Historical significance: Hampstead Hill, located in the park, became a stronghold for American troops during the Battle of North Point in the War of 1812.

The Pulaski Monument was built in honor of the "Father of the American Cavalry," General Casimir Pulaski. (Photo by Jessica M. Garrett, Special to SunSpot)

Under cover: Laura Lippman's "Butchers Hill:" In this mystery, private investigator Tess Monaghan sets up an office in the neighborhood and investigates a killer called "The Butcher."
Rafael Alvarez's "The Fountain of Highlandtown" includes a balloon ride over Patterson Park.

La biblioteca sucursal de Patterson Park: The Enoch Pratt Free Library, Patterson Park Branch offers a large selection of Spanish-language materials.

Mark your calendars: Race to the Bike Jam in May, get down at the Baltimore Blues Festival in May, enjoy authentic Latin fare at Latino Fest in June, break out the piroghi for the Polish Festival in June and The Ukrainian Festival in September, rock on at The Highlandtown Fall Festival in September, see how the other half lives at the Butchers Hill House Tour in October and play dress up at the Great Halloween Lantern Parade in late October.

The Patterson Park branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. (Photo by Jessica M. Garrett, Special to SunSpot)

The great outdoors: Patterson Park features baseball, basketball, football, soccer, picnic, playground, swimming, tennis and ice skating facilities, as well as scenic views and walking paths.

Art and about: The artsy Butchers Hill community is home to artist C. Carter Glass, sculptor William Duffy, photographer Tony Sweet, painter Maxine Taylor, painter Susan Lowe and photo illustrator Martha Simons.

Neighborhood organizations:
Patterson Park Community Development Corporation
The Friends of Patterson Park
Butchers Hill Neighborhood Association