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Funded Projects

For over 30 years, HEC has raised funds to support the preservation and restoration of the Ellicott City Historic District as well as other historic Howard County properties. Here are some highlights of who has benefitted from our mission:

Patapsco Heritage Greenway was the recipient of a grant made possible from proceeds from our 2018 Show House for repairs and restoration of the stone facade of their properties on Tonge Row in Old Ellicott City. Work on restoring the building’s wood window frames and sash, adjusting and improving water drainage from the building’s facade and foundation, and removing non-historic and inappropriate doors and shutters has all been completed and the grant funds have been disbursed.

For more information about the project, HEC Grant Program, and our partnership with Preservation Maryland, click Read More.


Proceeds from our 2018 Show House were made available to provide direct assistance for the rehabilitation and preservation and promotion of cultural resources within the Ellicott City National Register Historic District and the surrounding area in Howard County.  HEC partnered with Preservation Maryland to create and fund the Historic Ellicott City Revitalization Grant Program. This grant cycle, the recipients are:

Old Stone Tavern, Patapsco Heritage Greenway, the Howard County Historical Society, and Preservation MD for their Ellicott City Jail Project.

Click Read More for additional information.


On Friday, February 22nd, HEC board members and officers toured historic Carrollton Hall and presented a check for $30,000 to Joseph Hamilton, Director of Mission Advancement for the Franciscan Friars Conventual of the Our Lady of the Angels Province.

These funds, combined with a past HEC donation, are going toward the continued renovation and establishment of The Heritage Room in Carrollton Hall.

Historic Ellicott City, Inc. is proud to be a part of this effort to preserve and share this landmark with the community and visitors alike.

 


In 1972, Tropical Storm Agnes severely damaged Ellioctt City and threatened the railroad station.  Completed in 1831, it is the oldest surviving train station in America. The station and the railroad brought the city to prominence in the 19th Century.  Citizens formed HEC and the Decorator Show House was started for the purpose of raising money to save and restore the station, as well as to acquire and restored a caboose, handcar, gang trailer, and speeder car.  The station was restored and handed over to the County…


Originally located on Merryman Street, the circa 1780, building known as the Thomas Isaac Log Cabin was donated to Historic Ellicott City, Inc. by the Stanton family, in the interest of preserving it. The cabin was dismantled in 1980, stored by the County at Centennial Park and reassembled on its new site at the corner of Main Street and Ellicott Mills Drive in 1987. HEC dedicated the cabin in its new location on July 16, 1988, and at that time transferred ownership to Howard County.