Baltimore Honks Hearty Hello to Bagpipe Museum

America's only Bagpipe Museum has its grand opening at 1 PM Sunday, September 7, according to roadsideamerica.com fan "Griffin" (aka the Poconos Cow Guy).

Visitors will be able to hear recorded pipe music from around the world, inspect a collection of 56 bagpipes (dating from the 1850s to the late 1980s) and see occasional live performances by area pipers.

The Baltimore, MD -area museum, which is in neighboring Ellicott City, [home of the late Enchanted Forest] is the brainchild of James R. Coldren, a retired mechanical engineer. It is, he insists, America's first bagpipe museum, and he promises that it will be a "hands-on" museum, which means that arriving visitors will probably be able to hear it before they see it.

Coldren boasts over 37,000 index cards listing bagpipe tunes, a collection of more than 500 bagpipe LPs, 500 bagpipe audio tapes, 225 bagpipe CDs, and a shelf of videotapes featuring bagpipe music.

Eager visitors are asked to call first, 410-313-9311. We advise acting quickly, as this place sounds like it may have the neighborhood up in arms before long. [Source: Baltimore Sun, Sept. 2]

[09/06/1997]
Directions:
US 29 exit 24A (just south of I-70) onto US 40 east. Quickly turn right onto Rogers Ave. Take this until it ends, then turn left onto Frederick Rd/Hwy 144. Drive around a mile, cross train tracks, then quickly turn left onto Oella Ave. The Mill complex will be a half mile north, on the left.
Hours:
2009 - reported gone.
Status:
Gone

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