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Visit the oldest surviving railroad station in America & original terminus of the 1st 13 miles of commercial railroad in the US.
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A 142-acre site highlighting the life & times of Benjamin Banneker, considered the first African American man of science. Cultural activities, hiking & nature.
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Opened in 1880, the school fulfilled an 1879 Maryland State law requiring that counties provide educational facilities for African American children. The one room school, the first to be built with county funds, operated until 1953 and the integration of public schools.
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Opens in May. Explores the unique challenges of fighting fire in late 19th and early 20th century Ellicott City.  Located on a small, triangular lot, the original building was designed to house the hand-drawn—later horse-drawn—fire equipment until 1924.
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TEMPORARILY CLOSED Learn about the bravery, dedication of the men and women of HCPD since 1840. Identifying fingerprints with just a magnifying glass is just one of the many displays you'll experience.
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This grand home was in 1828 by the grandson of Andrew Ellicott, one of the founders of Ellicott City. Mt.Ida’s style was gleaned from the Greek Revival and Italianate periods, reminiscent of that which pervaded the South during its Ante-bellum Period and was the last Ellicott home built within our … Read More
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Whether it’s daily life in an 19th century mill town, the history of the 4-H Club or a closer look at the lives of the county’s founding fathers, get a deeper understanding and hands on experience of Howard County history.
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OPEN Perched at Old Ellicott City’s highest point, the Patapsco Female Institute offered a revolutionary curriculum to young women from 1837-1891. The school earned a national reputation for its inclusion of botany, chemistry, languages, literature, math, and music in an effort to mold elegant young ladies into engaged, active citizens. … Read More
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