The town is named after the Cockey family which helped build it. Through the generations they added a hotel and train station and started a bank. Limestone and marble were discovered in the Texas Quarry in the 19th century and marble from Cockeysville was used to build the Washington Monument. The stone used in the first phase of construction is different from that used in the upper section. The latter came from Beaver Dam Quarry which is now a large swimming hole. Bonnie Blink, a 250 acre property in Cockeysville is the retirement home for Master Masons, Eastern Star ladies and their families.
1.The Historical Society of Baltimore County
© The Historical Society of Baltimore County
This public history institution has its headquarters in a large four-story, limestone alms house that was built in 1872. It was in service until 1958 and could accommodate up to 100 indigent people at any one time. The Society occupied the building in 1959, the 300th anniversary of Baltimore County. Slaves, soldiers and steelworkers contributed to the county's rich history. Their stories are contained in the 9000 artifacts, 8000 photographs, 4000 books, 500 maps and hundreds of archival collections curated by the museum. The material is presented as exhibits and used for presentations, publications and research. The shop sells prints, artwork, books and note cards.
Historic Almshouse, 9811 Van Buren Lane, Cockeysville, Phone: 410-666-1878
2.Oregon Ridge Park
The 1045 acre park was established in 1969 on land owned by John Merryman in the 1800s. Iron ore and marble were discovered in the area in the 1830s and there are several disused quarries in the park. One of them has filled with water and is used as a swimming hole. Downhill skiing was popular in the park in the 1960s but due to warmer temperatures snow manufacturing is no longer viable. The main slope is used as seating for outdoor events. Cross country skiing and sledding are still possible. On the 4th July each year, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs in the park.
13401 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030, Phone: 410-887-1818
3.Maryland Agricultural Resource Council (MARC)
© Maryland Agricultural Resource Council (MARC)
There are more than 750 farming enterprises in Baltimore County, with a combined revenue in excess of $200 million. MARC was established to research and demonstrate agricultural best practices and to educate the public about the farming sector. The farm comprises 150 acres of forests, fields and trails that the public are free to visit. Horses, sheep, goats and bees are husbanded and each year various crops are planted for experimentation. In 2018, the public were invited to 'pick their own' sunflowers. The annual Family Farm Day brings together farmers, artists, food makers and non-profit organizations.
1114 Shawan Road, Cockeysville, Maryland 21030, Phone: 410-887-8973
4.Oregon Ridge Dinner Theatre
The Baltimore Actors' Theatre (BAT) was founded in 1983 with the aim of staging theatrical performances and providing education in the performing arts. The Oregon Ridge Dinner Theatre has been the company's home for all their endeavors since 1983. BAT has a large contingent of performers of all ages that have toured nationally and performed Phantom of the Opera in Australia and the UK. Wixie's Children's Musical Theatre is performed each April and May. BAT's Conservatory is a program for scholars up to grade 12 and the Academy offers a year long course on Saturdays. The restaurant's gourmet buffet-brunch is popular with all the theatre's users.
13401 Beaver Dam Road Hunt Valley, MD 21030, Phone: 410-771-8427
5.Pennsylvania Dutch Market
© Pennsylvania Dutch Market
This old-time Amish market is a collective endeavor. Some traders rise early and travel far to sell their wares. There are more than 20 shops, several stores, eateries and furniture outlets. Buyers will find baked goods, sports equipment, quilts, bags and collectibles among the items for sale. The market is known for its quality goods, sold at reasonable prices, in a friendly atmosphere. The Amish baked goods include pretzels, peach pies, doughnuts and doughnut holes. They also sell hundreds of chicken wings. The market operates on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The quarterly Pig Roast is a much anticipated event.
11121 York Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030, Phone: 410-316-1500
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Dave Stoffregen and his wife, Alysa “Mama Bear” started this center in 1990. They both have black belts in Tae Kwan Do and Brazilian Ju-jitsu. Kid's Revolution aims to help children to develop their character and mental and physical capabilities. Goal setting is an important part of the holistic development. The center offers classes in cheerleading, hip hop dance, martial arts, outdoor sports and arts and crafts. The enterprise became a licensed child care center in 1998 and offers before-school and after-care services as well as summer camps.
100 Lake Front Drive, Cockeysville, MD 21030, Phone: 410-666-8000
7.Pappas Restaurant & Sports Bar Cockeysville
© Pappas Restaurant & Sports Bar Cockeysville
Pappa's signature dish is a 7 ounce crab cake which has made it onto Oprah's Favorite Things List. Around 40000 are sold each month. Mark Pappas came to the USA from Greece in 1956 and opened his first restaurant in Parkville in 1972, serving steaks, pastas and fresh seafood. His son-in-law runs the second outlet in Cockeysville. There are various menus - for ordering platters, private dining, late night snacks, carry outs, lunch and dinner. Happy Hour lasts from 11am to 7 pm from Monday to Friday. The restaurant is open 7 days a week and the sports bar is open till 2 am.
550 Cranbrook Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030, Phone: 410-666-0030
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© Corner Stable
This family-owned restaurant was established in Cockeysville in 1972. A second outlet was opened in Columbia in 2011. The extensive menu lists starters, soups, salads, sandwiches, seafood, entrees, burgers and sliders. Back ribs, chicken breasts, crab cakes and fried shrimps are perennial favorites. The atmosphere is homely and the large flat screen televisions are tuned to the sports channels. The bar is well-stocked with craft beers and the staff can mix a range of cocktails. The restaurant offers a catering service and meals can be ordered online for pick up. Crab cakes and spare ribs can be shipped anywhere in the United States.
9942 York Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030, Phone: 410-666-8722
9.Captain Trey's Crabs & Seafood
© Captain Trey's Crabs & Seafood
Trey Bernhardt has been working Maryland's waterways as a commercial crabber since he was 13 years old. At his restaurant, the focus is firstly on fresh, quality seafood and the accompanying side dishes. Secondly, his sauces and batters have been developed to bring out the flavor of the seafood, not compete with it. These recipes are closely guarded secrets. Crabs are the house specialty. They are sold as small, medium or large, in pairs, by the dozen or in bushels. Weekday specials include sandwiches, baskets and subways. Platters are available for off-site functions.
10625 York Rd., Cockeysville, MD 21030, Phone: 410-666-4646
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