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News and Upcoming Events

Would you like to see what an Historic Ellicott City Decorator Show House looks like before our designers work their magic? Then put on your construction boots and overalls and join us at Avoca for an exclusive insiders peek at our 2016 Decorator Show House “Dirty Work” party.  We will serve wine, beer and light casual fare and offer the opportunity to meet our designers and check out the decorating vision for this year’s Show House.    Click here to read the article about the event that appeared in the Howard County Times.

On Sunday, May 22, 2016, in celebration of the 186th anniversary of railroading in America, HEC invited community members to enjoy a fun-filled day for model train enthusiasts of all ages.  On display was a model of the New Windsor 1.5” Scale Group and displays and sales by the B&O Historical Society, the B&O Railroad Museum and the Western Maryland Railway Historical Society.   Click here to read more from The Baltimore Sun article.  Tours of the historic Mt. Ida Mansion were also available.

On Sunday, April 17, HEC held its Annual Membership Meeting.  HEC celebrated its 2015 successes and introduced some of what is planned for 2016. HEC also welcomed Howard County Council Member, Jon Weinstein, who presented an Honorary Resolution to HEC in memory of Roland Bounds and his over 50 years of service to historic preservation, the Historic Ellicott City community and HEC as a Past President.

In 2015, HEC made a $2,500 donation to the B&O Railroad Museum for the restoration of a 927 Class I-5d Caboose built in the B & O shop at Washington, Indiana in 1927. HEC’s donation made it possible for the Station to get a matching grant from the Modern Woodmen of America toward the restoration.

In 2015, HEC implemented a new grant program aimed at helping to restore historic buildings and homes in Howard County.   The inaugural recipient of this grant program was Mt. Gregory United Methodist Church in Glenwood/Cooksville.   For a copy of the Grant Application and Grant Guidelines, please e-mail