The Canton neighborhood of Baltimore is located on the waterfront. The Canton Company, a real estate development firm, began building the area as an industrial community in the 1830s. Industries began moving in, and by the 1850s, Canton featured three iron furnaces and one forge, a cotton mill, a steam saw mill, a distillery, a candle and lard oil factory, a rope walk, two shipyards and seven brickyards.
Now Canton attracts young professionals who want to live in an urban neighborhood, as well as growing families. The area provides access to parks, nightlife destinations and concert venues. One great spot is the Canton Waterfront Park, where visitors can watch ships sail by or enjoy a picnic on the green space. Dog owners can take their pets to Canton Dog Park, which in fenced-in.
The Canton Gallery features the work of local contemporary artists. Visitors can purchase art or may even commission the artist for an original piece. Pieces there range in mediums and the gallery specializes in making quality frames.
History buffs will love Project Liberty Ship. This nonprofit organization is devoted to preserving the World War II S.S. John W. Brown Liberty ship. The boat is one of two surviving Liberty ships out of a total of 2,710. The historical museum hosts exhibitions and social functions and is open for tours.