Welcome

Thank you for visiting our new Internet site. As neighborhood representatives, we want to give you the opportunity to stay in touch with our association and our events. A new content management system which enables us to easily update this website will allow us to always keep you up to date on neighborhood topics and events.

We are making an effort to present you with our entire spectrum of neighborhood-related infomation. At this point we can provide you with information regarding our upcoming events. The emphasis of our site is on introducing our neighborhood to all who would like to live here, while provide a communication platform for our current neighbors. So please keep an eye on the site and visit us again soon.

In the meantime you can reach us via email at president@ehcaonline.org. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

If you are not familiar with Edmondson Heights and your first contact with us is online: We would be pleased to hear from you! Please let us know what your needs and questions are, we will be more than happy to help.

In brief, you should know the following about us: our neighborhood was established in 1949 and contains 1010 homes.

COMMUNITY HISTORY

Land records indicate that the property now known as Edmondson Heights was originally granted to Thomas Hooker in 1695. This 248 acre parcel was a part of the Hunting Ridge grant. From this early land grant Maiden’s Dairy was born, which continued to operate well into the 1900’s under several different owners.

Maps of Baltimore County indicate that in 1877 Maiden’s Dairy had been reduced to 120 acres and the land was owned by R.B. Coleman. In 1898 the land was owned by the Henry Judick family. The plot of trees bordering Newfield Road is what remains of “Judick’s Woods” the stomping grounds of many of our older residents in their younger days. Federal Tax Assessment records of 1798 reveal that two individuals, Robin Chamberlain and John Stigars owned and occupied dwellings on Maiden’s Dairy. Chamberlain owned a one story log dwelling with a one story shed, a piazza, a separate log kitchen, and smoke house. Maiden’s Dairy, later referred to by local residents as Judick’s Woods Farm, changed little until the 1950’s when the farm and woods gave way to the development of approximately 1000 group homes built by Welsh Construction Co. and others. The community was named Edmondson Heights and the street names were taken from an old map of London, England.

While the use of the land and structures changed little in a period of several hundred years, the main thoroughfare bordering our community has. Ingleside Avenue was built originally to connect the villages of Catonsville and Franklintown. At various times it was called Race Course Road, Market Road and Shell Road. Old maps show that it was also known as Franklin Road. The names Race Course Road and Market Road were used because it passed the Central Race Course, located near Johnnycake and Ingleside, and lead to markets located in Baltimore. The race course was active until the Civil War, many of the racing fans traveled along the road to patronize the Franklin House, now the Franklintown Inn. Much later the road was paved with crushed oyster shells, thus the name Shell Road. Later it was renamed after the “Ingleside School for Young Ladies”, located on the Ingleside Estate which was destroyed by fire in 1952.

In the decade 1950-1960 the area surrounding the Baltimore County town of Catonsville was being developed at an unprecedented pace. Builders, finding a ready market for new homes, sought land sites favorable for large developments. Such a site was the property on Ingleside Avenue, just south and east of Sunset Avenue. During an earlier period, a large farm owned by the Judick Family encompassed the entire area of the present housing development. Where once lay woods and fields, eight hundred ninety seven homes began to rise. The development called Edmondson Heights came into being. A school would be needed! The chidlren in this area and Woodlawn attended school in Dickeyville, a frame building that still stands on Forest Park Avenue, until 1909 when the Catonsville Elementary School on Frederick Road was built. Children along Ingleside Avenue and Woodlawn were transported to the new school until 1952 when the Westowne Elementary School opened on Harlem Lane. A twelve room school. In 1953 it was expanded to 24 rooms and by 1955 it again was overcrowded and a new school was begun. In 1956 the Edmondson Heights Elementary School was organized. This area, now known as Edmondson Heights and West Edmondale was once grazing fields for the Maiden dairy farm. It was part of the Judlick Estate. There was just one house in the area, located where the playground facilities are now, occupied then by a maiden lady, her two shaggy dogs and a cockatoo. When Edmondson Heights Elementary School opened in January 1957 there were no access roads from Ingleside to the unfinished Sunset Avenue. There were no sidewalks along Ingleside Avenue.  This brief sketch of our community, taken from research of Phyllis Alloccca and Wayne Pugh, may spark interest in Edmondson Heights and its history.

Resident dues were made mandatory on July 1, 2005.and are currently $20.00  due and payable each calendar year between January 1st and December 31st.  Failure to pay dues will result in a bulk payment when trying to sell or mortgage your home.  At this time the Association does not have a fine program for non-payment of residence dues. We rely instead on collecting the outstanding dues at time of sale or transfer of properties.  All homeowners and residents of Edmondson Heights are automatically members of the Association by virtue of being a home owner or resident.  Amount of residence dues is determined by the elected Officers and Board of Governors.