Bounded on the west by Lawrence St. and on the north, east and south by the Patabsco River, Locust Point is a peninsular neighborhood that has remained largely untouched by the development sweeping through much of Baltimore. With two glaring exceptions —the chic Silo Point condominiums and the Class "A" Tide Point business campus, both on the north bank — Locust Point remains what it has been for generations: a close community of small, lawnless brick rowhouses, where residents hang their laundry to dry outside, tend the odd backyard rosebush and congregate at whichever local pub has earned their fierce loyalty.
The prize of Locust Point is Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, the site of the 1814 Battle of Baltimore that prompted Francis Scott Key, watching American troops defend the fort from a British bombardment, to pen the Star-Spangled Banner (the first stanza of which became the lyrics of the national anthem). In addition to touring the fort, visitors can attend tattoo ceremonies and flag programs, watch presentations, participate in bird walks, and picnic on the expansive grounds surrounded by stunning water vistas.
Historically a blue-collar neighborhood and a center of Baltimore's Polish-, Italian-, and Irish-American communities, Locust Point has long attracted commercial interests. It was home to a Coca Cola syrup plant, a Proctor & Gamble soap plant, and Indiana Grain silos, and still boasts a Domino Sugar refinery and the world headquarters of Phillips Foods. The neighborhood got an economic boost when athletic apparel company Under Armor set up its headquarters at Tide Point, where it employs hundreds.