Monday, February 20, 2017
Monday, February 13, 2017
Although Jesse Levering had a successful business in Baltimore, he died suddenly of cholera when Sarah was 7 years old, and his widow moved her young family to Ellicott City, and Margaret was sent to work for other families.
Monday, February 6, 2017
Friday, January 27, 2017
Interestingly, this hotel had a side balcony at track level and used as the passenger station for the new train. Then the train crossed Main Street/turnpike on the Oliver Viaduct to get to the freight station. The train service began on May 24, 1830, arriving at 9AM, 1 and 6PM for 75 cents. Its many owners have used the building as hotel, apartments and even an ice plant.
Monday, January 23, 2017
Monday, January 16, 2017
Did Peter Cooper's steam locomotive "Tom Thumb" race a horse drawn train car, as told by John Latrobe years later? He said Cooper's new steam engine was winning until "the band which drove the pulley, which drove the blower, slipped from the drum." The daughter of one of the B&O directors, was on that "trial trip" and often related how Mr. Jenifer's horse on the turnpike won due to the "slipping of a belt on the engine." She also remembered how their "clothes and umbrellas were ruined by sparks thrown from the smokestack." So, maybe it did happen...or not.
Monday, January 9, 2017
HERE, horse, and then, steam engines. Initially horses were on the track pulling the train like a wagon, but for a short trial, horses were riding along, walking on "an endless apron or belt" connected to the wheels. Another sketch shows passengers riding beside the horse. The B&O horse car did not last long, especially an early trip with the "cowed editors" of various newspapers. How were they cowed? The train hit a cow, the car rolled down the embankment and "after countless bad jokes being perpetrated on the cowed editors, passed out of existence, and probably out of mind."
Monday, January 2, 2017
The sail in a basket rail-car was created by Evan Thomas (1781-1863), who with his brother Philip, promoted the building of a railroad from Baltimore. He traveled to Europe and studied a new railroad in UK. Upon Evan's return, John Eager Howard hosted a dinner at Belvidere in 1825 (or 1826) to discuss the possibility of a railroad. In Feb, 1827, 25 merchants and influential men met at the home of George Brown to form the B&O.
Monday, December 19, 2016
A British barrister, Henry Lantham (c1828-1871) kept a journal during his three month trip around the US in 1866. He spent Christmas Eve in Ellicott Mills, where egg-nogging was common when visiting, and guns were fired every 10 minutes "giving one the idea that the war had not ended yet at Ellicott's Mills." Egg nog was made cold and served cold, made from egg yolks, brandy, cream, milk mixed then topped with whipped egg whites. Sugar-plums were given.
Monday, December 12, 2016
In a story from a NY ladies magazine in 1837, a visiting Frenchman forgot the name Ellicott's mills, but remembered that it sounded like the English word for jacket (cote/coat); so in broken English he asked a sailor what his jacket was called. Unfortunately he was at the Ellicott wharf in Baltimore, not the mills - which is why he could not see the mills with the whur, whur, whur of the wheel to grind the floo (flour). The Frenchman was more than thirteen miles away from the mills. The arrow shows the location of the early Ellicott wharf at the end of Light Street (north-south) and Pratt Street (west-east) Baltimore.
Monday, November 28, 2016
Down stream on the Patapsco River from Ellicotts mill was a corn mill (which occasionally could grind flour) eerily called Dismal Mill, built in 1761 by Baltimorian John Cornthwaite. By 1831 George Ellicott Jr. (1798-1869) had erected the 3 story stone Dismal Mill Factory or Ilchester Mill at that site and constructed a 3 story home. Ellicott sold his home in 1866 to the Redemptorists who started a college renamed a few years later as St. Mary's College.
Monday, November 14, 2016
Monday, November 7, 2016
Monday, October 31, 2016
The Manor in 1874 was described in Appletons’ Journal as being a typical Maryland 5 part home - center being only 30 feet deep, two wings with thin connecting passageways to a kitchen at one end and a Catholic chapel on the other at 300 feet. Built on an "artificial knoll" it's story and a half was raised to 2 stories and a flat roof by Charles Carroll of Carrollton's grandson.
Monday, October 24, 2016
Monday, October 17, 2016
What's a tarpeian? It was an outcropping or cliff of Capitoline Hill towards the Patapsco River in Ellicotts' Mills (now Ellicott City). Above it was and is the home "Castle Angelo" and the county courthouse is further back on top. It was named for the cliff off Capitoline Hill in Rome, Italy. The rock blocked the new B & O rail road route from Baltimore along the Patapsco River, so a cut of 60 feet was needed for the railroad track to pass. Etched into the remaining pillar of stone was: "completed April 1831 James Fresh." A huge chunk of rock remained (the white bit in the image between the house and tracks) and with the Castle, became a tourist site until it was totally removed for a second track in 1859.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
The Latrobe Stove was so popular that The Century Dictionary listed "latrobe" as a generic label for all similarly designed stoves. It "arranged for heating floors above by means of a hot-air flue fitted with a damper and register." The Latrobe Stove was also called Baltimore Heater, Parlor stove or Fire-place Stove and initially made by the Latrobe Stove foundry. JHB Latrobe was a multi-talented man - B&O railroad lawyer, inventor, helped found and led organizations such as the Maryland Historical Society, and more HERE . He thought about the problem after hearing "a complaint made by his wife, that the stoves then used (the "Franklin" and others) occupied so much space. He said he could remedy this, and would make a stove to be placed in the fireplace."
Monday, October 3, 2016
Monday, September 26, 2016
Overlooking his brother Benjamin Latrobe Jr.'s magnificent Thomas Viaduct (more on the B & O Railroad stone bridge HERE), and seen by the RR passengers, John H. B. Latrobe had a country house "Fairy Knowe" designed by Robert Carey Long Jr. who also designed Patapsco Institute and Mt. Ida. Latrobe, son of the architect of the US Capitol, owned and designed a cottage, "Maryland Row", at White Sulpher Springs and was the lawyer for the B & O Railroad. Below is a floor plan of #1 and Latrobe's description of #2 designed with John Niernsee...