Museum of Howard County History

Museum of Howard County History A connection to the history, people, places and events of Howard County, Maryland.
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Operating as usual

Photos from Maryland History Tours's post
07/16/2021

Photos from Maryland History Tours's post

Stop by this weekend to check out the new improved used book sale.
07/15/2021

Stop by this weekend to check out the new improved used book sale.

Stop by this weekend to check out the new improved used book sale.

Join the County Executive, George Ellicott, Benjamin Banneker and others today at 2 pm @ the Thomas Isaac Log Cabin.
07/15/2021
Ellicott City Celebrates 250th Year Anniversary

Join the County Executive, George Ellicott, Benjamin Banneker and others today at 2 pm @ the Thomas Isaac Log Cabin.

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (WBFF) -- On Howard County Executive Calvin Ball will present a ceremonial check to the Ellicott City Sestercentennial Commemoration (EC250) on Thursday, July 15th at 2:00 p. m. The funding will help provide year-long community events in 2022 to mark the founding of Ellicott City....

Free admission to the B&O in Baltimore! Learn about the importance of Ellicott Mills to the birth of the railroad.  Afte...
07/14/2021

Free admission to the B&O in Baltimore! Learn about the importance of Ellicott Mills to the birth of the railroad.
After your visit there, come back to OEC to visit our FREE museum, open until 5 P.M., then dine at one of Ellicott City's many restaurants!

Don't forget to plan your visit for this Sunday's FREE B&O Community Day! Join us as we showcase the results of the B&O Street Art Project with crafts, a tour, a train ride, a special performance by the Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra, and more! See full schedule of events and plan your visit at http://BORail.events/CommunityDays

#Community #Create #Art #StreetArt #BORailroad #Bmore #MyBmore #BmoreArtists #FamilyFriendly #Tour #Music #LiveMusic

Sign up today while space is available for JULY'S Ellicott City Historic Walking Tour!Learn the amazing history of our 2...
07/12/2021

Sign up today while space is available for JULY'S Ellicott City Historic Walking Tour!
Learn the amazing history of our 250 year old town from our expert guide, from the arrival of the Ellicott brothers to the Civil War and beyond. Tour starts at 11 AM on Saturday July 31st!
Register here: https://bit.ly/3yQCLx4

Sign up today while space is available for JULY'S Ellicott City Historic Walking Tour!
Learn the amazing history of our 250 year old town from our expert guide, from the arrival of the Ellicott brothers to the Civil War and beyond. Tour starts at 11 AM on Saturday July 31st!
Register here: https://bit.ly/3yQCLx4

While the 5,800 Federal troops under General Lew Wallace which had fought and delayed Jubal Early's 14,000 Confederate s...
07/06/2021

While the 5,800 Federal troops under General Lew Wallace which had fought and delayed Jubal Early's 14,000 Confederate soldiers, artillery and cavalry at Monocacy Junction on July 9th retreated to Ellicott's Mills, Early's men continued down the Rockville Pike (now MD355) attacking the northwest defenses of Washington on July 12, 1864.

Had it not been for the bravery of the Union troops at Monocacy, which allowed time for reinforcements to reach Washington, the capitol city may have been captured or destroyed.

While the 5,800 Federal troops under General Lew Wallace which had fought and delayed Jubal Early's 14,000 Confederate soldiers, artillery and cavalry at Monocacy Junction on July 9th retreated to Ellicott's Mills, Early's men continued down the Rockville Pike (now MD355) attacking the northwest defenses of Washington on July 12, 1864.

Had it not been for the bravery of the Union troops at Monocacy, which allowed time for reinforcements to reach Washington, the capitol city may have been captured or destroyed.

After 178 years, today was the final day the Howard County Circuit Courthouse was used for official judicial duties.(pho...
07/03/2021

After 178 years, today was the final day the Howard County Circuit Courthouse was used for official judicial duties.
(photo credit Capitol Photos)

After 178 years, today was the final day the Howard County Circuit Courthouse was used for official judicial duties.
(photo credit Capitol Photos)

Home Page - Howard County Historical Society
07/02/2021
Home Page - Howard County Historical Society

Home Page - Howard County Historical Society

Preservation. Education. FascinationThe Howard County Historical Society is home to the county’s most complete collection of historical records and artifacts. Discover Our Mission HCHS Receives Grant from National Endowment for the HumanitiesAs part of the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic...

From immigrant to entrepreneur...
06/30/2021

From immigrant to entrepreneur...

06/30/2021

The Museum of Howard County History will be closed on Sunday July 4th in observance of the holiday. Thank you.

Congratulations to Ron Peters!
06/25/2021

Congratulations to Ron Peters!

