Two 10-foot-wide 1848 brick row houses, a block from the B&O Museum, have been restored as a monument to the thousands of Irish workers who lived here and worked for the railroad. One house, which still has its original plaster walls and floors, is sparsely furnished for a family of eight and a boarder. Next door is a museum devoted to Irish Baltimoreans, with photo displays and a heartfelt video presentation. Volunteer tour guides are well acquainted with -- and may be related to -- past residents; their stories are personal and folksy. The museum also sponsors bus and walking tours of Irish Baltimore about four times a year. Reservations are required. Even if you're not interested in the Irish, it's worth a visit to see a typical pre-Civil War Baltimore home. Because the back of the house has been restored with glass, it is possible to see inside at any time.
- © Frommer's 2013
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