So, back in the 1830s the discriminating tourist wanted to see all that Baltimore had to offer, even trollops trying to leave the primrose path! To that end, the fine writers of Picture of Baltimore knew that one of the most desirous places, known for its pleasant views and abject curiosity, is The Female Penitent’s Refuge Society!
Let’s see what our pleasant guide has to say about this upstanding establishment!
"This institution was founded in 1823, for the purpose of affording to frail and unfortunate females an opportunity of returning to the paths of virtue.
It is believed that is success has not been so commensurate with the benevolent object of its establishment, as its friends could have desired.”
From Latrobe’s Picture of Baltimore (1832)