The inn is a few hundred yards north of the spot where the last 25-cent tollgate on the Falls Road Turnpike stood, giving the inn an important location at the intersection of a turnpike and the Baltimore & Susquehanna Railroad's Green Spring Valley Branch that ran between Brooklandville and Owings Mills.
The inn was the nucleus of Green Spring Valley activity. Though illegal, cockfights held in the mid-20th century drew gamblers to the inn for prefight carousing, said [John "Bud" Hatfield Jr.]. The inn always tended to attract a rural, upper-class clientele for such events. Spectators from the Maryland Whippet Club, which operated the dog track, also were frequent visitors.
Photo(s); 1. The Valley Inn, on Falls Road in Brooklandville, is one of the oldest businesses in Baltimore County. It opened in 1832 to serve travelers along what was then a private turnpike. 2. John Brown's was rebuilt in 1938 after fire destroyed the original structure, which is thought to date from the mid-18th century.; Credit: GENE SWEENEY JR. : SUN STAFF PHOTOS