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Fells Lane Community

 
 
Fells Lane Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 18, 2017
1. Fells Lane Community Marker
Inscription. You are standing at the site of the historic African American neighborhood of Fells Lane. The homes were demolished n the 1970s, and the street renamed Fels, after community activists fought for the construction of a new neighborhood.

This 1964 neighborhood map, created by former resident Tyrone Tyler, shows the housing layout of the Fells Lane community that existed on what is now Parking Lot F. More than 40 families lived in this area from Main street to the Fells Lane Elementary School.

In the spring of 1969, residents from Fells Lane, Mercer Street, Merryman Street, New Cut Road, and Main Street moved to the newly built Hilltop housing complex on Mt. Ida Drive. The old houses on Fells Lane were demolished during the early 1970s.

Only one house on lower Fells Lane (The Heine House) and two houses from Mercer Street are still standing. The lettered housed along Main Street were torn down to make way for Ellicot Mills Drive. the Hilltop housing complex was razed and replaced by Burgess Mill Station.
 
Location. 39° 16.149′ N, 76° 48.063′ W. Marker is in Ellicott City, Maryland, in Howard County. Marker is at the intersection of Ellicotts Mills Drive and Main Street (Maryland Route 144), on the right when traveling north
Fells Lane Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 18, 2017
2. Fells Lane Community Marker
on Ellicotts Mills Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ellicott City MD 21043, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking 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); Fire House Annex (within shouting distance of this marker); New Fire Station & Transit Terminal (within shouting distance of this marker); Ellicott City Volunteer Fire Department (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jonathan Ellicott Building (about 300 feet away); Disney’s Tavern (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ellicott City.
 
Categories. African AmericansNotable Places
 
Fells Lane Community image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 18, 2017
3. Fells Lane Community
This 1964 neighborhood map, created by former resident Tyrone Tyler, shows the housing layout of the Fells Lane community that existed on what is now Parking Lot F. More than 40 families lived in this area from Main street to the Fells Lane Elementary School.
Close-up of map on marker
Fells Lane, c. 1965 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 18, 2017
4. Fells Lane, c. 1965
The neighborhood as it looked in the 1960s. Facing south from 41 Fells Lane toward Main Street, Elliott city, c. 1965.
Close-up of photo on marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 23, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 77 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 23, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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