06/21/2021

PAINT IT! ELLICOTT CITY 2021 AWARDS

The winners of our Paint It! Ellicott City 2021 awards were announced at our virtual reception on Friday night. In case you missed it, here’s a list of the award winners:

Juror’s Awards, presented by Lynn Mehta:
Gino Award, $1,000 - Michael Kotarba, Water Like Wine
Gino Award, $1,000 - Rajendra KC, Little Market Cafe
2nd Place, $900 - Erin Pryor Gill, Rainy Day at Frederick Rd.
3rd Place, $800 - Marita Hines, Flowers for Sale
4th Place, $700 - Nish*ta Jain, Trolley Trail Walk
5th Place, $600 - Christine Rapa, A Sunday Kind of Love
40th Anniversary Award, $400 - Jane Knighton, Peaceful Pond
Honorable Mention, $150 - Tom Ritchie, Rainy Day Lunch Bunch
Honorable Mention, $150 - J. Stacy Rogers, Down Main Street
Honorable Mention, $150 - Bruno Baran, Through a Rainy Windshield: Babe Ruth’s Church
Honorable Mention, $150 - Kathleen Kotarba, Built to Last

AARP Maryland Awards:
AARP Juried Artist Award - Amanda Milliner, Meet Me at the Cafe
AARP Open Paint Award - Moonjoo Lee, Where the Reflection Lies

Patapsco Heritage Greenway Award:
Best Depiction of the Patapsco - Kathleen Gray Farthing, Rush

Blossoms of Hope Award:
Best Depiction of Nature - Nish*ta Jain, Trolley Trail Walk

Carole Zink Open Paint Award - Andrea Naft, Reunion in Ellicott City

HCAC Director’s Choice Open Paint Awards:
40th Anniversary Open Paint Award - Ronaldo Dorado, Running Wild
Honorable Mention - Barbara Kern-Bush, Ellicott City Fire House
Honorable Mention - Collin Cessna, Chalks on Main Street
Youth Art Award - Henry Kigin, Mr. Blue House

Congratulations to all!

Paint It! awards were made possible through the generous support of these sponsors: The Manelli Family, AARP of Maryland, Blossoms of Hope, Patapsco Heritage Greenway, and the Family of Carole Zink.

We'd also like to thank our media and hospitality sponsor, Visit Howard County, as well as our juried and community artists; juror Lynn Mehta; Ellicott City’s Main Street business community; and our Paint It! spectators for helping to make this event such a success. We hope to see all of you again next year!

Our Paint It! Ellicott City 2021 juried exhibition is on view at the Center for the Arts through August 7. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Thursday 10am-8pm and Saturday 10am-4pm. The exhibit is also available to view online at https://artspaces.kunstmatrix.com/en/exhibition/6503729/paint-it-ellicott-city-2021.

An exhibit of work by our Open Paint artists is on display at the Howard County Welcome Center through July 24 and can also be viewed online at https://artspaces.kunstmatrix.com/en/exhibition/6954869/open-paint-2021-community-exhibit

Pictured: Little Market Cafe by Rajendra KC, winner of the Gino Award (photo by Dan J. Goodrich)

06/21/2021

Limited space is still available for June's Ellicott City Historic Walking Tour!
Learn the amazing history of our 250 year old town from our expert guide, from the arrival of the Ellicott brothers to the Civil War and beyond.
Tour starts at 11 AM- Register here:
https://ffchistoricaltours.com/.../ellicott-city-walking.../

Limited space is still available for June's Ellicott City Historic Walking Tour!Learn the amazing history of our 250 yea...
06/21/2021

Limited space is still available for June's Ellicott City Historic Walking Tour!
Learn the amazing history of our 250 year old town from our expert guide, from the arrival of the Ellicott brothers to the Civil War and beyond.

Tour starts at 11 AM- Register here:
https://ffchistoricaltours.com/home-2/ellicott-city-walking-tour/

Limited space is still available for June's Ellicott City Historic Walking Tour!
Learn the amazing history of our 250 year old town from our expert guide, from the arrival of the Ellicott brothers to the Civil War and beyond.

Tour starts at 11 AM- Register here:
https://ffchistoricaltours.com/home-2/ellicott-city-walking-tour/

06/18/2021

Just Announced 📣 Main Street Music Festival is BACK for 2021 on Saturday, September 18th from 12-8pm! 🎶

We couldn't be more excited to make this announcement - so mark your calendars NOW! 🗓

This year, we'll have 3 outdoor stages and several indoor vendor locations hosting 40+ of the best indie artists from across the Mid-Atlantic region. 🎸

In addition to some amazing live music, we'll also have family-friendly fun with free kids' crafts and Soundcheck Rock Academy kids playing between the Main Stage Acts. 🥁

As always, the Main Street Music Festival will feature great local food, drink and artisan crafts from dozens of vendors and our 60+ OEC businesses. 🍻

Stay tuned as we roll out details in the weeks and months ahead, and look forward to an amazing day in Old Ellicott City! ✔️

Visit our website for complete details on the Main Street Music Festival including food and craft vendor applications
https://visitoldellicottcity.com/event-pro/main-street-music-fest/

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Photos from Howard County Historical Society's post
06/04/2021

Photos from Howard County Historical Society's post

05/28/2021

The Museum of Howard County History has closed early today sorry for the inconvenience please stop back on Saturday between 1 and 5

05/27/2021

🎉CHESAPEAKE SHAKESPEARE COMPANY IN-THE-RUINS IS BACK!

Rediscover the magic of Shakespeare under the stars at the enchanting PFI Ruins! After fifteen long months of waiting, we celebrate with THE ADVENTURES OF PERICLES as we return at last to live performances with this imaginative and dynamic production.

Bring a picnic. Bring your kids. Bring your heart and mind. You'll have a ball!

For tickets and more information visit chesapeakeshakespeare.com/Pericles

#ChesapeakeShakespeare #shareyourshakespeare #Pericles #summertheatre #howardcounty #howardcountymd #ellicottcity #ellicottcitymd Howard County Arts Council Visit Howard County Howard County Recreation and Parks Calvin Ball

05/24/2021

On this day in B&O history! On May 24th, 1830, the first 13 miles of the Baltimore and Ohio opened for public traffic. The journey between Baltimore and Ellicott’s Mills was by horse drawn railcar, A one-way trip only took one and a half hours to complete, with a stopover at Relay to change horses. The new railroad was an immediate success as the journey by horse drawn railcar was much faster and more comfortable than the equivalent journey by stage coach. This was the first regular rail service in the United States. However, horse drawn railcars would be quickly be replaced by Steam Locomotives which were being developed at the same time. To learn more about early railroad history, stop by the Ellicott City Station Museum between Wednesdays and Sundays and see our replica of the Pioneer car, the first horse drawn railcar to make the journey on the Railroad!

Photos from EC250's post
05/24/2021

Photos from EC250's post

05/21/2021

Huge donation to our used book sale. Everything from kid's books like Babysitters Club to 1960s counter culture. Come check it out.

05/11/2021

From Our Past!

On this date in Ellicott City history, May 11, 1861, the Winans Steam Gun is captured in then Ellicott’s Mills by the Union Army. The gun was referred to as an “infernal machine of death”, supposedly firing up to 300 rounds per minute. The gun was actually built by Charles Dickinson – it was apparently stored at a building owned by Winans – thus guilt by association! When captured, it was reportedly on its way to Harpers Ferry to be handed over to the Confederate Army. The gun never saw use in any battles during the Civil War
Image – Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, May 18, 1861

Photos from Ellicott City Partnership's post
05/07/2021

Photos from Ellicott City Partnership's post

Photos from Howard County Historical Society's post
05/06/2021

Photos from Howard County Historical Society's post

Used book sale just got an influx of American Heritage books spanning 1961-1990. Come check them out.
04/30/2021

Used book sale just got an influx of American Heritage books spanning 1961-1990. Come check them out.

Used book sale just got an influx of American Heritage books spanning 1961-1990. Come check them out.

Walking Tours and Upcoming Lectures from HCHS
04/29/2021
Walking Tours and Upcoming Lectures from HCHS

Walking Tours and Upcoming Lectures from HCHS

Ellicott City, located in the Howard County, Maryland has a deep and rich history that stretches back to colonial times. We are running unique walking tours every Saturday with expert guides that will touch on many points of this great American town’s history and culture.

Museum neighbors, please keep an eye out for little Daisy.
04/25/2021

Museum neighbors, please keep an eye out for little Daisy.

Museum neighbors, please keep an eye out for little Daisy.

04/24/2021

George Ellicott found this plat showing the boundaries of his family's first land purchase on the Patapsco in 1771, 250 years ago today. He's pointing out the curve in the river around the Mill and trying to figure out where these boundaries fall today. The landscape has changed quite a bit since his Uncle John built the first mill here. If you have any information that can help George understand the earliest deeds and the changes around here, he'd love to hear from you.

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8328 Court Avenue
Ellicott City, MD
21043

General information

The Museum of Howard County History is CLOSED THROUGH JANUARY 27, 2017 FOR MAINTENANCE. Please email [email protected] for more information.

Opening Hours

Friday 1pm - 5pm
Saturday 1pm - 5pm
Sunday 1pm - 5pm

Telephone

(410) 480-3250

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Announcing the release of a new historical novel set in Ellicott City in 1908: Mile Marker Ten is available today on Amazon and Barnes & Noble! By local author, Michael Maloney, Mile Marker Ten weaves an exhilarating tale from true events described in clippings from the Baltimore Sun, the Ellicott City Times, and other newspapers. It is a vivid portrayal a time of transformation, not unlike our own, driven by rapid technology and social change.
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