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Maryland House & Garden Pilgrimage -Oella

May 13, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Proceeds from the Pilgrimage will provide interpretive signage to enhance the No. 9 Trolley Trail, a picturesque and well-used, paved path starting within the National Register community which formerly provided streetcar access between Ellicott City and Baltimore. The Trolley Trail signs will provide insight into the history through which it passes, such as how the Cooper’s Branch stream got its name (barrels were made alongside) and how Ellicott City’s founders were connected to local landowner Benjamin Banneker, often considered America’s first African American man of science (Sites #1 and #2). They will also focus on how geology effected development, such as the 60’ deep cut adjacent to #13 The Alhambra necessary to bring the trolley line through the stone hillside, Oella schist, and Ellicott City’s geologically significant granite that were so important to the early millers settling in the area.

Proceeds will supplement funds for a sign for the #10 Ellicott City/Oella Entrance Garden, a visible and popular respite adjacent to the river created with 2008 Pilgrimage proceeds; and another for #3 Oella Cemetery, established for textile millworkers and their families, which after decades of neglect is being cared for once again. The new Entrance Garden sign will document the fascinating history of the area and its relationship to the Patapsco River Valley’s unique environmental resources, such as the fall line waterpower, which sparked the milling and village. To the extent possible, proceeds will also improve landscaping at the Oella Entrance Garden and/or the Oella Cemetery which is an underfunded project. These new interpretive signs will raise awareness in the community and to visitors of the sites’ historical significance. This link to Oella’s history will enhance community pride and appreciation. Through the signage, the unique story of Oella can be traced and unfolded for the next generation.

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May 13, 2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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