Fells Point

A ship is docked with historic structures in the background; another ship looms in the foreground.
Historic Fells Point by Middleton Evans

Quick Facts
Baltimore, MD
Historic Port Town in Baltimore, MD
Historic Town

Food/Drink - Bar/Alcohol For Sale, Food/Drink - Restaurant/Table Service, Gifts/Souvenirs/Books, Scenic View/Photo Spot

Founded in 1726 by English shipbuilder William Fell, Fells Point served as the city’s deep-water port and shipbuilding center. Today, Fells is a National Register Historic District and is noted for its cobblestone streets, historic architecture, restaurants, and shops. Visitors can explore dozens of buildings that once served as homes and businesses for shipbuilders, seamen, immigrants, enslaved and free African Americans, merchants, and families in this bustling maritime neighborhood.


War of 1812
Baltimore’s importance as the commercial heart of the Chesapeake region wasn’t the only reason the British wanted to capture the city in 1814. They also wanted to stifle Fells Point---the home port for many of the privateers that preyed on British merchant ships. The United States augmented its small navy by licensing privately owned ships to attack enemy vessels. Baltimore privateers captured more than 500 British ships during the War of 1812. 

Learn more

To find out more specifics on Fells Point in regards to resturants, shops and other various attractions, please visit the Visit Baltimore website,

Paid public parking is available.


Chesapeake Bay , Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

Last updated: August 8, 2023