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

EC250
10/15/2020

EC250

Find George and win a piece of Ellicott City History! Look for George Ellicott in Historic Ellicott City on October 24, 31, & November 8 between noon and 4 pm. Snap a photo, share it on Facebook with #IFoundGeorgeinEC and tag @ec250. Make sure your security is set to public for the photo so we can see it!

Just a hint about our newest donation.
10/12/2020

Just a hint about our newest donation.

Ellicott City Partnership
10/09/2020

Ellicott City Partnership

Lords, ladies, pyrates and wenches - it's your turn to LOVE OEC! This Saturday & Sunday enjoy Renaissance merriment, live music, and shopping and dining specials fit for a king (and queen) during MEDIEVAL MAIN

https://visitoldellicottcity.com/event-pro/medieval-main/

#LOVEOEC

10/06/2020
FFC Historical Tours

FFC Historical Tours

Running some great tours this fall. Check them out at ffchistoricaltours.com #tour #travel #history #getoutside #wanderlust #travel #maryland #ellicottcitymd

Lovely little dresser set
10/03/2020

Lovely little dresser set

10/02/2020

The Museum of Howard County History will be CLOSED tomorrow, Saturday October 3, for a private rental. We will reopen Sunday at 1:00 until 5:00.

09/30/2020
Clark's Elioak Farm

Clark's Elioak Farm

Who is coming to watch these two battle it out on the Teeter-Tot today? 😂🎉❤️🐐🐐

👉Open today 10AM-6PM
👉Admission tickets must be purchased online and as of this morning we still have spots available!! 👍

Goats, pumpkins, and so much more!! ☀️🐐🎃🍁

Here is the link for purchasing Admission Ticket 🎟 https://www.showclix.com/event/clark-s-elioak-farm

09/28/2020
FFC Historical Tours

FFC Historical Tours

I have tours running every Saturday. Wonderful stories and great shops and restaurants to stop in after the tours ends. Only $15! Check them out at ffchistoricaltours.com #maryland #tours #tour #travel #ffchistoricaltours #wander #historybuff

Maryland History Tours
09/26/2020

Maryland History Tours

FREE History again in Ellicott City this weekend!

Historic Sites open at no charge: B & O Ellicott City Station Museum = Fri & Sat & Sun 10 to 5; Ellicott City Colored School Restored = Sunday only this weekend 1 to 4; Ellicott City Firehouse Museum = Sat & Sun 1 to 4; Patapsco Female Institute = Sat & Sun 1 to 4; Museum of Howard County History – Fri Sat & Sun 1 to 5! COVID-19 restrictions apply – masks required, social distancing and limited numbers in buildings.

All sites are Free Admission - Donations gratefully accepted at all locations! Look for the DipJar at the B & O for quick easy credit card donations!
Photo credits: Ed Lilley; Ellicott City.net; Visit Howard County

09/25/2020
FFC Historical Tours

FFC Historical Tours

I have tours running every Saturday. Wonderful stories and great shops and restaurants to stop in after the tours ends. Only $15! Check them out at ffchistoricaltours.com #maryland #tours #tour #travel #ffchistoricaltours #wander #historybuff

Maryland History Tours
09/21/2020

Maryland History Tours

Mount Misery Ghost Walk
Friday September 25th 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!
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. Tour meets at the Museum of Howard County History, 8328 Court Avenue, Ellicott City, MD. Recommended for guests 10 and older.
Tickets at: https://www.mdhistorytours.com/tickets

Just peeked into the next box of goodies being examined in our massive textile collection reboxing project.
09/21/2020

Just peeked into the next box of goodies being examined in our massive textile collection reboxing project.

Maryland History Tours
09/16/2020

Maryland History Tours

Mount Misery Ghost Walk – Friday September 18th 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!

