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When they were building a road going west from Ellicott's Mills, the Ellicott brothers had a house built on wheels where the road workers cooked and slept. It was "drawn from place to place" and was the "first movable building seen in Maryland." Perhaps it was a small house or possibly a part of a Conestoga wagon or like a Gypsy caravan. Moving wooden or even brick buildings was surprisingly common in the US, as noted lighthouse engineer Stevenson described in 1838...
Sunday, August 7, 2016
8113 Main St., to be torn down after 2016 Ellicott City flood, had connections to Elizabeth Ellicott Lea
Elizabeth Ellicott Lea (1793-1858), whose cookbook Domestic Cookery was first published in 1845, had ties to the shorter of the two adjoining buildings due to be torn down. The old building sets over the Tiber River (usually more of a stream) on hand-hewed wooden beams forming a truss system (like a bridge). Incredible. For about 200 years these buildings have been held up by wood. [HO-586] The supporting wall between the frame (wood) buildings was destroyed during the flood, making it a hazard. Lea was born in the George Ellicott home (below).