Development in the Town of Bel Air exploded after the Baltimore and Delta Railway (later the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad or “Ma & Pa”) was completed through town in 1883. The railroad influenced Dr. Howard Kelly’s purchase of the Liriodendron Estate, and the Kelly family would later influence the growth of the Town of Bel Air with the Howard Park subdivision, the US 1 Bel Air Bypass/MD 24 intersection, and Heavenly Waters Park.

Join us at the Liriodendron on Wednesday, November 16 at 6:30 to learn about Dr. Kelly and the Kelly family’s connection to the growth of transportation and housing in Bel Air in this free talk by Laura Bianca-Pruett – Planner II for the Town of Bel Air.

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required as seating is limited. Visit for reservations.

Event is fully accessible.

This special presentation is part of Dr. Kelly’s Liriodendron: Life, Legacy & Community – a year-long series of programs, supported by The Dresher Foundation, which explores the interests and influences of Dr. Howard Atwood Kelly – world-renowned surgeon, naturalist, philanthropist, and author, and one of the founders of Johns Hopkins Medical School and Hospital.