Ellicott City is the seat of Howard County. From Wikipedia,
In 1830, Ellicott's Mills became the first terminus of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad outside Baltimore. The station, built of huge blocks of locally quarried granite, stands today as a living history museum, and has been designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior. It bears the designation as the "Oldest surviving railroad station in America".
My adventure began at the Thomas Isaac Cabin, built in 1780.
Behind the cabin, a local band celebrated the end of a charity run.
Walking towards town, I discovered a book shop ...
... in the former Disney Tavern!
Modern amenities, such as electric power lines, detract from the vintage look of this Colonial town.
The Colonial homes have been converted into small businesses, such as silver shop ...
... a hair salon ...
... tea room ...
The Catholic church stands guard over the city. It is noteworthy that Charles Carroll contributed to Maryland's development in Colonial America - Carroll is the only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Back to Wikipedia,
Like Rome, Ellicott City is claimed to be built on seven hills. These hills lie southeast of the Historic District, which is on the banks of the Patapsco River. Continuing the Rome analogy, the small tributary of the Patapsco that forms the narrow valley followed by Main Street is named the Tiber River. Several deep stream valleys converge at this location, which increases the risk of flooding but at the same time creates the town's dramatic heights. Historic Ellicott City sits on Ordovician granite whose outcrops can be seen lining Main Street.
... offering a glimpse of a time gone by.
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