During the Civil War, Joe Nick drove a pair of horses with a covered wagon from his master Reuben Rogers' ("a lawyer and farmer") farm to join the Union Army. In Ellicott City he hopped aboard a freight train going west. Nick returned in uniform in June 1865, and Rogers had him put in the EC jail as a fugitive slave. The US Marshall freed Nick and arrested Rogers. The story was retold by "the younger generation" as "Old Nick: Rogers lemon." The photo (left) is of an unknown soldier in the Library of Congress collection.
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There are two "New Year's Gifts" in Howard County. "Linden Grove" was built by Capt. John Worthington Dorsey in 1817 near Ellicott City (now Columbia area). The other, "Villa de Speranza," (image on left) was built circa 1730 as a log house, with 1788 additions in the western part of Howard County.
Sunday, December 24, 2017
Someone from Ellicott's Mills - M. C. P. (Pue?) wrote a poem about Christmas for the magazine The Little Pilgrim (Phila: April, 1856)
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
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are the remains of Elkridge Furnace in early 1900s.
Monday, October 9, 2017
Riding the new B&O railroad from Baltimore was a novel 'excursion', and was described in the 1833 book: A Complete View of Baltimore
Monday, October 2, 2017
François Alexandre Frédéric de La Rochefoucauld, Duke of Rochefoucauld (1747-1827) escaped France during the Revolution for England then sailed to America, finally returning to France.
Monday, September 25, 2017
By 1857 the B&O railroad had a kitchen and dining car combo but the restaurant in the Relay House (in picture) still offered a breakfast of "Maryland luxuries" of "softcrabs" and "spring-chickens" which tasted like "luscious flavor of solidified cream browned over a hickory fire in clover scented butter." The article also described the stone viaducts, Bollman's iron bridge, granite and iron works.
Monday, September 18, 2017
The second smallest county in Maryland, Howard County was described in the 1882 book Industries of Maryland, in particular Ellicott City (population 1,600) and Elk Ridge Landing (400). Among the attributes were the several "streams" providing waterpower, limestone, granite quarries, iron ore and good soil.
Monday, September 11, 2017
Poe was the son of Elizabeth Ross Ellicott (1810-1881) and George Poe (1808, or 1807-1879).
Monday, September 4, 2017
"Lafayette's troops camped here April 17-18, 1781 on the way to engage Cornwallis in Virginia. George Washington passed many times." Elk Ridge Landing marker on Rt. 1.
Monday, August 28, 2017
A previous post on 'Rolling Roads' HERE showed one way of transporting large hogsheads of tobacco to Elk-ridge and other ports. In addition to 'rolling in hoops' by hand, the large barrels were pulled by horses, put in wagons, in 'upland boats' or on two canoes.