EC250 Time Capsule Marks Ellicott City’s Sestercentennial

EC250 Time Capsule Marks Ellicott City’s Sestercentennial

EC250 Inc. hosted a ceremony for the dedication of a time capsule to mark Ellicott City, Maryland’s 250th anniversary on Saturday, October 8th at 10:00 am at the historic Merryman Street log cabin located at 8394 Main Street in Ellicott City. Guests included Congressman John Sarbanes, Howard County Executive Dr. Calvin Ball, Senator Katie Fry Hester, Delegate Courtney Watson, Howard Council Member Liz Walsh, representatives from partner organizations, sponsors and members of the community.  The time capsule’s historic stone placement monument and brass plaque was unveiled along with a special community-sourced tribute image that will be included in the capsule.  A variety of the items to be included in the capsule were also on display. The program included the reading of an original poem by Ms. Linda Joy Burke selected for an award at the Howard County Arts Council’s EC250 ARTifacts gallery reception last month. The ceremony concluded with a special performance of the song “Sing Me a Memory” by the cast of the original new EC250 musical “On National Road” set to premiere December 8th at the Horowitz Visual & Performing Arts Center at Howard Community College.

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(as of 10.8.2022 – final contributions due 10.14.2022)

EC250, Inc.

  • Commemorative Booklet
  • Land Acknowledgement Statement
  • Logo Keepsake
  • Holiday Ornament
  • Promotional Postcards
  • Patapsco Valley Living magazine articles
  • Sample of Billboards
  • “On National Road” – the EC250 Musical”- musical score & promotional postcard
  • Event Memorabilia
  • Patapsco Female Institute Mug
  • “Throwback Weekend “ magnet
  • Fells Lane Reunion Program



  • Thoughts & Words From the Community Word Cloud Image
  • “Trolley at Fels Lane” print by Ellicott City artist Wiley Purkey
  • Rev. Gertie Williams’ adaptation of America the Beautiful Hymn for Fells Lane Community Reunion
  • EC250 ARTifacts award winning poem “A Poem For George Who Carves For The Water Bearers” by Linda Joy Burke
  • Personal note from David Ellicott — an Ellicott family descendant
  • Piece of original Howard House railing
  • Handwritten collection of messages from local teens
  • Original music CD inspired by
  • Howard County Lynching Truth & Reconciliation Inc. pre-publication copy “Early Black History of Ellicott City”
  • 2022 Oakdale Showhouse Warfield History Room photos



  • Howard County Executive Proclamation
  • Howard County Council Honorary Resolution
  • Maryland General Assembly Citation
  • Historic Ellicott City Inc. Heritage Newsletters Reprint
  • Howard County Arts Council “ARTifacts” Gallery Exhibit postcard
  • ClayGround EC250 logo mug and brochure
  • Ellicott City Partnership’s Main Street map, OEC sticker & bandana
  • Manor Hill Brewing EC250 commemorative can labels
  • Howard County Historical Society’s Ellicott Mills Children’s Museum brochure & “A Journey Through 250 Years of History” Coloring Book
  • Howard County Poetry & Literature Society “Through the Eyes of Poets: Ellicott City at 250”
  • Howard County Recreation & Parks Patapsco Female Institute’s Mary Jerdone Coleman garden layout and interpretive sign
  • Patapsco Heritage Greenway, Inc.’s 2022 PaSNAPsco Calendar
  • Visit Howard County 2022 Guide
  • Howard Community College various highlights of 2022 milestones



  • “A Garden Goes Back to Its Roots” by Susan Thornton Hobby – Washington Post Magazine
  • “Ellicott City Turns 250” by Courtney Peter – American Spirit magazine (DAR)
  • “Members of historically Black Ellicott City neighborhood Fells Lane gather to share stories” by Allana Haynes  Baltimore Sun


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