An old Indian trail near the Inner...

WALK AN INDIAN TRAIL:

May 16, 1992

WALK AN INDIAN TRAIL: An old Indian trail near the Inner Harbor? Yep. You know it better as Washington Boulevard, which is what it's been called for a lot of years now.

But, in fact, the Susquehannock Indians were the first to beat a popular path just west of the Inner Harbor -- in the shadow of Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

That's just one tidbit of Baltimore history you can pick up tomorrow during the first Ridgely's Delight House and Garden Tour. The rich history of the small, "urban Renaissance" neighborhood comes through especially in the brick rowhouses built on the old Indian path since the early 1800s.

A couple of examples: a house that has been in the same family for 82 years, another that is a mere 10 feet wide -- but includes a living room, an eat-in kitchen, two bedrooms, two baths, a laundry room and an office.

The walking tour, costing $9 per person, takes you through 20 houses and gardens, as well as the birthplace of Babe Ruth. The tour price includes admission to the Babe Ruth Museum. (The museum's featuring a new exhibit on Cal Ripken Jr., by the way.)

Most of the development of Ridgely's Delight occurred between 1816 and 1875, although the earliest houses date to around 1804. The area's colonized history traces to 1667. Today's residents refer to their community as a "hidden jewel" of downtown Baltimore. Many of the houses have been restored by the present owners during the past decade.

The tour is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m., starting at 337 S. Fremont Ave. Information: 385-1213. Parking will be available on the streets. (Don't sweat a crowd being at Oriole Park at Camden Yards; the Orioles are in Chicago this weekend.)

SAY BYE TO THE PRIDE: The last open house aboard the Pride of Baltimore II for awhile is scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. tomorrow. The ship is docked at its berth at the Inner Harbor's Finger Piers.

On Thursday, the Pride embarks on its summer tour schedule. First stop: San Juan, Puerto Rico, and then eventually back up the East Coast, touching in New York and Boston during observances of the 500th anniversary of Columbus' history-making voyage.

The Pride is scheduled to return to the Chesapeake Bay in mid-September.

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