Monkton & Sparks

Popular with horse-enthusiasts and owners, this area features sprawling forests and greenery as far as the eye can see.

Monkton & Sparks
 

Welcome to Monkton & Sparks!

 
Rural and secluded, you will fall in love with this escape from busy Baltimore life!
 
If you’re dreaming of quiet Maryland living, look no further than the lush, rolling hills of Monkton and Sparks. Popular with horse-enthusiasts and owners, this area features sprawling forests and greenery as far as the eye can see.
 
East of Monkton is an area named "My Lady's Manor", known for its horse farms, sprawling countryside, and old, stately homes set back from the country roads. In 1713, Charles Calvert, 3rd Baron of Baltimore, decreed 10,000 acres for himself and then gifted the land to his fourth wife, calling the estate "My Lady's Manor." It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
 
This is the pinnacle of Maryland hunt country; you can find fox and quail hunts along with steeplechases and polo matches here. For those seeking an escape from city hustle and a relaxed way of life, Monkton and Sparks might just be what you’re seeking.
 

What to Love

 
  • Quiet, secluded, and a haven for those seeking peace
  • Ripe with hunting and recreational activities
  • Popular horse-owner area
 

Local Lifestyle

 
Residents here appreciate the quiet, secluded nature of town; they have larger property sizes and therefore enjoy spending more time at home. Many families live here for the quality public schools and the quiet neighborhoods. Lots of residents own horses or partake in equestrian lessons.
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

 
Hunt Valley Towne Centre includes a mix of local stores and national chains, such as Sears, Greetings & Readings, and the popular Wegman’s grocery. For easy gourmet meals and freshly baked goods check out Graul's Market in Parkton and Klein's in Jacksonville.
 
Manor Tavern in Monkton offers all your Maryland favorites and Milton Inn in Sparks is a special-occasion restaurant for a big night out. For everyday dining, there's Casa Mia’s and the Woodfire Kitchen in Parkton or Serpico and Michael's Pizza, which delivers in the area. For a special occasion, The Oregon Grille is an upscale establishment and sure to impress any out-of-town guests.
 
If you want to grab drinks with friends, Manor Tavern and Friday night football tailgating at Hereford High are the local choices for a good time!
 

Things to Do

 
The historic Monkton Village Center, formerly the Monkton Hotel, is home to several local businesses, including Monkton Yoga, Harmony Cafe, photographer Jodie Otte's Black Horse Studio, and Monkton Village Market. Across the street, at the historic Monkton Hall, Diddywopps & Keeffers sells work of American and local artists and craftspeople.
 
The Northern Central Railroad Trail runs through Monkton as a gorgeous wooded area, offering neighbors a place to catch up, walk dogs and teach children to ride bicycles while Gunpowder Falls State Park offers tubing, hiking, fishing, and horseback riding.
 
Maryland steeplechasing season runs from March through September. Polo matches are played on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons on the grounds of the Maryland Polo Club and the US Lacrosse Headquarters is in Sparks. Many a lacrosse legend has come from these parts!
 
For golfers, Hunt Valley Inn Golf Course is a gorgeous course in the area and is a great membership to have.
 

Schools

 
The Hereford Zone is a popular area with families due to the great school options available. Hereford High School is known for its academic and athletic departments. A private school in Monkton is St. James Academy (PreK-8th Grade) which parents have loved for their strong academic principles and lauded theater department. The region offers a diverse range of public and private schools to meet everyone’s needs. We recommend doing your research since there are so many options in the area! GreatSchools.org, the Baltimore County Public Schools, and the Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools (AIMS) are great starting places.
 
 
 
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