own 'atomic cannon.'
Nestled in an old power plant near the beautiful Susquehanna River is the decoy central of the world. Havre de Grace Decoy Museum has the best of Chesapeake Bay waterfowl decoys ranging from the utilitarian to the more decorative and delicate carvings. Founded in 1986, you will find collector items from master carvers to contemporary ones. Since decoy carving is not an easy art, it has been practised through generations and passed onto the newer generation. Decoys were used as a bait to get the waterfowl within shooting range of the hunter. The first floor exhibits will take you through their functional role while the second floor has art pieces. There is also a life size figure of R. Madison Mitchell, one of the best carvers of the city.
Located between Madonna and Jacksonville, the Topiary Gardens are one of the most beatific tourist locations in the state. This 22 acre property was purchased by Harvey Ladew in 1929 and redone completely. There are more than 30 sub gardens housing some 100 huge topiary forms. Giant swans, hounds, horses and fox are some of the shapes to be found in the lush green space. From spring to fall, one can also enjoy the myriad of floral colors out in the open. Check out the fox-hunting memorabilia, several antiques and equestrian equipment from the 1700s. Other architectural details might interest you too, like the moldings, paneling, and so on. A gift shop and a café are located on-site. For information on group tours and more, check the website.
The region of Port Deposit in the Cecil County of Maryland brags of a highly distinguished historical site in the name of the Paw Paw Building. The building is predominantly a two story structure that dates back to 1824. The site stands listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1977. Also popularly known as the Old Fellows House, it is a fine stone building that has been plated with plaster.
If you've ever wanted to learn more about how the firemen work under high pressure conditions, here's your chance to find out. Visit the Fire Museum of Maryland and take a look at the history of firefighting. Examine exhibits dating from 1806 to the year 1957. These displayed objects include Baltimore's High Pressure Pumping System, uniforms, badges, fifty rigs and working fire alarm telegraph system. Find out about the special events held for educational purposes.
This museum, housed in a corner row home, declares itself 'Baltimore's Only Black American Museum.' It opened in 1968 and gives visitors a glimpse of African-American life, from the days of slavery and the Civil Rights Movement to the present day. In recent years, the museum has expanded its mission, offering a curious array of services, from custom framing to discount repairs. The museum may also be rented for a minimal donation. Admittance is by appointment with the curator only.
Johns Hopkins University owns and operates this 48-room, 1850s Italianate mansion decorated with post-Impressionist paintings and sculptures, rare books, Tiffany glass and chandeliers, Chinese porcelains, Japanese netsuke and 17th-century Belgian tapestries. The impressive home contains Baltimore's only private theater designed by Leon Bakst, who is best known for Ballet Russes sets. Call for information on lectures, sculpture shows and other activities. Guided one-hour tours are offered on the hour. Closed major holidays.
The nation's first wax museum of African-American history and culture features more than 100 life-life figures, including Martin Luther King Jr., Frederick Douglass, Nat Turner and Harriet Tubman. The figures represent various periods in African-American history, from the colonial era to the present. A replica of a slave ship and an exhibit on youth complete the museum's offerings. See their website for further information. The museum opens from Tuesday to Saturday at 9a and on Sunday at 12p.
Canton Gallery, in the heart of Baltimore's Canton neighborhood, displays and sells contemporary work by mid-career artists. You'll find original works and prints, from Arthur Hazelwood's woodcut prints to Chrissy Maxwell's painted screens. The exhibit space also features acrylic and oil paintings, and other forms of representational work. If you like what you see, but can't find exactly what you're looking for, some artists will accept commissions. This gallery also specializes in top-quality custom frames. If you are planning a visit on Sunday or Monday, call in advance.
This stately mansion was built in 1801 by Charles Carroll Jr., whose father signed the Declaration of Independence. Today, the home is a National Historic Landmark. The home is a sight to behold, with delicate moldings and period furnishings that date to the 18th and 19th centuries. Visitors will be delighted to learn that some of the pieces are original to the home.
Baltimore's Johns Hopkins University has long been a lacrosse powerhouse, so it's natural that its lovely mid-town campus is home to a museum celebrating the game's history. There's ample memorabilia including uniforms, trophies, photographs and equipment detailing a history that spans more than 350 years. Exhibits are updated frequently to acknowledge current star players and teams, and the latest championship games are re-played on a big-screen television.