Are you interested in seeing what an historic textile mill town that retained its housing looks like? Curious about what a trendy decorator’s home might look like inside or how modern life has been accommodated in historic mill worker homes? Wondering what charming garden and natural scenes might unfold in the steep nooks and crannies of the Patapsco valley? Come tour Oella, just east of Main Street Ellicott City, on Saturday, May 13th with the Maryland House & Garden Pilgrimage. Parking, comfortable circulating buses, and lunches are available. Limited number of reduced price tickets (cash/check only) are available through the Visitors’ Center in Ellicott City or at 803 Oella Ave, or they can be purchased online at www.mhgp.org. Full price tour and lunch tickets ($40/$15; cash/check only) can be obtained on the day of the Pilgrimage at the 1789 George Ellicott House, 24 Westchester Ave at corner of Fredrick Road, Oella; Ellicott City B&ORR Museum or the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum, 300 Oella Avenue. Proceeds from the non-profit tour directly benefit Oella visitors and community.
Full descriptions of the 16 diverse historic and modern homes, churches, museums, and blooming gardens are available at http://www.mhgp.org/baltimore-county-2017. Tour the Oella Mill to see how it has been recycled into apartments, or visit The Alhambra, the handsome, 1859 white Ellicott house overlooking the Ellicott City bridge that has just been renovated. One of the homes overlooking the river was built atop a stone foundation of a former church. The congregation of Mt. Gilboa, the oldest African American church in Baltimore County, will have its doors open. Other stops on the Pilgrimage tour include a hundred-year-old white frame church cleverly converted into offices. What a treat to see inside these amazing buildings! Since the pilgrimage tour will be held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on the day before Mothers’ Day, it’s a perfect opportunity to buy tickets and lunch and share the day with a Dear One. Contact 410-323-4065 if have questions, or email DHammert@gmail.com if you’d be interested in volunteering as a docent for part of the day and also touring.