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News and Upcoming Events

Historic Ellicott City, Inc. (HEC) will unveil the transformation of its 2018 Decorator Show House, Wilderness Farm, at its Preview Day Garden Party on Thursday, September 20, 11:30am to 4:00pm. Guests of the Preview Day Garden Party will get an exclusive first look at the home’s dramatic new look.  Interior designers have masterfully designed and decorated 20 unique spaces in the 20th century farmhouse. Guests will enjoy catering from popular Ellicott City eatery, Georgia Grace cafe and the annual Antique Shop.

The complete Press Release can be read by clicking Read More below.


JULY 30, 2018 (Ellicott City, MD): Historic Ellicott City (HEC) announced today the selection of its 32nd Annual Decorator Show House, Wilderness Farm. The annual event aims to preserve historic homes in the area for future generations, while also raising funds to support missions dedicated to the preservation and restoration of historic Howard County. This year’s Decorator Show House will benefit Ellicott City flood relief efforts.

The complete Press Release can be read by clicking Read More below.


The Ellicott City Old Town Market will be located at the parking lot and on grounds of HEC’s home office, the historic Mt. Ida mansion, until then end of July.  

HEC will also be opening the historic home for Tours on July 21st and August 4th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Admission is $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for teens (12 and under are free).  Cash is preferred.

Click on Read More for more information about Mt. Ida


HEC was pleased to partner with Clarks Ace Hardware of Ellicott City and offer $5,000 in supplies and equipment to assist with the recovery of the Old Ellicott City community in the aftermath of the May 27, 2018 flood.  Items provided ranged from dehumidifiers, large fans, electrical cords, wheel barrows, and face masks.  The complete Press Release can be read by clicking Read More below.


Wilderness Farm will open its doors on September 21, 2018 and will run through October 21, 2018.

Click Read More for information about: the address of the House, ticket information, hours, including days the house will be closed this year, and other logistics.

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