Martha Ellicott Tyson, her grandmother, helped found Swathmore College, wrote a biography of
Benjamin Banneker and was the daughter of George Ellicott. Lilly bought the old hilltop girls school in 1891.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Monday, March 13, 2017
"Wilde Lake" - Laura Littman's Columbia sites photos: Old Oakland Farm, People's Tree and Wilde Lake
Once part of the vast lands of Charles Sterrett Ridgely's Oakland mansion HERE , the stone home "Old Oakland" was the farm complex for the estate. It is extremely close to the stone slave house, blacksmith building and other outbuildings HERE . It must be the inspiration for the Laura Littman mystery "Wilde Lake"
Monday, March 6, 2017
Edith Clarke (1883-1959), a gifted mathematician, was raised in the John R. Clark home “Arlington”. She attended numerous colleges including Vassar (1908) and MIT (1919) and had a variety of jobs with the longest at General Electric 1919-1945. Her abilities were finally recognized and she was advanced to an engineer – a job previously closed to women. She invented the Clarke calculator, patented in 1921. After retiring, she taught for ten years at the University of Texas in Austin, then returned to Maryland.