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News and Upcoming Events

HEC has started to look for the next historic home that will serve as our 2019 Show House.  If you have a prospect for us to consider, please review the criteria below and send us an e-mail to let us know. 

  • The property must be located in Howard County
  • Historic significance and age—generally at least 50 years old
  • Exterior appeal that will attract visitors
  • Adequate size to accommodate perhaps 100 visitors per day
  • A floor plan that allows for a comfortable flow for visitors
  • Adequate level parking for approx. 100 cars, preferably on the premises or safe off-street with safe ingress and egress to public roads
  • Basement, barns or other outbuildings to accommodate vendors
  • All utilities must be turned on with at least one working bathroom
  • Homes in need of cosmetic not structural improvement
  • We do not replace kitchens, baths or hardwood floors
  • Homes that are or will be completely empty for the design work
  • A home that will be vacated by owners July through late October
  • The owner will be presented with a “design board” to review for each room

Mt. Ida Estate Sale
November 10th from 9:00 to 4:00
November 11th from 10:00 to 4:00

HEC was recently notified that the owner of Mt. Ida has signed a contract to sell the home.  As our move is imminent, HEC and FPFI are hosting an Estate Sale. Items for sale include furniture, rugs, curtains, china, knick knacks, holiday decorations, vintage farmhouse decor, etc… Photos of many of the items will be posted on our Facebook Page: facebook.com/HistoricECinc and are listed on this Estate Sale site:  https://bit.ly/2D90lf0.

Prices will be marked and available the day of the sale. Many of these items found a home in Mt. Ida after the 2013 Show House. Proceeds will go into HEC’s general fund. No phone calls, please.   Mt. Ida is the historic yellow stucco house next to the Howard County Courthouse parking lot. The address is 3691 Sarahs Lane, Ellicott City.


HEC is pleased to announce that this year’s Decorator Show House was a success.

Merchandise pick-up days/times are:

Thursday, October 25: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, October 27: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, October 28: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Removal and transportation of all items are the buyer’s responsibility.  No refunds and no returns.

Thank you to everyone who visited Wilderness Farm!


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.