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John Gavin

50 years ago: 'The Homestead' added to Bel Air town limits

As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, July 12, 1962:

The Town of Bel Air grew by 249 acres as a result of a property annexation acquired by the Commissioners of Bel Air. The property known as "The Homestead," a 300-acre farm, was divided into three parcels. One was owned by the Bel Air Methodist Church, one by the Hanover-Baltimore Corporation and the remainder under contract to the Homestead Development Company, whose plan was to construct a large housing development.

Another change for the Town of Bel Air was the changing of two streets to one-way roads. One block of Hays Street from Baltimore Pike to Thomas Street, and on Archer...