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Join us for the Patapsco Heritage Greenway 2017 Annual Meeting on May 3. Following a brief business meeting, we will hear from noted speaker Ross Kimmel about:
The Union Army and the Thomas Viaduct
The main railroad linking the North and South crossed the Patapsco River on the Thomas Viaduct. Whoever controlled that route controlled the flow of men and materiel for the Civil War. Union troops were stationed at Relay and in Howard County to protect the bridge. We know how the War turned out, but do you know the stories of the troops on the Patapsco? Ross Kimmel, Civil War expert, author, and retired chief historian for the Maryland Park Service, will talk about what it was like in 1861 -1865 at this key, border-state post.
Admission is free, but reservations are required due to limited seating.
Oella House and Garden Tour
Join us for a delightful day exploring Oella, and learn about the village that grew up around Banneker and the Ellicotts. Travel by mini-bus and explore 16 sites in Oella including the Banneker Museum, Molly Bannaky House, Mt. Gilboa AME Church, the George Ellicott House, B&O Railroad Museum, Historic Oella Cemetery, Oella Garden and historic mill homes and modern residences. One of three tours offered this year by the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage. Adults and teens- $35 per person; More information and tickets available at http://www.mhgp.org/
What’s Cookin’, Mr. Banneker?
Hosted by the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum. A late spring meal will be prepared in Mr. Banneker’s cabin this afternoon. Drop by, chat with costumed interpreters and witness 18th century cooking techniques at the hearth. All ages, FREE, no registration necessary.
Lee Preston, former president of the Upper Patuxent Archaeology Group, President of the Friends of Patapsco Female Institute and instructor at Howard Community College will discuss the Dorsey Family, Avalon Iron Works and the vital Colonial Iron Industry in Elk Ridge as well as the role that the Patapsco Valley played in the production of iron before, during and after the American Revolution and into the 19th century.
Sponsored in partnership with the Patapsco Heritage Area and the Howard County Library System. Tickets are free, but space is limited and registration is required.
Colonial Market Fair
Saturday, June 10 and 11; 10:00-4:00
Travel back in time to life in the eighteenth century and enjoy an interactive visit with costumed crafters, tradesmen, sutlers and musicians. Stop by Mr. Banneker’s cabin, hike his farmstead trails, and learn the story of this amazing African American writer, astronomer, mathematician and surveyor of our nation’s capital. Lots of hands-on activities including colonial crafts and games for the children.
All ages. Event is FREE, $5 per car donation for parking
For more information: www.ColonialMarketFair.com