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Elkridge in Howard County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Elkridge Furnace Inn

“Neighborhood Parlor” for Healing

 
 
Elkridge Furnace Inn Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 1, 2008
1. Elkridge Furnace Inn Marker
Inscription. On May 5, 1861, U.S. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler occupied Relay, Maryland, with the 8th New York and 6th Massachusetts Infantry Regiments and Cook's Boston Battery of light artillery. Their mission was to prevent Confederate sympathizers from sabotaging the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's Thomas Viaduct. Butler considered the viaduct the most important and vulnerable target for saboteurs in central Maryland because it was the only rail link to Washington, D.C. from the north. He stationed his men across the viaduct and positioned two guns on the commanding heights of ELkridge behind the Claremont mansion. Several other U.S. Army regiments and batteries later occupied the fortifications on both sides of the river, at Relay in Baltimore County and here on the heights of Elkridge at Camp Essex in Howard County. They remained in the area until the end of the war.

During the Civil War, passions ran high here as in other parts of the nation. Afterward, Judge George Dobbin donated land for the Lawyer's Hill Assembly Hall on Elkridge Heights. Judge Dobbin envisioned the hall, built about 1870, as a "neighborhood parlor" where the divisions caused by the war might be healed. The hall soon became the favored location for social and cultural activities that were previously held in homes on the hill before the war.

The Elkridge Furnace
Location of marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 1, 2008
2. Location of marker
Inn here was first established as a tavern in 1744. In 1810, the Ellicott brothers purchased the furnace and taver, attaching an elegant dwelling to the inn for their families.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 39° 12.823′ N, 76° 42.268′ W. Marker is in Elkridge, Maryland, in Howard County. Marker is on Furnace Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Elkridge MD 21075, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Elk Ridge Landing (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Elk Ridge Landing (approx. half a mile away); During the Civil War (approx. 0.7 miles away); A Rural Vacation Spot (approx. 0.7 miles away); Masterpiece of the Early B&O Railroad (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Thomas Viaduct (approx. 0.8 miles away); Site of Old Relay Station and Hotel (approx. 0.8 miles away but has been reported missing); Supreme Sacrifice (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Elkridge.
 
Also see . . .  Elkridge Furnace Inn. (Submitted on March 1, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
View from marker toward Elkridge Furnace Inn image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 1, 2008
3. View from marker toward Elkridge Furnace Inn
Elkridge Furnace Inn image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 1, 2008
4. Elkridge Furnace Inn
 
 
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