Arden's history started with the Sunrise Beach organization advertising 1/4 acre cottage sites for sale during 1951 and 1952 in local Baltimore newspapers for as low at $495 per lot, specifically highlighting, "Your own summer cottage where you can swim, sail, fish, and spend every summer evening with your family enjoying life as it was meant to be lived - and all within 14 miles of the Baltimore City line."
ROBIN HOOD & POKER GAMES
Original Sunrise Beach Sales Office
SUNRISE BEACH TO ARDEN
Earliest Dated Sales Advertisement
Knowing that the area was formerly known as "Arden," the members of the first civic association worked to change the name of the community from Sunrise Beach to Arden On The Severn. Interestingly, this effort was undertaken because several lot owners wanted to build homes and were unable to secure mortgages due to the lenders' claim that the name "Sunrise Beach" carried the connotation of a beach community; they assumed the proposed homes would not retain their value if surrounded by beach cottages. The name "Arden On The Severn" was voted upon and approved by the majority of lot owners. The community's new name was accepted by the Post Office, but no legal action was ever taken through the Anne Arundel County Government because of the cost involved; hence all property deeds still read "Sunrise Beach." Amazingly, over the course of more than fifty years, maps, government projects, development documents, etc., all refer to "Arden On The Severn" because of the common name.