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. Tour meets at the Museum of Howard County History, 8328 Court Avenue, Ellicott City, MD. Recommended for guests 16 and older.
Tickets at: https://www.mdhistorytours.com/tickets

FFC Historical Tours
09/11/2020

FFC Historical Tours

Join our guide, Mike Radinsky, on an informative and fun 90 minute stroll down historic Ellicott City's Main Street. Learn about the founding of this mill town, its role in Maryland history and events during the American Revolution, the Civil War, and the 20th Century. You might even hear a ghost story or two. Tours run every Saturday at 11:00. Check this tour out at this link: https://ffchistoricaltours.com/ellicott-city-walking-tour/

Securing the Foundation and Paving the Way: An exploration of legacy through a conversation with Columbia's Torchbearers...
09/10/2020
Securing the Foundation and Paving the Way: An exploration of legacy through a conversation with Columbia's Torchbearers | Howard County Library System

Securing the Foundation and Paving the Way: An exploration of legacy through a conversation with Columbia's Torchbearers | Howard County Library System

What are torchbearers? A Torchbearer is defined as “a person who leads or inspires others in working toward a valued goal.” For more than 4 decades, Columbia’s Torchbearers, have led and inspired activism fueled by personal mission and a passion toward service. Lela J. Sewell-Williams, manager...

Maryland History Tours
09/10/2020

Maryland History Tours

Mount Misery Ghost Walk – Friday September 11th 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!
Tickets are $15.00 per person and must be purchased in advance. Tour meets at the Museum of Howard County History, 8328 Court Avenue, Ellicott City, MD. Recommended for guests 16 and older.

https://maryland-history-tours-llc.square.site/product/sept-11-mt-misery-ghost-walk/20?cs=true

A mystery artifact for your enjoyment.
09/08/2020

A mystery artifact for your enjoyment.

Maryland History Tours
09/06/2020

Maryland History Tours

Tickets are online now for our small-group, socially distanced outdoor walking tours in September and October, as well as three new small-group history programs at the B & O! For those interested, please join us. ALL programs are limited to ten guests.

The Museum of Howard County History is available for small weddings and event rentals.   Our Deputy Director, Paulette L...
09/05/2020

The Museum of Howard County History is available for small weddings and event rentals. Our Deputy Director, Paulette Lutz, will work to customize your event, here is a sampling of her work. Call 410-480-3250 to get information on rentals at the museum.

Maryland Humanities
09/02/2020

Maryland Humanities

Congratulations to all of our host sites for the 2021–2022 Museum on Main Street Maryland tour! We're excited to bring VOICES AND VOTES: DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA, a Smithsonian exhibition, to:

• Allegany Museum
• The Queen Anne's County Historical Society
• Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History & Culture
• Sandy Spring Museum
• Historical Society of Baltimore County with CCBC

Learn more: bit.ly/voicesvotes

Never let it be said that the kids of today are outlandish in their clothing. These were the styles of your parents, gra...
09/01/2020

Never let it be said that the kids of today are outlandish in their clothing. These were the styles of your parents, grandparents and beyond. The one with the ears is a personal favorite around the Museum.

Walking Tours - Howard County Historical Society
08/28/2020
Walking Tours - Howard County Historical Society

Walking Tours - Howard County Historical Society

Walk This Way: Historic Ellicott City Walking Tours Time: Saturdays 11:00AM – 12:30PM Tickets: $15 per person | $12 per person (HCHS members, seniors, military, children under 13) Due to COVID Concerns, the following requirements must be followed for Historic Ellicott City Walking Tours All ticket...

In anticipation of poor weather tomorrow,  we are moving our scheduled Walking Tour from tomorrow at 11:00 to Sunday at ...
08/28/2020
Walking Tours - Howard County Historical Society

In anticipation of poor weather tomorrow, we are moving our scheduled Walking Tour from tomorrow at 11:00 to Sunday at 11:00. We still have a few spots remaining for the Ellicott City Walking Tour now scheduled for Sunday at 11:00.

