In August 1955 the Harrison family opened a new concept family park. A story-book-land. And it was a success. It closed in 1989 and luckily, after 2004, many of the buildings and figures were moved to Clark's Elioak Farm, restored and now part of the popular petting farm.
Monday, May 14, 2018
Monday, April 30, 2018
Now all gone, one mill on the Bonnie Branch river was preserved in photos and described in this 1907 article. Wooden gears are also described from the Ellicotts' Gwynn Falls mill, and the problems they had with Oliver Evans, 200 years ago.
Monday, April 16, 2018
Wendel Bollman (1814-1884) from Baltimore started working for the B&O railroad and created a more stable bridge of iron for the trains. His first iron bridge was at Savage in 1850, and received a patent in 1852. Many photos (one of Mr. Bollman) and information at link below.
Monday, April 2, 2018
Monday, March 26, 2018
Originally it had wood siding, but it now has stone to match the current home.
Sunday, March 18, 2018
Monday, March 12, 2018
Monday, March 5, 2018
Elizabeth (Ellicott) Lea (1793-1858) was born in Ellicott’s mills to
George and Elizabeth (Brooke) Ellicott, the son of one of the
founding Quaker brothers. In 1812, she married Thomas
Lea Jr. (1789-1829) at the New Elkridge Meeting House in Ellicott City,
and lived at his family mills near Wilmington, DE.
After moving to her mother’s Brooke family lands near Sandy
Spring MD in 1823, Lea’s husband died and left her to
raise their large family at "Walnut Hill" farm. Lea sent her newly
married daughter a recipe manuscript which was first published
in 1845. Domestic Cookery went through two more editions -1846, 1851 -and numerous printings during the next 40 years.
Monday, February 26, 2018
The Maryland Society for promoting the abolition of slavery, and the relief of poor negroes and others unlawfully held in bondage
Elias Ellicott, one son of Ellicott City founder Andrew Ellicott, was a founding member and on the 'acting committee' of the Maryland Society was also a member of the Philadelphia Abolition Society (logo on left). The Maryland Society, founded 1789, was the sixth in the world after Phila, NY, London, Paris and Delaware. Constitution, bylaws and founding members (by 1797 membership had increased to 231) from a book 90 years later...
Monday, February 19, 2018
Tom Randall was the son of Julia Bacon, a slave who was the cook at Howard House. The Howard House hotel, built in 1850 contained a bar and dining room in addition to the bedrooms. Randall told his story in the WPA's Slave Narrative Project in 1936.
Monday, February 12, 2018
She found out that it was the old "Ellicott City Colored School", the first publicly funded school for African Americans in Howard County, Maryland. Tirelessly working to restore and fill the old building, Buckner saw that it became a museum.
Monday, February 5, 2018
The stone section under the porch roof was the original jail built in 1851 and is behind the courthouse built in 1843. The National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom website HERE
Sunday, January 28, 2018
Monday, January 22, 2018
Sunday, January 14, 2018
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.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
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)