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7.15.2021 | EC250 Receives $25,000 to Fund Sestercentennial Celebration

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EC250, Inc. Receives $100,000 From Howard County Government for Ellicott City’s 250th Commemoration.
ClayGround Owners Make Significant Contribution to Help Fund Landmark Anniversary for the Town They Call Home.

EC250, Inc. has received significant funding support for their volunteer effort to present a special 250th commemoration year for historic Ellicott City, Maryland. Howard County Executive Dr. Calvin Ball presented members of the organization with a $100,000 check at the historic Thomas Isaac Log Cabin to fund various activities that will be held in conjunction with the town’s 2022 sestercentennial celebration.

In a special announcement during the presentation, Ellen, Michael and Matt Koplow, owners of the ClayGround Studio and Gallery in Ellicottt City, stepped forward with an additional $25,000 title sponsorship contribution toward the commemoration effort.  In making the announcement the Koplows noted, “The ClayGround is excited to be part of the 250th Anniversary Celebration as we believe it represents the resiliency, commercial growth, and strong sense of community that makes both the ClayGround and Ellicott City such a special place.”

EC250 also received notice last week of the approval a $40,000 matching grant award from the Maryland Heritage Area Authority for their effort. The grant request, which was made via Patapsco Heritage Greenway, Inc., leverages funds received from Howard County Government and in-kind volunteer hours to meet the match. Previous fundraising efforts and a significant $25,000 anonymous donation now bring the organization within reach of its original goal. In the coming months they hope to reach their funding goal via private sponsorships of celebratory banners displayed throughout the town, and individual donations.

Funds raised by the organization will be used to promote and present a variety of entertaining activities and educational learning experiences designed to both raise the visibility of the town’s historic value and draw new and returning visitors to discover its many attractions.

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10.24, 31 & 11.8.2020 | WHERE'S GEORGE? | Noon to 4pm

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History is Coming Alive in Preparation for 2022’s 250th Anniversary Celebration
EC250 Asks Visitors to Ellicott City “Where’s George?”

George Ellicott, a member of Ellicott City’s founding family, is reported to be returning to his old stomping grounds as the 250th anniversary of the town draws near. Visitors to Ellicott City are encouraged to look for George out and about in town this fall on October 24, 31 and November 8 between noon & 4pm. When they spot George, individuals can snap a photo, share it in a Facebook post using the hashtag #IFoundGeorgeinEC and tag @EC250. All photos shared will be entered in a random drawing to win a one‐of‐a‐kind, handmade wooden bank featuring an original ornate metal P.O. Box door from Ellicott City’s old Main Street Post Office.

George Ellicott was born in Bucks County Pennsylvania in 1760 to Ellicott City founding father Andrew Ellicott and his wife Elizabeth. George Ellicott married Elizabeth Brooke and together they had 7 children. George moved to Maryland as a teenager and assisted in surveying new roads early in the mill town’s development. George Ellicott lived for forty years in a locally quarried granite house built on the east side of the Patapsco River. His home sat on the site of what is now the former Wilkins‐Rogers flour mill. In 1972 the structure was flooded during Tropical Storm Agnes. While his brother Jonathan’s adjacent home was destroyed, George’s home remained enough intact to later be moved across the street in 1983 to where it still stands today in Oella at the corner of Frederick Road and Westchester Avenue. George Ellicott passed away in 1832 in Ellicott City.

Historic reenactor Steve Bilanow will bring George Ellicott back to life for EC250’s “History Comes Alive” educational promotion. Steve, a resident of Columbia, has been recreating George (the son of Ellicott City’s founding father Andrew Ellicott) since 2009. He chose to portray George after volunteering at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum and participating in the museum’s annual Colonial Market Fair.

Steve, who shares an interest in astronomy with his historical persona, says, “I have become fascinated with available details of the history, and the community that fostered these mill developers in their ambitious efforts.”

EC250 anticipates more in town sightings of George, his relatives, and other historic figures relative to Ellicott City’s history as the anniversary year approaches. “Where’s George?” and future “History Comes Alive” appearances are sponsored by Patapsco Heritage Greenway and Ellicott City’s Main Street Oriental Rugs business owner Mojan Bagha.

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8.14.2020 | A Virtual Evening With the Ellicotts on Friday, August 21 at 7pm. was a huge success!

We surpassed our goal and made $2600. Thank you to all those who purchased a ticket or made a donation.

All contributions made toward this event, up to $2,500, will be matched by Modern Woodsmen. Thank you for doubling support for the town’s 250th Anniversary Celebration!