Walk This Way: Historic Ellicott City Walking Tours Time: Saturdays 11:00AM – 12:30PM Tickets: $15 per person | $12 per person (HCHS members, seniors, military, children under 13) Due to COVID Concerns, the following requirements must be followed for Historic Ellicott City Walking Tours All ticket...

Laura Byrne | Serving Suffrage With A Smile - Ballot & Beyond
08/27/2020
Laura Byrne | Serving Suffrage With A Smile - Ballot & Beyond

Laura Byrne | Serving Suffrage With A Smile - Ballot & Beyond

This episode of Ballot and Beyond, contributed by the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center, was researched by Dan Materazzi, authored by Paulette Lutz and Executive Director Shawn Gladden of the Howard Co. Historical Society. It was read by Elizabeth Bobo, First Female County Executive in Maryland and...

August 24, 1814Howard County resident, Commodore Joshua Barney, was ordered to move his ships far up the Patuxent and sc...
08/24/2020

August 24, 1814
Howard County resident, Commodore Joshua Barney, was ordered to move his ships far up the Patuxent and scuttle his Chesapeake Bay flotilla to prevent it from falling into British hands. Leaving a skeleton crew with the fleet, Barney marched to Washington and personally led 360 Marines and 120 sailors in a stout defense of the Capitol, fighting hand to hand for hours with only cutlasses and pikes. Outnumbered and out-gunned, they retreated and the British entered Washington, setting the White House on fire.
Barney received a bullet to the thigh, which was deep in the muscle and couldn't be removed. The bullet eventually killed him but took it's time, as he died four years later from complications associated with the wounding.
Barney had married Harriet Coale in 1809, and bought a home in Savage, MD (on Guilford Road) where he resided until his death in 1818.

24 AUGUST 1814 - BATTLE OF BLADENSBURG - #Warof1812
#Armyhistory #USArmy

On 24 August 1814, the U.S. Army suffered one of its most humiliating defeats. As 4,500 British troops entered Bladensburg, Maryland, on the way to raid Washington, DC, their commander, Maj Gen Robert Ross, ordered his three brigades to attack a hastily assembled American force on the banks of the Potomac River. Brig Gen William Winder, commander of the U.S. Tenth Military District, had formed 6,000 troops, mostly militia, in three defensive lines astride the Washington Post Road leading to the capital. After a a defensive fight their counter-attack was defeated and the Americans, unable to stop the British, withdrew.

At 1300 the British 1st, or “Light,” Brigade, supported by artillery and rocket fire, attacked. The redcoats secured the bridge and cleared the bank of the screen of militia rifle companies that constituted Winder's first line. The Light Brigade was then briefly stopped by artillery and musketry of the 11th Maryland Brigade on the high ground of the second line, before one regiment attempted a counter-attack that was repulsed when the enemy's 2d Brigade arrived. Unnerved by the rockets, the 11th brigade began a withdrawal that became a rout.

The ad hoc naval brigade in the center of the third line temporarily halted the enemy advance, but its sailors and marines joined the retreat when the militia brigades on their flanks withdrew. Seeing his last line disintegrating, Winder ordered his remaining militia artillery and the composite battalion of regulars, who had not yet been engaged, to form a new line closer to the city. Winder consulted President James Madison and decided to abandon the capital. The British forces entered the city and set fire to all government buildings before withdrawing.

ALSO SEE

https://history.army.mil/html/books/074/74-5/index.html

https://history.army.mil/html/books/030/30-21/index.html

https://www.nps.gov/stsp/index.htm

Now on exhibit!  Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit, Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence.
08/21/2020

Now on exhibit! Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit, Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence.

EC250 Virtual Fundraiser
08/20/2020
EC250 Virtual Fundraiser

EC250 Virtual Fundraiser

Join George Ellicott, founder of historic Ellicott City, Maryland for a special evening featuring a sneak-peek at the year-long exhibit coming in 2022 to the Howard County Historical Society’s Museum that will feature Ellicott family artifacts from the Howard County and Maryland Historical Societi...

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

Telephone

(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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