Welcome to Catonsville, "Music City", Maryland!
It is believed by many that the Piscataway tribe had villages along the Patapsco River and that Catonsville was along the Piscataway trail. This was before the first European colonist arrived. Eventually, the tribe moved north when the relationship between the tribe and the colonists deteriorated.
What is now known as Catonsville was settled in the 1700s. Wealthy families from Baltimore built "summer homes" in Catonsville to be used to avoid the heat and disease in the city. With the advent of the trolley and later cars, Catonsville became a permanent home for many well to do families.
The "Catonsville Nine" briefly made Catonsville famous during the 1968 protest in which draft records were burned by anti-war activists.
The Maryland legislature issued a proclamation in 2002 declaring Catonsville to be "Music City" Maryland. Outdoor music events like the Lurman Woodland Theater and the popular Frederick Road Fridays draw many people for free weekly concerts during the summer months.
UMBC, Johns Hopkins University and historic Ellicott City are all just minutes away from main street Catonsville.
In 2007, Catonsville was ranked 49th best place to live in the USA, third best in Maryland and Virginia by Money Magazine.