About the area:
Towson, Maryland is located in Baltimore County immediately north of Baltimore City, inside the Beltway (I-695), east of I-83 and along York Road.
The communtity of Towson began about 1750 when two brothers, William and Thomas Towson, emigrated from Pennsylvania and started farming on Satyr's Hill, to the northeast of York and Joppa Roads. In 1768 Thomas' son, Ezekiel built a large tavern at the crossroads, just north of where the Towson Theater is now. A small village called "Towsontown" began to grow around it, serving area farmers who traveled on York, Dulaney Valley, and Joppa Roads.
In 1790 the Ridgely family built the magnificent Hampton estate. In 1839 Epsom Chapel became the first house of worship for the community. (It was demolished in 1950, making way for Towson Plaza, what is now Towson Town Center.)
In 1854 Towson officially became the Baltimore County Seat. Then the Court House construction started and numerous buildings were built giving the community a distinctive 19th Century atmosphere which is still visible.
Towson has grown rapidly since World War II but retains its charm and sense of history. Today it is more than a crossroads and courthouse town, having become a center for education, medicine, county government and law, and more recently a retail destination.
Major neighborhoods in Towson include Anneslie, Rodgers Forge, Stoneleigh, Wiltondale, Southland Hills, Hunt Crest Estates, East Towson, and West Towson. Ruxton, which lies to the west, is sometimes considered a part of Towson.