March is finally here and warmer weather is just around the corner!☀️ That also means it's Women's History Month. To celebrate, we're highlighting the Patapsco Female Institute - located right here in Old Ellicott City!
Perched at Ellicott City’s highest point, the Patapsco Female Institute offered a revolutionary curriculum to young women from the years 1837 to 1891. The school earned a national reputation for its inclusion of botany, chemistry, and mathematics in a time where it was believed that women could not learn such subjects.
Thanks to the efforts and partnership with Howard County, the ruins of this grand example of Greek-revival architecture were stabilized and restored in 1995. The institute now serves as a landmark for women's history education, programs, and special events.
Have you visited the Patapsco Female Institute before? Did you learn anything new about women’s history? Let us know!
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