Place Category: Neighborhoods
“People are involved – they volunteer, they care! We can walk to everything we need. Neighbors watch out for each other.”
What’s great about St. Helena
- The neighborhood predates Dundalk. Several blocks are officially identified as a National Historic District
- Great access to Interstates 695, 95 and Baltimore City
- Housing is affordable
- Churches, parks, shops, eateries, post office, pharmacy all within walking distance
- Family-friendly, with lots of activities and events
- Holabird Ave. (north)
- Dunhill Rd. (south)
- Dundalk Ave. (east)
- Broening Hwy. (west)
St. Helena has been part of the steel manufacturing story since its very early days. It began to change from a farm area to an urban community as early as 1882, the year the first railroad was built after Sparrows Point had been purchased by the Maryland Steel Company. As that industry grew, homes for workers were erected, and much of St. Helena’s housing was constructed for bachelor boarders, who ate in commissaries; many original homes had no kitchens! Renovations to add kitchens were finished before housing in other parts of Dundalk were even built.
Today, St. Helena has eclectic mix of housing that includes wood frame, concrete, brick and Formstone. Most date from the early 1900s through the 1940s, although there are some newer homes to be found. Many have been beautifully renovated! The neighborhood is partly within the city of Baltimore but most is in Baltimore County, surrounded on three sides by industry, and has a secluded, insulated feel. Lots of residents grew up in St. Helena and have family here, although the area has attracted young families as well.
For a small neighborhood, there are plenty of churches and parks to go around. St. Helena Park has a playground, ball fields, a bathroom building, a dog park, and new shrubs and landscaping. Cornell Playground is tucked away in the neighborhood, and Cimaglia Park at Fort Holabird offers residents a reforestation area, open meadow, wetland with a scenic overlook, open recreation area, ball fields, community gardens, a natural spring system, basketball court, picnic area and parking lot.
St. Helena residents support an amazing number of events – neighborhood cleanups and dumpster days, a year-long aluminum can collection to fund an annual college scholarship, a community Christmas party, the Annual Harvest Fest, the Annual National Neighborhood Day, a community yard sale, and Dundalk Antiques Appraisal Day. The community sponsors Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, and also conducts an annual food drive for Thanksgiving distribution.
Favorite eateries – don’t miss Donna’s Tavern and Restaurant, with an amazing menu, live music, pool tables, outdoor seating, and terrific food and drink specials daily. Pickles at the Port recently opened (yes, related to Pickles Pub across from Camden Yards) is a welcome addition with a hearty, reasonably priced menu and drinks. Other businesses we love? Avara’s Academy of Hair Design (haircuts for as little as $5!) and Pinland Bowling Lanes and Duckpond, with a long history of providing fun, food and support for the community, to mention just a couple.
- Rental apartments
- Row houses or attached homes
- Single detached homes
Parks and other attractions
- St. Helena Park and Wags Dog Park
- Cornell Playground
- Cimaglia Park at Fort Holabird
- St Helena Community Center
- Dundalk Memorial VFW
Neighborhood and Civic Organizations
- St. Helena Community Association (city and county)
- Dundalk Elementary (new school opening fall 2019), Middle and High Schools (new high school opened fall 2014)
- St. Timothy’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
- Flagship House of Prayer
- First Baptist Church
- Dundalk Community Church of God
- New Light Lutheran Church
- The Light of Christ Church International
- Dundalk Seventh-Day Adventist Church
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