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

The Road to Prosperity

Ellicott's Mills

 
 
The Road to Prosperity Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 18, 2017
1. The Road to Prosperity Marker
Inscription. Ellicott City’s Main Street, with its businesses, shops and dining establishments, reflects four centuries of prosperity built through hard work, innovation and the connection to economic opportunity. In 1771, the Patapsco River Valley was a “wild place” when it was settled by the Ellicott family. Brothers Andrew, Joseph and John chose the valley because it offered the balance of two things needed for a successful milling operation – water power and land fertile enough to grow wheat. As the milling business grew, the Ellicotts initiated their expansion through the building of a road west to Doughoregan Manor, home of Declaration of Independence signer, Charles Carroll, their partner in the wheat growing end of the business. In 1790, Jonathan Ellicott, son of Andrew, oversaw the extension of the road to Frederick, when it became the Frederick Turnpike. To move goods eastward, the Ellicotts funded and constructed a road to Baltimore’s waterfront where they built a wharf on the property they owned. The successful completion of the system of roads from Frederick to Baltimore was instrumental in the 1806 Congressional decision to build the first federally-funded road west from Cumberland, Maryland with the purpose of connecting an east coast seaport to the Mississippi River.
 
Erected
The Road to Prosperity Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 18, 2017
2. The Road to Prosperity Marker
and the Old Courthouse
2006.
 
Location. 39° 16.13′ N, 76° 48.043′ W. Marker is in Ellicott City, Maryland, in Howard County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Main Street (Maryland Route 144) and Ellicott Mills Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8394 Main Street, Ellicott City MD 21043, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Court House, 1840: (within shouting distance of this marker); The National Road (within shouting distance of this marker); MaryLandscapes (within shouting distance of this marker); Ellicott’s Mills (within shouting distance of this marker); New Fire Station & Transit Terminal (within shouting distance of this marker); Fire House Annex (within shouting distance of this marker); Fells Lane Community (within shouting distance of this marker); Ellicott City Volunteer Fire Department (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ellicott City.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles
 
The Road to Prosperity Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 15, 2006
3. The Road to Prosperity Marker
and the Thomas Isaac Log House.
Ellicott Houses image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
4. Ellicott Houses
With the road to Baltimore in the forefront, the Ellicott Homes of John, Jonathan and George sat elegantly behind the millrace. A store was built in 1790 and the town was named ‘Ellicott Mills’. from a E. Sachse lithograph, c. 1854.
Samuel Burgess image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 18, 2017
5. Samuel Burgess
Three generations of the Burgess Family operated out of the wooden structure in front of you. Samuel Burgess ran a grist mill for three months and a wheelwright/blacksmith shop for the rest of each year. In 1917, the building became Burgess Automobile Sales and Service.
Close-up of photo on marker
Unveiling image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 15, 2006
6. Unveiling
Senator Paul Sarbanes et al. unveil this marker on May 15, 2006.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 22, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 33 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 22, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   3. submitted on December 24, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   4, 5, 6. submitted on December 22, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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