Reisterstown Community Information

History of Reisterstown

The community of Reisterstown was named after German immigrant John Reister, a farmer who founded the town in 1758. John Reister first farmed corn and tobacco in the area, and after seeing that the road alongside the land he purchased was one that was frequented by travelers, decided to open up a successful tavern and inn.

Schools in Reisterstown

Reisterstown's first schools were private. Franklin Academy became the first public school in 1849 and in 1874, a high school was added making it the first high school in Baltimore County. The building now houses the Reisterstown Library. Today, students in grades K-12 attend Franklin High School, Franklin Middle School, and one of five elementary schools: Franklin, Cedarmere, Glyndon, Reisterstown, and Chatsworth. Private and parochial schools are also readily available to serve the educational needs of students in a faith-based setting. These schools include Chestnut Ridge-Grace (preschool), Hannah More Schools (grades 4-12) and Sacred Heart Parochial School (grades K-8).

Recreation

Residents in search of recreational opportunities don't have to go very far as Baltimore County is rich in parks, history, and recreational areas. If you’re looking to quietly observe wildlife anytime throughout the year, then check out the Gwynnbrook Wildlife Management Area and its many miles of wildlife viewing areas and nature trails. The 17,000-acre Gunpowder Falls State Park and the Soldier's Delight Environmental Area provide visitors with a number of iron ore pits, wooded nature trails, a marble quarry, meadows and streams. Historical sites in the area are numerous and include the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Hampton National Historical Site and Rockburn Branch Park.

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