News & Press Heritage Area Names John “Doc” Charlton 2013 Ranger of the Year
November 22, 2013
The Baltimore National Heritage Area named John “Doc” Charlton as its 2013 Urban Heritage Ranger of the Year. Although Charlton has just been with the heritage area for one season, he brings more than 20 years of experience showcasing Baltimore’s history and places to visitors.
From May through October, the heritage area provides guided walking tours of its network of urban heritage trails. For the 2013 season, urban heritage rangers began providing fascinating and informative narration on the Baltimore Trolley Tour. Charlton helped BNHA launch this new heritage tourism product and was often the lead guide for the trolley tours.
“Doc’s enthusiasm and love of Baltimore shines through every tour he gives,” said Shauntee Daniels, the heritage area’s manager of programs and partnerships. “His knowledge of the city, its people, and places is a wonderful resource to share with visitors to Baltimore.”
John “Doc” Charlton is a Baltimore native and graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 1949. He received a degree in podiatric medicine from Temple University and served in the U.S. Army. From 1957 to 1962, Charlton served as the podiatrist of the White House and President Dwight Eisenhower. He served Baltimore residents in private practice from 1964 to 1998. After retiring from medical practice, he took to his other passion — history. Charlton has worked with a variety of Baltimore tour providers and has led private tours through the historic Little Italy neighborhood.
Starting with the debut of Heritage Walk in 2005, the Baltimore National Heritage Area has built a growing network of urban heritage trails. The trails help draw visitors to the city’s historically rich neighborhoods. Other trails in the city include the Mount Vernon Cultural Walk, the Historic Fell’s Point Trail, and the Pennsylvania Avenue Heritage Trail. The heritage area is planning two additional trails highlighting the Lexington Market area and the Federal Hill/Sharp-Leadenhall neighborhoods.