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  • Chesterwood

    “As a new homeowner in Stansbury Shores, we feel very lucky to have found such a great area. We feel like we’re the best-kept secret in Baltimore County.”

    What’s Great About Chesterwood

    • Dundalk Pond Skipper 5K
    • Stansbury Park and Pond
    • Chesterwood Park
    • Water recreation
    • Periphery to Dundalk retail and dining


    • Lynch Cove (north)
    • Merritt Blvd. (west)
    • Bear Creek (south curving east)



    Chesterwood, like most of Patapsco Neck, is influenced by two histories; the one of its residents and the one of its industry. As a finger of North Point Peninsula, it is surrounded for most of its length by the waters of Lynch Cove and Bear Creek and offers great settings and a variety of diversions to both longtime and newer residents.

    Housing Choices

    Along with the older, well-kept homes on the southern shore Lynch Cove, Chesterwood provide a great variety of living arrangements, including the newly constructed development at Stansbury Shores offering modern townhomes and single homes. Cove Point at Merritt and Peninsula offers progressive apartment living, while mobile homes in Mighty Acres development provide modest, but comfortable quarters.


    Bordered in large part by the waters of Bear Creek and Lynch Cove, Chesterwood offers boat ramps, fishing and all types of water recreation. On land, Chesterwood Park provides more shoreline, playgrounds and picnic areas, while Stansbury Park and Pond offer running paths, ball fields and a manmade lake used regularly by local fishermen.

    Anchor Bay Marina is a great spot to embark from land or enjoy a leisurely meal, while Stansbury Golf and Sports Park provides a driving range, batting cages and mini-golf.

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    Stansbury-Chesterwood was farmed into the early 20th century, when industry and the workforce that followed changed the landscape. With Bethlehem Steel in 1916 came decades of supporting industry including the Patapsco and Back Rivers Railroad, a big, brawny, gritty and hardworking operation serving Sparrows Point.

    Other industries, including trucking and transport companies, remain in the area off Peninsula Expressway near Graves and Flood Roads. But much of the rest of the area was left for recreation. The 1960s construction of the Peninsula draw bridge connected lower Dundalk and Sparrows Point but still allows larger vessels and sailboats access to the many inlets and coves of Bear Creek.

    Emala Lake, actually a 10-acre hole on the old Emala Farm in Stansbury – was created after the sand pit had been excavated for fill dirt fused in the approaches to the new Bear Creek Bridge (Wise Avenue). Fed by natural springs just off the Creek, Emala Lake was stocked with over 15,000 pounds of bay fish, rock, flounder and crab. In 1969 it was discovered to be polluted by local industry, but fishing is making its return.

    Some features of Stansbury and Chesterwood have been re-named in honor of groups and individuals. Peninsula Expressway was christened as Vietnam Veterans Highway, while the entrance road to Chesterwood Park was re-named as John Shank Way, in appreciation of the many years of service provided by the deceased Baltimore County Rec and Parks supervisor.

    Much of Stansbury-Chesterwood’s still seems to be in front of it as new residents settle in the area and more land is developed.

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