Elkridge in Howard County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Orange Grove: A Small Neighborly Community
Orange Grove was once home to more than a dozen flour mill workers and their families. Prior to 1905, nine houses and an combination one-room church/school lined the river. Cows grazed in the pasture where the pavilion now stands, each home owned by Patapsco Flour Mill Company, which operated a mill across the river.
Neighbors gathered at the village water pump not only to collect drinking water, but also to exchange news. The minister, teacher, doctor, butcher, and produce grocer traveled on foot, horseback or horse-drawn wagon to service the community or sell their wares.
Of the town's 41 people in 1900, 19 were children. Thomas Phillips, who grew up here, reminisces how the river valley was a magnificent playground with opportunities for mischief and fun. Children enjoyed snow-sledding and ice skating on the lake created by the mill's dam. One of the favored pastimes was "chestnut hunting."
As you wander through the park today, imagine the different sights, sounds and smells of Orange Grove when it was a mill town.
Location. Click for map. In the Orange Grove Area of Patapsco Valley State Park, at the head of the Cascade Falls Trail. 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. Back to Nature in the Patapsco Valley (here, next to this marker); Besley Demonstration Campsite (here, next to this marker); Patapsco Superlative: (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Building America's First Railroad (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Destructive Power of the Patapsco (approx. 0.6 miles away); The River Makes Electricity (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Changing River Valley (approx. one mile away); Bringing Trade to Baltimore (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Elkridge.
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