Prior to the settling of North America, explorers like the famed John Smith surveyed the Dundalk area. However, it would be many years before actual settlers would arrive in the area. Initially, Dundalk was farmlands, but an iron foundry was built there in 1854 by Henry McShane. Henry's son William ultimately named the area after where Henry grew up. After 1917, a local steel plant needed housing for its new workforce. It created a planned community around the steel mill, thus creating the community of Dundalk. The need for workers and housing arose with World War I, just like many other cities across the United States.
From Primary Schools
Families living in Dundalk have the option of their children completing all of their schooling in the area, although not necessarily right in Dundalk. Baltimore County Public Schools serves the area for all primary and secondary learning. There are actually no elementary or middle schools in Dundalk, with students having to go to schools in neighboring communities. However, the private school at St. Rita's is an elementary and middle school alternative. For secondary schooling, students can attend one of three high schools and higher education can be obtained at the Community College of Baltimore County.
The Coffee Culture
Coffee has a rich history in the United States, as it was a drink that helped to fuel the revolution, and became popular in the northern areas of Maryland. Dundalk, being in the north, has an abundance of coffee shops available for you to peruse while surfing the Internet or reading a good book. One excellent choice for a great cup of coffee or bite to eat is the Village Coffee & Tea Company, located on Commerce St. Other options for a cup of joe are B More Lucky, Bill's Cafe, Hard Yacht Club, and Paolino's Cafe.