Dumpster Day 2014


We are proud to say that the 2014 Dumpster Day was another success.

  • Filled roll-off dumpsters
  • Filled a large box-trailer with metal for recycling
  • Provided some great donations of Architectural Salvage pieces to the Loading Dock for re-use.
  • Celebrated with the Baltimore Boating Center.
  • Enjoyed a beautiful day of fellowship and spending time with WONDERFUL neighbors!!

RBIA’s Community History Luncheon

2014 History Luncheon Flyer

The Improvement Association is hosting a Community History Luncheon on March 8th at Eastern Yacht Club at 11:30 am. Tickets are $10 per person (this is a mini-fundraiser event for RBIA). Tickets must be purchased in advance!!!

The luncheon will be catered by Norris Seafood and the menu will include: Crabcake finger sandwiches, shrimp salad, chicken wraps, potato salad, cole slaw, and chips. We will also have dessert items on hand as well. I believe there will also be a cash bar.

The event is going to be an “interactive panel discussion” on the history of the Essex/ Middle River area, with emphasis on the Back River Neck Peninsula and our community! We will have a “panel of experts” to facilitate discussion and field questions from the audience about the history of our neighborhood. That panel will be comprised of local historians, and some longtime residents- some of which are third and fourth generation members of the community!

A sampling of the topics will include:

  • Bauernschmidt Manor and Bauernschmidt Brewery
  • Ballestone-Stansbury House
  • Somoigy Farm
  • Bootlegging in Rockaway Beach / Sue Island
  • Baltimore Yacht Club & Eastern Yacht Club
  • Hoffman’s Lounge
  • Josenhan’s Corner
  • SB 509 and the controversial revitalization of Baltimore County’s east side
  • AND Much, Much more!!!

We will also have on display some old photos, artifacts, maps and home videos of things of historical significance to our community!

It’s important to get to know about the history of the community in which you live! It is my hope that all who attend will attend and leave having learned some things about their community they didn’t know when they walked in!

If you are interested in purchasing tickets – please contact Kevin McDonough.

Turkey Point: Gobbling Up The Sweet Life

MONTAGE BY JEFF DAUBER. (Click to enlarge)


By Rafael Alvarez (The Baltimore Sun, July 26, 1992)

All roads in Turkey Point end at the water.

“If you’re a lawbreaker and you get caught down here, there’s no way out,” says Pete Wert, who has passed more than half of his 75 years by the shores of Middle River where it flows past the end of Turkey Point Road.

“But if you’re looking for a place to get away from the hassle,” puts in L. E. “Jimmy” Ogle, “this is it.”

“But you’ve got more hassle than you did 10 years ago,” cautions Mr. Wert.

“It’s a forgotten little part of Baltimore County,” says Mr. Ogle, who has been a Turkey Point resident for 41 of his 60 years.

“Not so forgotten anymore,” says Mr. Wert.

Turkey Point is blessed with the sweet life — strong breezes, fresh air, quiet days and peaceful nights. Mr. Wert and Mr. Ogle spoke of the little community with reverence while hanging out with their good buddies at the Rockaway Beach Volunteer Fire Company at the end of Turkey Point Road.

“When I moved here in the early ’50s it was rural,” says Mr. Wert of the winding roads lined with thick, magnificent trees. “It was so rural I could drive down Back River Neck Road blindfolded. But since then a lot of people have been coming down here for cheap land.”

For a while now, doctors and lawyers and other professionals — people just a bit different from the men who hang out at the firehouse or the locals who put plaster statues of the Virgin Mary in their front yards — have been buying property in Turkey Point.

And not too very long ago a development of town houses went up near Chesapeake High, the neighborhood school.

“I think Turkey Point is probably still a well-kept secret; you can pick up properties down there from the low $100,000s to as high as a half a million,” says Debi Meushaw, a Realtor whose name appears on for-sale signs in the neighborhood.

