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

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.

04/24/2021

My tours are running every Saturday and Sunday at Antietam. Sign up today for a tour at ffchistoricaltours.com #tour #ffchistoricaltours #civilwar #civilwarhoatory #go #maryland #wander #getoutside

04/23/2021

Main Street Strikes Back!! Grab your lightsaber and join us in OEC on May 8th to celebrate!💥

Be sure to sport your best rebel or dark side garb and come enjoy our scavenger hunt, Force-inspired food & drink, and galactic fun all over town!

Get more information on all the fun happening on Main Street by checking out our event page on our website at:
https://visitoldellicottcity.com/event-pro/main-street-strikes-back/

#mainstreetstrikesback #maythe4thbewithyou #starwars #jedination #maytheforcebewithyou #maythefourthbewithyou #starwarsevent #jedi #maythefourth #maytheforce #starwarsday #starwarscelebration #starwarsgeek #starwarsfans #marylandroadtrips #marylandevents #familyfun #maryland #visitmaryland #visitmd #visithocomd #marylandmainstreet #gams #greatamericanmainstreet #americascoolestsmalltown #ellicottcity #hocomd

The Museum is welcoming back yoga. Om Collective is using our space for its inclement weather location for now and will ...
04/23/2021

The Museum is welcoming back yoga. Om Collective is using our space for its inclement weather location for now and will soon be back on a more permanent schedule.

The Museum is welcoming back yoga. Om Collective is using our space for its inclement weather location for now and will soon be back on a more permanent schedule.

The weather will be perfect for this Saturday's Walking Tour of Historic Ellicott City   🌞  (60s and sunny!) 🌞The fun st...
04/15/2021

The weather will be perfect for this Saturday's Walking Tour of Historic Ellicott City 🌞 (60s and sunny!) 🌞
The fun starts at 11:00 AM and is an awesome way to learn the highlights, and some of the little known stories, of the buildings that have overlooked Main Street as we went from a sleepy little mill town, to a strategic Union outpost during the Civil War, to a tourist destination today.
Spaces are limited so reserve your spot today!
Recommended for ages 12 and up :)
https://ffchistoricaltours.com/home-2/ellicott-city-walking-tour/

The weather will be perfect for this Saturday's Walking Tour of Historic Ellicott City 🌞 (60s and sunny!) 🌞
The fun starts at 11:00 AM and is an awesome way to learn the highlights, and some of the little known stories, of the buildings that have overlooked Main Street as we went from a sleepy little mill town, to a strategic Union outpost during the Civil War, to a tourist destination today.
Spaces are limited so reserve your spot today!
Recommended for ages 12 and up :)
https://ffchistoricaltours.com/home-2/ellicott-city-walking-tour/

Walking Tours and Upcoming Lectures from HCHS
04/15/2021
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. Our company is offering a unique walking tour with expert guides that will touch on many points of this great American town’s history and culture.

04/12/2021

This week (April 15th), HEC presents the second episode of our Show YOUR House Series. Followers have sent-in requests to see how a professional designer would handle the spaces in their homes that have given them design and decorating challenges. This month’s re-design has been chosen, and all we are saying is….. it’s an historic bedroom!

Professional renderings have been drawn-up and two designers, with different styles, will present their redesign reveal during the live on-line event of the space. This month will feature Show House designers Quintece Hill-Mattauszek with Studio Q (https://www.studioqdesigns.com/) and Ashleigh Haker of a.s.h. Designs (https://ash-designs.com/)

You can join the sessions by just watching and listening via Zoom! Send an email to:
[email protected] and ask for the Zoom link. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

More information: https://historicec.com/2021/01/23/show-your-house-room-challenge/

The Used Book Sale is coming back! Stop it and find your next read.
04/10/2021

The Used Book Sale is coming back! Stop it and find your next read.

The Used Book Sale is coming back! Stop it and find your next read.

Howard, Laurel historical societies offer a step into the past with walking tours
04/09/2021
Howard, Laurel historical societies offer a step into the past with walking tours

Howard, Laurel historical societies offer a step into the past with walking tours

A combination of being outside and experiencing history, not just reading about it or seeing it in a video, can make walking tours in historic Ellicott City and Laurel attractive to many people, especially during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

03/31/2021

Mount Misery Ghost Walk
Friday April 2nd at 8:00 PM

The hills north of town harbor some very eerie legends of spirits and unexplained legends from decades ago and even days ago! The Spirits have been anxious to greet new visitors!

Covid-19 restrictions apply: limit of 10 people; face mask required; social distancing and temperatures may be scanned at check-in.

Tickets are $15.00 per person and must be purchased in advance. Discounts for Students, Military, Seniors.
Tour meets at the Museum of Howard County History, 8328 Court Avenue, Ellicott City, MD. Recommended for guests 10 and older.
Photo: W. E. Lilley

Tickets at: https://www.mdhistorytours.com/tickets

03/31/2021

Haunted Main Street Tour – Saturday April 3rd at 8:00 PM

Ellicott City today is a resilient town almost 250 years old with great shops and a vibrant night life…. so is it any wonder that the many ghosts who still call this town home remain to see if they can raise the hairs on the back of your neck?

Covid-19 restrictions apply: limit of 10 people; face mask required; social distancing and temperature scan at check-in.

Tickets are $15.00 per person and must be purchased in advance. Discounts for Students, Military & Seniors.
Tour meets at the Howard County Welcome Center 8267 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD. Recommended for guests 10 and older. Photo: W. E. Lilley

Tickets at: https://www.mdhistorytours.com/tickets

Photos from Maryland History Tours's post
03/30/2021

Photos from Maryland History Tours's post

Walking Tours of Ellicott City Every Saturday!
03/25/2021
Walking Tours of Ellicott City Every Saturday!

Walking Tours of Ellicott City Every Saturday!

Ellicott City, located in the Howard County, Maryland has a deep and rich history that stretches back to colonial times. Our company is offering a unique walking tour with expert guides that will touch on many points of this great American town’s history and culture.

03/20/2021

Museum reopens today at 1:00, Free admission! Spend a beautiful day in Old Ellicott City.

Masks are required in the museum.

A Few Spots Open for this Saturday's Walking Tour of Old Ellicott City!
03/18/2021
A Few Spots Open for this Saturday's Walking Tour of Old Ellicott City!

A Few Spots Open for this Saturday's Walking Tour of Old Ellicott City!

Ellicott City, located in the Howard County, Maryland has a deep and rich history that stretches back to colonial times. Our company is offering a unique walking tour with expert guides that will touch on many points of this great American town’s history and culture.

Photos from Howard County Historical Society's post
03/18/2021

Photos from Howard County Historical Society's post

HCLS Reopening Plans
03/17/2021
HCLS Reopening Plans

HCLS Reopening Plans

Beginning Monday, April 5, Howard County Library System will open for limited in-person services including browsing, computer access, printing, photocopying, scanning, and faxing. Passport services will resume at the East Columbia Branch. Contactless pickup and Bundle Bags will continue to be availa

Photos from Maryland History Tours's post
03/13/2021

Photos from Maryland History Tours's post

We are working hard to update the exhibits for next week's reopening on Saturday March 20.  We are preparing items from ...
03/11/2021

We are working hard to update the exhibits for next week's reopening on Saturday March 20. We are preparing items from our chair collection, containing pieces fom the Federalist, Empire, and Victorian eras of American Furniture that will be featured in our permanent exhibit. We are also pulling out pieces from our bottle and ceramic collection for the Milltown to City exhibit.

The museum reopens to the public on Saturday March 20 at 1:00.

Address

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

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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