Rebecca Garrett's mother was freed by Sarah (Cord) Anderson in her 1805 will. Later, Rebecca spent about 20 years living free in Baltimore with her freedman husband William Garrett and ten children. Thomas Anderson and son Isaac reclaimed Rebecca and some of her children in 1849. She was freed by a Baltimore County court, but on appeal, was returned to the Andersons.
Summer homes outside of Baltimore gave respite from the "inferno in Summer" but the ride on the B & O railroad train was "regarded as heroic" leaving them "hot, dusty and worn-out" revived by the mint juleps on the front porch. H. L. Mencken (1880-1856) spent two summers at "Vineyard" on the hill by the Patapsco Institute.
The Baltimore writer H. L. Mencken (1880-1954) spent a couple of summers as a child in a Civil War era home on the hill across from the Patapsco Institute. His father and uncle commuted to Baltimore during the week, as Mencken explored the grounds. He wrote his remembrances in his book Happy Days: 1880-1892.