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Irish Railroad Workers Museum

920 Lemmon St, Baltimore, MD 21223 (Hollins Market/Union Square)

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Construction Date:1848
Architect:Charles Shipley
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The museum consists of two renovated alley houses built by carpenter Charles Shipley in 1848. These homes were built to provide housing for the growing number of workers employed by the B&O Railroad. One of the houses is furnished in 1860s fashion, reflecting the lives of the Irish immigrant family who lived there. The other offers changing exhibits relating to Irish-American history and local neighborhood life. 

The Irish Railroad Workers Museum is one of the few museums in the United States devoted to showing how working people lived in this first phase of the Industrial Revolution. The fact that researchers were able to identify the Irish family who lived at 918 Lemmon Street not long after the house was built makes this museum a very special place.

  • Accessibility: Partially Accessible
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Photography: Permitted