PaSNAPsco

PaSNAPsco is a photo contest open to any amateur or professional photographer except employees, former employees, Board Members, or Advisory Committee members of Patapsco Heritage Greenway. Specifications All photographs must be taken within the Patapsco Valley Heritage Area. SEE MAP. Note our boundaries have expanded and now include Granite, Marriottsville, Woodstock, and The Howard County…

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National Poetry Month

Did you know every April is National Poetry Month? This past year, PHG was a proud sponsor of the “See Through Poems” installation- a project of 25 poems in Main Street merchants’ windows as part of Ellicott City’s sesquicentennial (EC250) celebrations. Featuring poetry by historical figures ranging from Emily Dickinson to the Patapsco Valley’s own…

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Changing Horses at the Relay House

This painting by artist Hobart D. Stitt graced the cover of the April issue of the B&O Magazine in 1927. Entitled “Changing Horses at the Relay House” it depicts the arrival of a horse-drawn rail coach at Relay House–the first hotel used by the B&O Railroad. Before railroads horse-drawn coaches carried passengers between Baltimore and…

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New Deal Era Mural

On the walls within Howard County’s Welcome Center, located on Main Street in Historic Ellicott City, are two large colorful murals. The murals depicting the town’s heritage were installed in the old U.S. Post Office building as part of the nation’s “New Deal” effort to inspire community pride and provide local artists with employment. “Building…

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Winter View Overlooking the Patapsco

In this 1934-35 oil painting artist Stephens Berge captures a whimsical view of skaters headed down the hill from Elkridge to join others enjoying the frozen Patapsco River below. The Viaduct Hotel train station stands in its full glory across the bridge. The original oil painting is in the headquarters of the Elkridge Heritage Society.…

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B&O Blue

The plate above, housed in Ellicott City’s historic B&O Railroad Station Museum is a beautiful example of the famous B&O Blue dining china. The original distinctive deep blue-colored Colonial dining-car china was designed by Olive W. Dennis, a Cornell University-educated civil engineer, for the B&O’s 100th anniversary in 1927. Dennis began her career in 1920…

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Paint IT! Plein Air

The Ellicott City Colored School Restored was chosen by artist Ann J. Crostic as her subject matter during the 2020 annual Paint IT! Plein Air event, hosted by the Howard County Arts Council each year. The event draws many artists to sites around Howard County and to Ellicott City in particular. Each year Patapsco Heritage…

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Catonsville Arts & Entertainment District

In 2002, Catonsville was designated as “Music City, Maryland” because of its ties to music in both heritage and the abundance of music shops, businesses, and performance venues that can be found in Catonsville. Catonsville was designated Baltimore County’s first Arts & Entertainment District in 2019. Here you can discover the sound of creativity and…

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