The Inner Harbor and Fels Point are not, to me, the most interesting parts of Baltimore. That honor goes to Mount Vernon Square. This place, located on Charles Street, serves as an Oasis just way from the Harbor and the Downtown Business District. Since Vernon is in the middle of Charles Street, cars have to curve around. This is an ideal place to relax, read a book, or just people watch.
In the immediate area, there are row homes, condominiums, apartments, and more elaborate brownstone homes. The location is perfect, the architecture beautiful, and the prices though the roof. Small businesses and restaurants are within walking time of one to three minutes. The Maryland Historical Society, the Peabody Conservatory, and the Enoch Pratt Free Library are right on the square. The library has a great used book sale. One block on both the east and west are total grass with benches. As stated, this is my favorite spot in the city. It is quite similar to Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia.
There are three structure on Mount Vernon Square itself. The first is an equestrian statue on the North Side. Seeing from first time time, I thought it was George Washington or Marquis de Lafayette. Instead it is John Eager Howard. He is a prominent but little appreciated figure in Maryland History. Like all statues, people should view it from different angles. Part of the biography on Wikipedia.
John Eager Howard (June 4, 1752 – October 12, 1827); an American soldier and politician from Maryland; was elected as governor of the state in 1789, and served three one-year terms; also elected to the Continental Congress, the Congress of the United States and the U.S. Senate; He was born in and died in Baltimore County.Howard County, Maryland, is named for him.