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Patapsco Friends Meeting Open House
October 2, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ellicott City was started by Quakers: three Ellicott brothers, who came in 1771 from William Penn’s colony in Pennsylvania and chose a site on the Patapsco River for their flour mill. The Ellicotts helped build not just a Quaker meetinghouse but also houses of worship for other denominations. They founded schools not just for Quaker boys but also for girls and all children, including Native-Americans. They also helped recognize African-American Benjamin Banneker and invited him to help survey Washington, DC.
In mid-1996, several Friends once again felt led to start a Quaker meeting in Howard County. In November 1996, they started to meet at the Columbia Art Center in Long Reach. The historic and beautiful Hebron House became available as its owner, Mt. Hebron Presbyterian Church, finished a new addition and moved its Sunday School out of the old manor house. The Quakers began meeting there in January 1997 and have continued.
Come to one of the Open Houses and find out more about this history, and about Quaker beliefs and practices. All are welcome at no cost.
For more information on the history of Quakers in Howard County: https://patapscofriends.com/about-2/hocohistory