Location: Museum Entrance

Uncover the history of the B&O Railroad’s conception and success through Frances Blackwell Mayer’s painting The Founders of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (1891), which is a fictionalized gathering of the founding members, stockholders, and prominent figures in the B&O Railroad’s early history. Take a glimpse at the history of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, the longest surviving signatory of the Declaration of Independence and a founding member of the B&O Railroad and see the tools he used to lay the first stone here on our historic Mt. Clare site. Additionally, the boiler of the Stourbridge Lion (originally built in Stourbridge, England in 1828) is proudly displayed in the gallery as the last remaining components of the first locomotive to operate in the western hemisphere on August 8th, 1829.

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