Reisterstown, Maryland

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Reisterstown is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Baltimore County, Maryland. Founded by German immigrant John Reister in 1758, it is located to the northwest of Baltimore. Though it is older than the areas surrounding it, it now serves primarily as a residential suburb of Baltimore. The center is designated the Reisterstown Historic District and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.[2]

Just outside the community, to its north, is the small military reservation of Camp Fretterd, which serves as a training site for the Maryland Army National Guard and Air Guard.[3]



Reister's Town

John Reister purchased a 20-acre (81,000 m2) tract of land, which he called "Reister's Desire," along the Conewago Road on March 2, 1758. He built a tavern on the site, providing food, drink and lodging for travelers. Other businesses serving travelers soon followed, creating the settlement known as Reister's Town, and evenutally Reisterstown. With the purchase of another 83 acres (340,000 m2) adjoining the original property in 1763, Reister began developing both sides of Conewago Road, later renamed as Reisterstown Road.[4]

Franklin Academy

In 1764, John Reister purchased a quarter acre lot, which he named Church Hill, as a site for the community's first church, a small building constructed of logs. Funded and built by the Lutheran community, the church was free to all denominations. The building also served as a school house, a secondary function typical of churches at that time.[4]

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