Baltimore County

Iron gates stolen from Dundalk's Battle Acre Monument Park

Wrought-iron gates erected to preserve Battle Acre Monument Park, one of Dundalk's War of 1812 sites, have been stolen, police said, even as they were being restored in time for September's celebration of the war's bicentennial.

Baltimore County police said the spiked gates on North Point Road that adorned the long-neglected park, wedged between shopping centers and brick rowhouses, were reported missing by a volunteer on Monday.


"I'm a little upset about it. They are trying to get this park ready for the big celebration in September. I'd like to see the park fixed up. It's in really bad shape," said Bob Herzberg, a volunteer with the group Clean Bread and Cheese Creek, which has been working to clean up the area.

While Herzberg was doing routine rounds and picking up trash, he said, he noticed the gates were missing and notified the contractors doing the restoration.


"I really hope they find these gates," Herzberg said.

The gates were among improvements added in 1914 by Reuben Ross-Holloway, whose grandfather, Dr. Jacob Houck, purchased the land for the monument, said John Long, head of Clean Bread and Cheese Creek.

"It's just 100 years those gates have been there, and nobody's messed with them," Long said. "It's ridiculous. I really think the best hope we have is getting the word out."

Police said they have interviewed nearby residents and notified local scrap-metal firms of the missing gates. Anyone with information about them should call police at 410-307-2020.

"There do have a unique pattern on them. They're definitely distinctive," Long said.