Ms. Meushaw also talked about a piece of Turkey Point real estate known as Glorie’s Restaurant. “{It} is a wonderful place; they have the best oysters I’ve ever had. It’s a little home-cooking kind of place that brings a lot of people to the area.”

“This place has been here, I guess, for way over 50 years. We’ve had it for going on 14 years now,” Glorie Justice says while piling up plates of spaghetti and meatballs for a $3.50 lunch special. “It goes way back.”

Mrs. Justice, 58, was born in Essex, and her husband, Charles, 57, grew up in Highlandtown.

“We just love it here. The people here are so friendly and nice,” she says. “It’s a quiet, peaceful neighborhood. Everybody is very congenial. They help each other if the need arises. Years ago it used to be all shore homes — small, little shore houses — but the children and the grandchildren of the old ones who passed away have put up nicer, bigger homes.”

Those nicer, bigger homes share the community of Turkey Point with the Baltimore Yacht Club; a shady lawn for picnickers, the corrals of local equestrians at Turkey Point Park, and a dinner theater called Merrick’s.

They are all on the roads that end at the water. But there is no public access to the water.

For that you have to go about three miles away to Rockaway Beach.

And you might have to go farther to find anyone who remembers when wild turkeys roamed the woods.

“Wasn’t no wild turkeys here when I come,” says Mr. Wert. “Except for bootleggers over on Sue Island.”


Welcome to Turkeypoint.org – the official home of the Rockaway Beach Improvement Association Inc. / Turkey Point Improvement Association! For 59 prosperous years we have served as the voice of the Turkey Point Peninsula on all sorts of community issues ranging from development,  County Master Plan Development, road concerns, safety concerns, requests for community improvements, environmental oversight, individual member issues, and essentially everything that involves the welfare of the residents of the Turkey Point Peninsula.
Please take a few minutes to browse through our website, check out our community’s sponsors, news and happenings on the Peninsula, and delve into the rich history of the place we call home by looking through old photographs and watching some old film clips we have dug up! We encourage you to let us know of any questions, concerns or comments you may have by using the Contact Us section of the website. We also encourage you to join our efforts of community preservation and improvement by becoming a member of the Rockaway Beach Improvement Association Inc. (yearly membership dues are $20 per household).

Thanks for Visiting our Website,

Kevin M. McDonough , Secretary & Web Administrator

Rockaway Beach Improvement Association Inc. / Turkey Point Improvement Assoc.

Bauernschmidt Manor – ‘B’ is for Beer in Baltimore

‘B’ is for Beer in Baltimore
Brewers can trace history back to Essex, Middle River area.

By Keith Roberts (Essex Patch, 4/11/2011)

“…The Bauernschmidt families were very famous brewers of beer here in Baltimore. A tradition they brought with them from their Bavarian roots. George Bauernschmidt built a brewing empire in Baltimore starting in 1864 with the founding of his George Bauernschmidt Beer brand.

He continued the brewery for more than 30 years becoming one of the most popular brews in Baltimore, eventually bringing his sons into the operation. The years passed by and wanting to slow down and enjoy life a little more, George sold the business in 1898. The sale of the business; however, angered his son Frederick so much that the younger Bauernschmidt started his own brewery.”

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Bauernschmidt Manor, a set on Flickr.

“…Fred and Agnes began building what we now call the Manor House sometime around 1905. It is rumored that bricks used for the foundation of the house came from buildings that were destroyed in the great Baltimore fire of 1904.

They lived in the home during summer months and hosted many parties and fundraisers there for their favorite charities. Many of Baltimore’s wealthiest residents attended these functions.

The large beautiful two-story home was probably completed sometime in 1906. It contained 15 spacious rooms and four fireplaces. The red slate roof was adorned with a huge cupola that was supported by brick columns 3 feet wide. The cupola offered a spectacular view of Middle River and the Chesapeake Bay. A large wrap-around, columned porch surrounds three sides of the building and that porch supports a balcony for the second floor.”

Read “‘B’ is for Beer in Baltimore” at Essex Patch.