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Seven Hills.
250 Years.
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Thank you for your interest in EC250.

2022 marks Ellicott City, Maryland's Sestercentennial. It was 250 years ago when the Ellicott brothers arrived in the Patapsco River Valley, and decided to settle in the wild place some folks called ‘the Hollow’. Nestled between what is now Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, DC, the settlement would grow to become the preeminent town within the Patapsco Valley – birthplace of the Nation's industrial revolution!

Join us as we celebrate and rediscover the history and charm of Historic Ellicott City, Maryland – the town older than the United States of America!

Help support the town's 250th anniversary celebration!

PARTNER FEATURE

April is National Poetry Month and the perfect time to experience a poetic moment in historic Ellicott City! In celebration of Ellicott City’s 250th anniversary Howard County Poetry & Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo) invites visitors to seek and peek into the town’s shop windows for a specially curated collection of poems that speak to the town’s history, commerce, and people. SEE MAP OF LOCATIONS

SPECIAL FEATURE!

Enjoy this “tour” of yesteryear in historic Ellicott City through the eyes of artist Wiley Purkey as he shares his memories and the stories behind the oils of his 250th commemorative “A Brush With History” series of paintings.

TIME CAPSULE

What will they find 50 years from now? 
We will mark the sestercentennial year with a time capsule ceremony on October 8 in historic Ellicott City. We would love to hear what you think should be included for others to find when the capsule is opened in 2072! Email your ideas.

WHAT’S UP

EC250 garden project at PFI featured in Washington Post Magazine! READ  “How a Garden Once Lost to History is Being Brought Back into Bloom

SPECIAL FEATURE!

EC250 is proud to partner with the Howard County Historical Society and Patapsco Valley Heritage Area to bring you this virtual visit to the new ELLICOTT LEGACY EXHIBIT, a sneak peek at the new ELLICOTT MILLS CHILDREN MUSEUM (set to open on April 22), and the new video “PIONEERING ALONG THE PATAPSO.”

CHEERS TO 250 YEARS

RAISE A GLASS to Ellicott City, Maryland’s 250th anniversary with the  SESTERCENTENNIAL SERIES of commemorative cans featuring Manor Hill Brewing‘s signature IPA! Look for the QRCode on the “In The Hollow”  can to uncover the town’s story.  LEARN WHERE to find the cans.

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WHAT IS EC250?

EC250 aims to inspire celebrations throughout Howard County, Maryland that honor and celebrate the 250th anniversary of the founding of historic Ellicott City, Maryland.  By partnering with community groups around Howard County, we will share the unique history and national significance of historic Ellicott City, Maryland through innovative educational, entertainment, and cultural events.

WHEN IS IT?

The fun begins January 2022 and runs through December 2022!  Check out our events page for more specifics.

ABOUT THE CELEBRATION

Events will highlight different aspects of historic Ellicott City’s incredible history. Don’t forget to sign up for our mailing list to stay informed of the fun happening throughout the year.

Help make it happen.

Become a sponsor or make a donation to the EC250 fund. Or host an event that celebrates the Sestercentennial.

YEARS

since Ellicott City was founded

MILES

of railroad track from Baltimore to Ellicott City

PEOPLE

who rode the train in 1830 from Baltimore to Ellicott Mills

HILLS

of Ellicott City

BROTHERS

founded Ellicott’s Mills (Joseph, Andrew and John Ellicott)