Baltimore Food History Map: An Interactive Timeline


Here it is: the Baltimore Food History Map! This interactive map features a 300 year timeline to illustrate the rise and fall of food industries in Baltimore. Over the past few months, our staff has been conducting research about food processing and distribution throughout the state – data that will be added to the map in the future. In this process, we came up with a wealth of information on the history of food in Baltimore and wanted to share that with our followers.

The map timeline was inspired by a desire to understand Baltimore's long history of food processing and distribution, and the decline of those industries, especially in the last 40 years. Locations displayed represent brewing, canning, coffee, fertilizer, grain, meat, and sugar industries that have been a vivid part of Baltimore's history.  By scrolling along the timeline at the bottom of the screen, visitors can see where and when these industries were located in the city from the 1700's to present day. The Center is currently working with the Baltimore Museum of Industry to embed historical photos into the website. You can find a link to the Baltimore Food History Map from the "Special Projects" section of the Maryland Food System Map website.

Upcoming Maryland Food System Map Data!

Over the next few months, the following data layers will be added to the map, and made available through the "Download Maps and Data" page:

  • current processing and distribution points throughout the state
  • new information about area farms, such as those offering Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs
  • farmers markets selling local products
  • food access information, including supermarkets and other food stores and prepared food locations, beginning with the five Southern Maryland counties

Don't forget, all the data layers in the map are also available on the "Download Maps and Data" page. And if you don't see what you are looking for, please email us.

Users can subscribe on the website to receive notices when new layers are added to the map.


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