Owings Mills is one of Baltimore’s suburbs located North West of Baltimore City; it was founded in the mid-18th century by Samuel Owings, Jr. who was a miller, farmer as well as an active community member. Today Owings Mills is home to the Baltimore Ravens Headquarters facility, Maryland Public Television Studios as well as other nationally known businesses and organizations like Black and Decker, T. Row Price, and CareFirst to name a few.
The town has been going through a phase of revival since 2015 when the Owings Mills Mall was closed down and later demolished. Since then three new shopping centers have sprouted.
Foundry Row - located on the intersection of Painters Mill and Reisterstown Roads features dozens of stores, restaurants and businesses, including Wegmans, Panera Bread, Zoe’s, Missing BBQ, DSW, etc. Metro Centre at Owings Mills houses a local branch of the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) and Baltimore County Public Library. The center is minutes of walking distance away from the Owings Mills Metro Station and the Mills Station – the most recent commercial development in the area, that brought in stores like Costco Wholesale Club, Lowes, Homesense, and others.
Owings Mills is a culturally diverse area offering a wide array of restaurants including traditional American cuisine, Chinese, Russian, Italian, Indian, Japanese, and Uzbek among the few. Besides its robust commercial presence, Owings Mills also offers plenty of opportunities for enjoying Mother Nature.
Parks And Recreation
Irvine is the only private, non-profit nature center in the region. Irvine Nature Center is home to 60 live animals and offers over seven miles of hiking trails. Irvine is unique in providing more than 800 environmental education program sessions annually to 95,000 children and adults. This programming occurs at the nature center, as well as throughout the local community.
The Liberty Reservoir watershed is located in western Baltimore County and eastern Carroll County. The North Branch of the Patapsco River is the primary tributary that feeds the reservoir. Nearly half of the Baltimore County portion of the watershed is forested with large forest blocks in the vicinity of the reservoir. The area is open to hiking, rowing or paddle boating, bird watching, horseback riding and nature photography year-round, and for archery hunting during a regulated season. The reservoir is also managed for warm, cool, and cold-water fish species and offers excellent fishing opportunities.
Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area (NEA) is comprised of 1,900 acres of serpentine barren. The area has over 39 rare, threatened, or endangered plant species as well as rare insects, rocks and minerals. There are seven miles of marked hiking trails. Equestrians and cyclists are prohibited due to the sensitive nature of the area.
Besides the above-mentioned Owings Mills branch of CCBC, Owings Mills is also home to Stevenson University, which was founded in 1947 as Villa Julie College and adopted the name Stevenson University to reflect its growing size, expanding mission, and breadth of academic offerings in 2008.
The Gordon Center for Performing Arts is a professional, state-of-the-art entertainment venue that showcases amazing and eclectic performances. Located on the campus of the Rosenbloom Owings Mills Jewish Community Center, the Gordon is the premier performing arts center in Baltimore County. The LIVE series offered at the center encompasses a wide-range of performances including comedians, improv groups, visiting authors and more.