Events

“A Brush With History” Special Exhibition

Historic Ellicott Theater 8221 Main Street, Ellicott City, Maryland

Long-time Ellicott City artist Wiley Purkey’s infuses his own past experiences and memories into his “A Brush With History” series which features 50 paintings of the historic town.  The series will be on view for a limited time in the beautifully renovated Ellicott Theater building in Ellicott City. This special exhibition will be open to the public on January 22 & 23 and 28, 29 & 30 from noon to 5pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience a whimsical tour of historic Ellicott City through Wiley’s eyes.

free

“A Brush With History” 2nd Special Exhibition

Historic Ellicott Theater 8221 Main Street, Ellicott City, Maryland

Long-time Ellicott City artist Wiley Purkey’s infuses his own past experiences and memories into his “A Brush With History” series which features 50 paintings of the historic town.  The series will be on view for a limited time in the beautifully renovated Ellicott Theater building in Ellicott City. This special exhibition will be open to the public on January 28, 29 & 30 from noon to 5pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience a whimsical tour of historic Ellicott City through Wiley’s eyes.

Colorful Ellicott City Characters

Howard County Museum of History 8328 Court Avenue, Ellicott City, MD

Join us for a Lunch Date with History! This series, hosted by the Howard County Historical Society, features a different lecture topic each month presented by a special speaker(s) with in-depth knowledge and insight into the topic. Parking is available on the street or in the Circuit Courthouse parking lot. You may bring your lunch. The lectures are free to Howard County Historical Society members and $5.00 for non-members. To register please click here.

$5

Charles Carroll and Carrollton Manor

Howard County Museum of History 8328 Court Avenue, Ellicott City, MD

Join us for a Lunch Date with History! “Charles Carroll and Carrollton Manor” Howard County Museum of History in Ellicott City This series will feature a lecture each month in 2022. Each lecture features a special speaker(s) with in-depth knowledge and insight into the topic. Parking is available on the street or in the Circuit Courthouse parking lot. You may bring your lunch. The lectures are free to Howard County Historical Society members and $5.00 for non-members. To register please click here.

$5

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Open House

St. Peter's Episcopal Church 3695 Rogers Avenue, Ellicott City, MD

Founded in 1842 as a traditional “Anglo-Catholic” parish, the church originally shared a lot with St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church. St. Peter’s was the “in town” church of the mill workers and shopkeepers in Old Ellicott City. The clergy served not only St. Peter’s but also as chaplains to the Patapsco Female Institute, a boarding “finishing” school for girls which is now an historic site.

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Heading Westward: Baltimore’s Irish and the Building of America’s First Railroad

Ellicott City B&O Station Museum 3711 Maryland Ave, Ellicott City, MD

Join Luke McCusker, Director of the Irish Railroad Workers Museum in Baltimore as he presents  "Heading Westward: Baltimore's Irish and the Building of America's First Railroad" in the historic surroundings of the B&O Ellicott City Station Museum*.  A live performance of Irish tunes will open and close the program. The Ellicott City Station is the oldest surviving railroad depot in America, and one of the oldest in the world. When built in 1831, it was the terminus of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad’s first 13-miles that ran from Baltimore to Ellicott’s Mills, Maryland. The Railroad was named for its point of origin, Baltimore, and its intended destination, the Ohio River. Photo: "Gandy Dancers" - Contributed to the Irish Railroad Workers Museum by Henry Gaidis and attributed to B & O Railroad workers. *location is subject to change pending flood mitigation construction in Ellicott City.

Patapsco Friends Meeting Open House

Patapsco Friends Meeting House 2330 Hebron Drive, Ellicott City, Maryland

In 2002, after 120 years, the return of the historic Quaker presence in Ellicott City was established by the Patapsco Friends Meeting.

“See through Poems”

April is National Poetry Month! In celebration of Ellicott City's 250th anniversary Howard County Poetry & Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo) invites you 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. The showcase of 25 different poems will be on display April through June.  A community reading and celebration of the poems is slated for Sunday, June 12, 2022, 3 p.m., at the Museum of Howard County History For more information, visit https://hocopolitso.org/ec250/.

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The Ellicott Mills Children’s Museum

Howard County Museum of History 8328 Court Avenue, Ellicott City, MD

Join us for a Lunch Date with History! “The Ellicott Mills Children’s Museum” Howard County Museum of History in Ellicott City This series will feature a lecture each month in 2022. Each lecture features a special speaker(s) with in-depth knowledge and insight into the topic. Parking is available on the street or in the Circuit Courthouse parking lot. You may bring your lunch. The lectures are free to Howard County Historical Society members and $5.00 for non-members. To register please click here.

$5

Manor Hill Brewing EC250 Commemorative Can Release Weekend

Manor Hill Farm 4411 Manor Lane, Ellicott City

The first in a three-part series of commemorative EC250 cans from Manor Hill Brewing debuts featuring their signature IPA. EC250 weekends at Manor Hill Farm mark the occasion of each release with “EC History Comes Alive” reenactors and special activities onsite.

free

OPEN HOUSE at the George Ellicott House

George Ellicott House 24 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City, MD

George Ellicott and his daughter Martha will be on hand when StoneBridge Advisors, LLC host an Open House of the George Ellicott House.

America’s First Factory Town

Howard County Museum of History 8328 Court Avenue, Ellicott City, MD

Join us for a Lunch Date with History! “America’s First Factory Town” Howard County Museum of History in Ellicott City This series will feature a lecture each month in 2022. Each lecture features a special speaker(s) with in-depth knowledge and insight into the topic. Parking is available on the street or in the Circuit Courthouse parking lot. You may bring your lunch. The lectures are free to Howard County Historical Society members and $5.00 for non-members. To register please click here.

$5