Books & Reports
THE HAL SHARP BOOK
Based on a personal survey of the area and extensive research into primary sources, Hal Sharp has written an exciting history of the Patapsco River valley in its role as the Cradle of the Industrial Revolution in Maryland. The book is beautifully illustrated and published by the Maryland Historical Society in 2001. The project has been supported by the Friends of Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway and made possible by grants and contributions from the Maryland Historical Trust, Celebration 2000, and others.
Books on the Patapsco Valley
Catonsville 1880 to 1940, From Village to Suburb by
Joseph Arnold and Ed Orser.
Catonsville - Images of America by Marsha Wight
Ellicott City (MD) (Images of America) by Marsha
Gwynns Falls - Baltimore Greenway to the Chesapeake Bay by W. Edward
Ellicott City, A Walking Tour by Joetta Cramm
Pictorial History of Howard County by Joetta Cramm
(Joetta Cramm's books available while stocks last at Howard County
Tourism's Offices, around $10)
Guide to Building
and Restoration in Ellicott City, Maryland by Jean O. Hannon (available
at Miller and Central Libraries)
Rambles in the path of the steam-horse. A general historical and
descriptive view of the scenery, agricultural and mineral resources,
and prominent features of the travelled route from Baltimore to Harper's
Ferry, Cumberland, Wheeling, Cincinnati, and Louisville (1855)
ELLICOTT CITY HISTORIC DISTRICT DESIGN GUIDELINES, Howard County
Howard Co. Historic District Commission and Dept. of Planning and Zoning.
Local design guide, identifying neighborhood architectural styles, characteristic
features and qualities and targeting specific examples. Prescribed guidelines
for both renovation and new construction. 1998.
LAWYERS HILL HISTORIC DISTRICT DESIGN GUIDELINES comparable project
completed in 1995.
(The latter two guidelines can be reviewed at the Howard County Planning
Department office; these guidelines, as well as Historic District Maps
for both, are also available online here.)
Simkins Mill Phase I Assessment
Phase I Report
(3.5 Mb pdf)
I Photos (6.4 Mb pdf)
Map (370 Kb pdf)
PHG Events & Other Statistics
2006-2011 (Excel file)
Stream Reconnaissance Reports
FPVHG has been scouting streams in the various sub-watersheds of the
lower Patapsco Valley for the past several years. Our initial reconnaissance
efforts have centered on detecting environmental problem areas on the
Baltimore County side of the River. We hope to begin doing the same
type of investigations in Howard County in the near future. The "recons"
help both the counties and FPVHG to identify problems and prioritize
Baltimore County (from north to south)
Cedar Run Recon - 2Feb08
Miller Run Recon - 21Jun06
Miller Run -Rockhaven Recon - 6Jun07 (18Kb pdf)
Coopers Run - 28Feb09 (33Kb pdf)
Thistle Recon - 2Jun07
Sawmill Branch Recon - 2Dec06
Bull Run - 12Apr08
Recon - 26Aug06 (26Kb pdf)
Run Confluence Point Recon - 17Jun06 (5.4Mb pdf)
Run - Edmonson Ave Recon - 2Oct07 (18Kb pdf)
confluence of east and west branches to Patapsco
Run - Halethorpe Train Station/Hollins Ferry Road - 25Apr09
Howard County (from north to south)
Tiber Hudson (Tiber Hudson Subwatershed Restoration Action Plan)
Copies of the Hal Sharp book are available by calling
410-747-4325 or writing to: PHG, P.O. Box 96, Ellicott City, MD 21041
or at 803 Oella Ave., Oella, MD 21043.
Cost is $21.00 for members of FPVHG or $24.00 for non-members.
Patapsco Heritage Greenway Management Plan
2006 Newsletter (3.3 MB pdf)
2008 Newsletter (1.5