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

Howard County Courthouse, 1843:

National Park Service Underground Railroad

 

—Network to Freedom —

 
Howard County Courthouse, 1843: Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 18, 2017
1. Howard County Courthouse, 1843: Marker
Inscription. The 1843 Howard County Courthouse, Located on Court Avenue in the Historic District of Ellicott City, Maryland, was the location for judicial proceedings related to legal cases involving those charged with encouraging enslaved persons to run away. From 1843 to the end of slavery in Maryland on November 1, 1864. The Courthouse was designed and built of native granite between 1840 and 1843, and is located high atop Capitoline Hill above Main Street in Ellicott City. Arguably, the most famous case involved the transfer of known Underground Railroad agent William L. Chaplin of New York from Montgomery County to Howard County in 1850 but there were many cases involving local free Blacks like that of Warner Cook, charged with enticing those enslaved to run away.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 39° 16.091′ N, 76° 47.925′ W. Marker is in Ellicott City, Maryland, in Howard County. Marker can be reached from Court Avenue. Touch for map. This marker is at the Howard County Circuit Courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8360 Court Avenue, Ellicott City MD 21043, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Word Wars I, II and Korea Memorial (here, next to this marker); Wootton Law Offices
Howard County Courthouse, 1843: Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 18, 2017
2. Howard County Courthouse, 1843: Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Starr Funeral Home (within shouting distance of this marker); The Firehouse Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Disney’s Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Yates Market & Hardware (within shouting distance of this marker); Baltimore Regional Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sykes Building (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ellicott City.
 
Also see . . .  HO-51 - Howard County Courthouse. Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties Form. (Submitted on December 19, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansNotable Buildings
 
Howard County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 18, 2017
3. Howard County Courthouse
Howard County Courthouse Cupola image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 18, 2017
4. Howard County Courthouse Cupola
Weathervane image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 18, 2017
5. Weathervane
Court House,<br>built 1843 image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
6. Court House,
built 1843
From a c. 1854 lithograph by E. Sachse & Co.
Courthouse Cannon image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 18, 2017
7. Courthouse Cannon
“Facing Court House Lane is the Howard County Courthouse on Capitoline Hill. Like most buildings in Ellicott City it is a Classic-­Revival structure of local granite. The battered old British cannon on the lawn, captured at the Battle of Bladensburg in the War of 1812 by ‘Bachelor’ John Dorsey, was one of the few souvenirs the Americans got out of that encounter.” -- Maryland, a Guide to the Old Line State, 1940.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 28, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 19, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 82 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 19, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   6. submitted on December 21, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   7. submitted on December 19, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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