Place Category: Neighborhoods
“When you’re talking about Dundalk, you’re talking about Eastfield. We’ve got a really strong community here; I’m proud to call it home.”
What’s Great About Eastfield
- Dundalk Pond Skipper 5K
- Eastfield-Stanbrook Rec Council Opening Day
- Stansbury Park and Pond
- Nearby water, nearby shopping
- Holabird Avenue/Wise Avenue (north)
- Peninsula Expressway (south)
- Lynch Road (east)
- Community College of Baltimore County (west)
Eastfield provides a huge presence of stability in Dundalk, and represents itself with a strong civic presence and plenty of recreational programs. Inhabitants are generally middle-class homeowners who know their neighbors and take great pride in their area.
Brick row homes abound on numerous streets in the area, but all appear well-maintained in a tradition of neighborhood pride. Most homes have been improved with back yards built for function – parking, boat storage and neat sheds. There are a limited number of single homes in the neighborhood that’s built for familiarity.
Eastfield has something going on most of the time. The Rec Council is one of the most active in the county, and acts as an umbrella for several neighboring communities. The Dundalk Knights football and Dundalk Hawks wrestling teams attract players and cheerleaders 5 to 14 years old, while rec soccer is a mainstay.
The North Point Government Center stands at Merritt Blvd. and Wise Avenue, serving the neighborhood and the communities beyond with police, social services, government representatives, and recreational programs.
The community has easy access from every direction to all things Dundalk and points beyond.
Neighborhood and Civic Organizations
- Dundalk Eastfield Recreation Council: 7601 Dunmanway, (410) 887-7155
- Eastfield Stanbrook Civic Association: 2804 Moorgate Road, [email protected]
- Ateaze Senior Center: 7401 Holabird Avenue, (410) 284-3273
- Grange Elementary School: 2000 Church Road, (410) 887-7043
- Our Lady of Hope/St. Luke Catholic School: 8003 North Boundary Road, (410) 288-2793
- Logan Elementary School: 7601 Dunmanway, (410) 887-7052
- Dundalk Middle School: 7400 Dunmanway, (410) 887-7018
- Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts: 8100 Wise Avenue, (410) 887-7060
- Community College of Baltimore County: 7200 Sollers Point Road, (443) 840-2222
- Dundalk Evangelical Presbyterian Church: 1973 Merritt Blvd., (410) 284-3250
- Eastern Assembly of God Church: 7923 Wise Avenue, (410) 285-6010
- Merritt Park Baptist Church: 1799 Merritt Blvd., (410) 282-7023
- Patapsco United Methodist Church: 7800 Wise Avenue, (410) 288-5488
- Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church: 1727 Lynch Road, (410) 284-6600
- Pleasant Zion Baptist Church: 4317 North Point Blvd., (410) 388-0946
There’s not much history on the North Point Peninsula prior to the 19th century – let’s face it, following the Battle of North Point in 1814, the farms of Patapsco Neck were pastoral, as you would expect. Locally historic names like Merritt, Todd, Gorsuch and Lynch owned most of the acreage, and while East Field got its names from its location compared to other tracts, the Stanbrook name came straight from the family working that particular piece of land.
There were mostly dirt paths but residents named them for function. Church Road was so named for obvious reasons, while Eddylynch Road was named for farmer Edwin Lynch because the path led to his house.
By 1874, members of those famous families and other farmers banded together to form Patapsco Grange No. 125, part of a national network of independent land owners who could bargain for more advantage with grain merchants and railroads. It was a natural for the rapidly growing area and by the mid-1880s the Grange (meaning farm, from the Latin “granum”) bought an acre of land from William Lynch and built a meeting house at Wise Avenue and Church Road, where there also was a general store and post office.
During the early years of the 20th century, the group acted as a watchdog of the area, keeping taverns and other disreputable businesses out of the area, and establishing a strong civic and recreational culture that still highlights the area.
Families began settling in large numbers, but there were large tracts set aside for recreation. Adjacent to the neighborhood is Stansbury Pond. Once known as Emala Lake, it’s off Bear Creek and accessed daily by residents who fish, run or play there. The surrounding Stansbury Park has numerous ball fields and other recreational opportunities, including acreage where urban farmers maintain the tradition of planting and harvesting crops.