All About Bel Air

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All About Bel Air

Jenna Ranney

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Originally in 1731, the town of Bel Air was called “Scott’s Old Fields” because it was part of a land grant issued to Daniel Scott. In March 1782, “Belle Aire” was designated the county seat of Harford County. At the turn of the twentieth century, the “e” and the second “l” was dropped. A few years later the “e” dropped from the end of “Bele.” The town began with only 42 lots along Main Street including the Court house, county hail, and sheriff’s office. Population started out slow, but after the Civil War the Ma&Pa trail brought in lots of residents, and continued to expand over the years. Since 1980, the town and it has grown substantially. Today, Bel Air is the center for governmental, educational, cultural, medical, and commercial institutions in the county.

Bel Air has earned the slogan of “The Heart of Harford” with the various county and state agencies, regional medical facilities, shopping, entertainment, and recreation opportunities conveniently placed within easy access for citizens of Harford County.

The Ma&Pa trail runs through Bel Air but also connects Forest Hill to Fallston. The goal of the trail is to preserve the memory of the historic rail transportation route from York to Baltimore. Today parts of the trail are still being connected for more access to other parts of Harford County. Along this trail you can walk, run, or bike through the scenic routes. This trail is a great place to walk dogs and get together with friends or the community to walk or run.

Bel Air also offers special events for everyone to come and get involved in the community. Here is a list of the events Bel Air has to offer every year:

  • Arbor Day Celebration
  • BBQ Bash
  • Christmas Parade
  • Sweets on the Streets
  • Concerts
  • Farmers Market
  • Film Festival
  • First Fridays
  • Garden Mart
  • Girls Night Out
  • Independence Day
  • Outdoor Movies


Through the months of May-October, Bel Air is offering block parties every first Friday of these months. This includes local live music, pit beef from The Tower, treats from La Cakerie, face painting, games and more. To add to it, admission is always free and is located on Main Street!

Visit the Bel Air website listed belowfor more information about our very own town of Bel Air and get involved! There are many activities for everyone to join in.

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