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Mission Statement

Historic Ellicott City, Inc. (HEC) is a non-profit volunteer organization founded in 1974.  The organization is the result of a merger of Historic Ellicott Mills, Inc.  and the Ellicott City Bicenntenial Association, Inc.

P3 Witching Hour Farm - 2010

Our mission is to preserve, educate and restore historic properties,  primarily in the Historic District of Ellicott City.  Our passion for preservation is best known by our annual Decorator Show House. Our accomplishments in restoration and fundraising have led to successful partnerships with property owners in restoring our county’s historic homes and preserving them for future generations.

“Temora,” an example of graceful Victorian Italiante architecture, stands as a result of extensive restoration by the collaborative efforts of owners (both builder and architect) and the efforts of HEC’s participating designers, craftsmen, artisans and volunteers. This Show House  opened to the public in the fall of 1984 as a fundraiser for historic preservation and began an annual Historic Ellicott City tradition that continues to draw crowds today  from all over the region.

History of HEC

HEC, Inc. began its preservation efforts with the Ellicott City B&O Railroad Station Museum.  For over 30 years, the Museum was under HEC’s administration before relinquishing stewardship in January 2006. Other restoration efforts that followed included: the George Ellicott House (1984), the Thomas Isaac Log Cabin (1987) and the Heritage Orientation Center (1988). The log cabin is the oldest building in the Historic District, and the Heritage Orientation Center–the original Court House–now houses an exhibit designed to educate visitors about the fires, floods and Ellicott Family-the main factors that have shaped our town’s history.

HEC has erected welcoming and informational signs in the Historic District, as well as instituted the Bronze Plaque program which installs plaques on historic homes and buildings in the district.  In addition, we were significant financial partners in restoring the New Deal Murals that hang in the Welcome Center at Ellicott City’s Main Street.   More recently, HEC has implemented a new grant program aimed at helping to restore historic buildings and homes in Howard County.

Officers

President: Joan Becker

Vice President: Karen Learmouth

Secretary: Peg Maxson

Treasurer: Valerie Hyer

Directors

Ed Buffington

Nina Buffington

Judy Draper

Peggy Fisher

Pat Frederick

JoAnne Horan

Ed Lilley

Rosina Vanek

Kim Zorn

Rosina Vanek

Shelly Wygant

Advisory Council

Ellen Bell

Elizabeth Blocher

Rozalia Case

Kelly Cummings

Heidi Gaasch

Charlotte Holland

Pauline E. (Betty) Jacobs

Pru Miller

Lorna Ozgun

Shelley Wygant

Past Presidents

John D. Wafer (2013-2014)

Claire Fulton (2012-2013)

Deborah Kemp (2010-2012)

Charlotte Holland (2005-2009)

Roland Bounds (2003-2005)

Janet Kusterer (1999-2003)

Judith Draper (1995-1999)

Gerald F. Talbert (1991-1995)

Joseph H. Clark (1987-1991)

Robert G. Kelvey (1985-1987)

Enalee E. Bounds (1981-1985)

Herbert H. Johl (1977-1981)

Joann Sheely (1975-1977)

Frederick P. Shultz (1973-1975)