Could there be a better time to celebrate National Burger Day than over Memorial Day Weekend!? The big day is May 28, 2018, and we’ve got a great Maryland story to tell over the picnic table.

Clynmalira, Baltimore County, MD, ca. 1968. Photo from Maryland Historical Trust.

Clynmalira, Baltimore County, MD, ca. 1968. Photo from Maryland Historical Trust.

Clynmalira is a historic 5,000 acre plot of land in Monkton, Maryland in Baltimore County. The land was surveyed in 1705 and patented in 1711 for Charles Carroll, the Attorney General of Lord Baltimore. The property is said to have been named “Clynmalira” after an ancient Carroll estate the family lost in Ireland during political upheaval and may mean “sweet air” in Gaelic. The Carroll Family left the land mostly untouched for over a century, until the great-great-grandson of Charles Carroll, Henry Carroll, built an estate on the land out of bricks made on the property in 1822. Clynmalira remains as a private residence on almost 10 acres of the original estate. The preservation work of the previous owners earned them a preservation award from the Baltimore County Preservation Commission and the property is listed as a Baltimore County landmark.

So what does any of this have to do with burgers?

Today, a portion of Clynmalira’s historic acreage is owned by Roseda Beef and is used as a natural, grass-fed, black angus farm. Many area restaurants use this locally sourced beef for the delicious, sustainable burgers on their menus. So, if you aren’t at the beach this weekend and you want to celebrate National Burger Day with a burger that is connected to Maryland’s heritage try a burger at one of these wonderful locations:

Our Preservation Month posts were written and prepared by Rachel Rettaliata, one of Preservation Maryland’s Waxter Interns. Rachel is a Fulbright Scholar and US/ICOMOS intern. Learn more about Rachel and our intern program here: