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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Maryland History Tours
02/06/2020

Maryland History Tours

RESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER!! If you are a ticket holder for tonight's Galentine's Ghostly Pub Crawl event, please CHECK YOUR EMAIL! Due to the 80% chance of heavy rainfall this evening, we have bumped the event back to Feb. 13. Please plan to join us that night, OR contact us for a refund at [email protected]. Thanks and stay dry!

Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum
01/24/2020

Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum

Tomorrow, January 25, join members of the 1st Maryland Volunteer at the B&O Ellicott City Station Museum! Discover what life was like as a Union soldier during the Civil War, and watch the soldiers perform various drills and demonstrations. The event, along with museum admission, is free.

01/23/2020

Recorded at the museum!

Howard County Historical Society
01/17/2020

Howard County Historical Society

"Year of the Howard County Woman"
Profile #2: Martha Tyson Ellicott

Martha Ellicott Tyson (1795 – 1873)

Martha Ellicott was the daughter of George and Elizabeth Ellicott. Her grandfather was one of the founding fathers of Ellicott Mills, Andrew Ellicott.

Martha Ellicott Tyson was an author, an early historian and social activist championing anti-slavery and women’s right issues of her day. A profound believer in education, she was the key founder of Swathmore College in 1864, one of the first coeducational colleges in America.

She documented much of the early history of Ellicott Mills in her book, “Settlement of Ellicott Mills.” Martha also wrote two biographies of Benjamin Banneker, one of the first African American scientists, astronomers and surveyors in the United States. She also documented her meeting with Native American “Little Turtle” in 1807.

She married Nathan Tyson (from a prominent Quaker family) and together raised 12 children. At the age of 35, she was chosen as an Elder of the Baltimore Quaker Meeting.

Howard County Historical Society
01/10/2020

Howard County Historical Society

Howard County Historical Society
01/10/2020

Howard County Historical Society

The Year of the Howard County Woman kicks off our yearlong celebration with our founder:

Alda Tyson Hopkins Clark (1891 – 1969)

The benefactress and founder of the Howard County Historical Society, Alda Hopkins Clark purchased the First Presbyterian Church in the historic district in 1958 to serve as the home of the Historical Society and as a memorial for her distinguished husband, Judge James Clark, Sr.

Alda Tyson Hopkins was born at White Hall in 1891, one of five children born to Samuel and Martha Tyson Smith Hopkins.
She was a descendant of the prominent Hopkins, Tyson and Ellicott families. She attended the exclusive private school Arlington Institute of Virginia and the balance of her education was provided by her mother and governesses. Mrs. Clark’s varied accomplishments clearly speak of her many talents and multiple interests. Among her many talents, she was one of the first women in Howard County to drive a car in the early 1900s.

From a young age, her love of horses led her to a career in thoroughbred horse breeding and riding. She was a “hands on” trainer and groomed some of the finest race horses in Maryland. In 1930, she founded the Howard County Hunt Club and held many events at her home at Keewaydin and Doughoregan Manor. She married James Clark, Sr. a renowned lawyer and Judge in Howard County. Judge Clark bought Keewaydin for Alda to raise and breed horses. She had four sons with Judge Clark – James, Jr., John, Joseph and Samuel.

Her passion for horses led her to write the book “Hold Hard” which documents her life in horse breeding, horse shows and riding. It was also reflected in her artistic ability in ceramics which echoes her love for the hunt club life. Her artistic talents extended to painting many scenic paintings of Ellicott City.

Orchard Park
01/02/2020

Orchard Park

Check out this incredible painting of #OldEllicottcity's iconic Museum of Howard County History by local artist Rebecca Scheuerman! 🎨

IG Credit: 📸 rebeccascheuerman

#localhistory

01/01/2020

2019 Is History!
Happy, safe and healthy New Year!

Best of luck to our friends at the Phoenix as they make new history.
12/30/2019

Best of luck to our friends at the Phoenix as they make new history.

In February of 1997 I answered a newspaper job listing for a bar manager at a new brewery in Ellicott City. I had been to Ellicott City once before, on a date in college. My mother had to navigate me into town reading from a paper map book while I listened on my flip phone. I took that job at Ellicott Mills Brewing Company and the rest is history. My first hire was a gorgeous waitress who is now my wife of 20 years and mother of my two sons.
I stayed at Ellicott Mills for two years before venturing off to try my hand at other opportunities. When it was time to purchase my own restaurant, I could think of nowhere better than Ellicott City. I purchased the Phoenix in October of 2001 at 29 years old. Owning the Phoenix has defined my professional career. I love Ellicott City and cannot fathom the possibility of the Phoenix not being on Main Street. The floods of 2016 and 2018 have taken a financial, physical, and emotional toll on my family, our staff, and all of our families, friends, and community that we continue to process to this very day. But we do not stop.
We have entered into an agreement with Howard County to sell our leasehold interest in the Phoenix effective April 1, 2020. March 31, 2020 will be our last day of operation of the Phoenix at 8049 Main Street. We have also entered into an agreement to purchase Ellicott Mills Brewing Company, bringing my Ellicott City experience full circle. Chef/Owner Richard Winter will retire following the transition after spending a lifetime of service in the kitchen. He will be sorely missed. Co-Owner Timothy Kendzierski and the management team of Dwayne Bouvere, Carrie Foley, and Jamie Voss will stay on as we navigate the merging of these two iconic Ellicott City businesses and will remain as we take this new venture into the future.
Effective January 1, the Phoenix will be operating both locations. The Phoenix will operate as normal through March 31. Ellicott Mills Brewing Company will operate as normal as we figure out our next steps together. We are eternally grateful for the support of our community and are overjoyed with the opportunity to remain a part of Ellicott City’s resurgence.

Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services
12/24/2019

Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services

On this day in 1953:

Our department lost two heroes - Captain Charles Ditch and Lieutenant Joseph Stigler.

On Christmas Eve 1953, two Howard County police officers were on patrol when they noticed smoke coming from a home in the 4000 block of Old Columbia Pike.

Units from Ellicott City and surrounding stations were dispatched to the fire scene. The fire was being brought under control when the water supply system failed and the units were forced to shuttle water from a hydrant on Main Street.

By 3:45 am on Christmas Day, the fire was out and the large 18-room home had been reduced to a mere shell. As crews began cleaning up their equipment, the chimney suddenly collapsed without warning. It buried four Ellicott City firemen; Firefighters Charles Ash and Charles Massey were severely injured but survived the collapse. Captain Charles Ditch and Lieutenant Joseph Stigler suffered fatal injuries.

Charles Ditch was 44 years old at the time of his death. He joined the department in June 1931 and rose the rank of Captain. He left behind a wife and young daughter, Beverly, who went on to serve more than 25 years as the department’s Administrative Services Officer.

Joseph Stigler was 34 years old when he died in the line of duty. He joined the department in December of 1937 and rose to the rank of Lieutenant. Lt. Stigler left behind a wife and three small children including his son, Joseph Junior, who was born just a few days after his father was killed.

12/24/2019

The Howard County Historical Society Archives in Miller Library and The Museum of Howard County History in Ole Elliott City will be closed starting today and will reopen in the new year. The Archives will reopen on January 2 while the Museum will be open for Jan. 3 Lunch Lecture, but will be closed in January for annual maintenance. From everyone at the Historical Society, we wish everyone a Happy Holidays and a Great New Year.

12/21/2019
Howard County Executive Calvin Ball

These are good at the Museum too!

As you finish your holiday shopping, I encourage you to support our local, small, and independent businesses, especially those located Old Ellicott City and Savage Mill, our two historic mill towns.

Thank you to Visit Howard County, the Patapsco Valley Heritage Area, Maryland Historical Trust, Howard County Economic Development Authority, Ellicott City Partnership, and Historic Savage Mill for your partnerships and continued community engagement.

Holiday Concerts this Weekend!
12/18/2019
Holiday Concerts this Weekend!

Holiday Concerts this Weekend!

FREE FOR HCHS MEMBERS SEATS STILL AVAILABLE Centennial Brass Midwinter Revels: "Ghosts of Christmas Brassed" w/ soprano Wendy Baird Friday, December 20th, 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Howard County Police Department
12/17/2019

Howard County Police Department

Are you missing a bike?? HCPD’s Neighborhood Community Resource Officer (NCRO) Section has recovered numerous bicycles and parts (and one unicycle) from a property in the 10700 block of Cordage Walk in Columbia. We suspect these items are likely stolen, due to the quantity, their condition and a history of community complaints. If you are the rightful owner of any of these items, email ([email protected]) with your name, contact information and serial number, if you have it.

A Winter Solstice Celebration
12/14/2019
A Winter Solstice Celebration

A Winter Solstice Celebration

Come join us in celebration of the Winter Solstice! After tonight the days will grow longer and we will start inching ever closer to spring.

12/10/2019

Have you seen the Ellicott City lights yet? They are truly historic!
4802 Red Hill Way, Ellicott City
Free of charge, but accepting canned food donations for the Howard County Food Bank.

A Unique Holiday Music Experience at the Museum
12/09/2019
A Winter Solstice Celebration

A Unique Holiday Music Experience at the Museum

Come join us in celebration of the Winter Solstice! After tonight the days will grow longer and we will start inching ever closer to spring.

20% off at the gift shop starting tonight for Midnight Madness!  GREAT selection of Funk Pops for through Holidays!
12/06/2019

20% off at the gift shop starting tonight for Midnight Madness! GREAT selection of Funk Pops for through Holidays!

Ellicott City Safe and Sound
12/04/2019

Ellicott City Safe and Sound

Removal of building finishes has uncovered some interesting Architectural details within 8081 Main Street (Tea on the Tiber). These include rafters secured together with wooden pegs at the roof level; and old ceramic tile previously covered found along the perimeter walls on the First Floor.

While the pegged rafters likely date to the building’s original construction circa 1830s, the timeline of tile install is likely early 1900s. It is likely that the tile was associated with the building’s use as a butcher shop between the 1870’s and 1950’s. Additionally, removal of damaged carpeting revealed likely the original location of interior walls on the Second Floor.

Historic Ellicott City By Air
12/04/2019

Historic Ellicott City By Air

Beautiful misty sunrise at Mount Ida early this morning 🌞

I wanted to take this opportunity to say a big THANK YOU ! to all of my followers. Your likes and comments are greatly appreciated and a continual source of inspiration for me.

HECBA was created as a creative outlet for my company AAIC Visual Perceptions and for my love of our hometown. I have to admit that when I started it, I never expected it to be very popular. Instead, it now has over 1700 followers ! I couldn't be happier or more appreciative. Again, THANK YOU to everyone ! Have a great hump day ! 🐪

(I should note that Mount Ida is now privately owned and the new owners have asked that people no longer visit the property. I appreciate the former owners and Historic Ellicott City, Inc. for allowing me access in the past.)

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Fablelore
12/04/2019

Fablelore

Time moves ever forward and we are one day closer to our Winter Solstice Celebration with Waylon K. Smith - WKS Soolah Hoops, LLC and Brinjal Band!! Get your tickets today and reserve your spot for an evening of music!! Thanks @moonprincess342 for the awesome flyer and Haunting Beauty Art for the Fablelore logo 🖤, we’re lucky to have such talented artists to collaborate with!!
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Starting this weekend (#ShopSmall Saturday) ALL Funko Pops in the Museum will be 20% off, while supplies last.Come check...
11/27/2019

Starting this weekend (#ShopSmall Saturday) ALL Funko Pops in the Museum will be 20% off, while supplies last.

Come check out the museum Fridays - Sundays from 1:00 5:00 and see our wonderful selection of FUNKO POPs, they make a GREAT stocking stuffer.

The Museum of Howard County History IS THE place for FUNKO Pops in Ellicott City. Our selection ranges from Historical Figures to Pop Culture Icons. $12 per "Pop" while supplies last.

Howard County Historical Society
11/27/2019
Howard County Historical Society

Howard County Historical Society

The Museum of Howard County History is Happy to participate in #Shopsmall For the Holidays this Saturday. Staring with Shop Small Saturday, the Museum gift shop will feature 20% off of ALL items. History books, images, MD Flag winter gear, FUNKO POPS, Ellicott City and Howard County gift items (to name a few) will all be marked down through the end of the year.

The Museum of Howard County History is located at 8328 Court Avenue (1st Presbyterian Church next to the Courthouse). Hours: Friday to Sunday 1:00 - 5:00, FREE Admission.

***The Museum will be closed this Friday but will be open for Shop Small Saturday***

A Winter Solstice Celebration
11/22/2019
A Winter Solstice Celebration

A Winter Solstice Celebration

Come join us in celebration of the Winter Solstice! After tonight the days will grow longer and we will start inching ever closer to spring.

some great history from our friends at the Forget Me Not Factory!  Visit them, and us, this weekend!
11/20/2019

some great history from our friends at the Forget Me Not Factory! Visit them, and us, this weekend!

Famous individuals who stayed at the hotel in the 1840s were Presidents Andrew Jackson, Martin van Buren, James Buchanan; others were Johns Hopkins, General Z. Taylor, Henry Clay and Sam Houston. [Holland, 1972]. For those historical enthusiasts here are some individuals who have visited our wonderful town. This is the present location of Georgia Grace's Cafe opposite the B&O railroad Museum. Enjoy!

Excellent talk last night by collector Jonathan Beasley about Marylanders who served in the Civil War, sponsored in part...
11/19/2019

Excellent talk last night by collector Jonathan Beasley about Marylanders who served in the Civil War, sponsored in part by the Howard County Historical Society.
Part of his amazing collection of period photographs and artifacts from Maryland, including Howard County, will be on display at the Miller Branch of the Howard County Library through December.

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8328 Court Avenue
Ellicott City, MD
21043

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

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Friday 13:00 - 17:00
Saturday 13:00 - 17:00
Sunday 13:00 - 17:00

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(410) 480-3250

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💫HISTORIC ELLICOTT CITY OPEN HOUSE TOUR 💫 Saturday 5/4 from 12pm to 4pm & Sunday 5/5 from 1pm to 3pm 6 Bed | 3 Bath | Circa 1930 | 2 Car Garage CENTENNIAL SCHOOLS! Price: $599,900 🏡 HISTORIC home tour in Ellicott City and we're featuring ~The Merson House~ which is a house registered as a historic property. It's an American Four Square that reflects many of the characteristics of this popular style including the box shape, high hipped roof, central gable dormer, and full-width front porch. The house sits on 0.62 acres.The house abuts the scenic Cat Rocks Branch valley. Many original restored features along with all of the new amenities! Original cypress wood front porch! Custom molding and built-ins! Central air conditioning! Modern kit with Silestone counters & Stainless steel appliances! Huge addition with a 1st floor master suite or family room with a full bath! Original pine floors! Fully finished LL! 2 car garage! Screened porch! Stunning yard! Must see! NOT in the flood zone! 1st floor addition could be a fantastic in-law suite or home office! Finished basement could easily be converted into an in-law suite or apartment with a separate entrance! Come see for yourself at our Open House this Saturday & Sunday hosted by Amy Nichols Studdard 📲 Or Contact a member of The Savoy Team of Keller Williams Integrity to schedule a private showing! ☎️ 443.858.2723 💻 https://bit.ly/2TYRUN9 Listed by Charlotte Savoy at The Savoy Team of Keller Williams Integrity
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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