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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
Joseph Arnold and Ed Orser.

Catonsville - Images of America by Marsha Wight Wise

Ellicott City (MD) (Images of America) by Marsha Wight Wise

The Gwynns Falls - Baltimore Greenway to the Chesapeake Bay by W. Edward Orser

Historic Ellicott City, A Walking Tour by Joetta Cramm

A 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)

Phase I Photos (6.4 Mb pdf)

Phase I 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 work efforts.

Baltimore County (from north to south)

Cedar Run Recon - 2Feb08 (32Kb pdf)

Miller Run

Miller Run Recon - 21Jun06 (35Kb pdf)

Miller Run -Rockhaven Recon - 6Jun07
(18Kb pdf)

Coopers Run - 28Feb09
(33Kb pdf)

Thistle Recon - 2Jun07 (40Kb pdf)

Sawmill Branch Recon - 2Dec06 (1.1Mb pdf)

Bull Run - 12Apr08 (24Kb pdf)

SoapStone Branch Recon - 26Aug06 (26Kb pdf)

Herbert Run

    west branch

    Herbert Run Confluence Point Recon - 17Jun06 (5.4Mb pdf)

    east branch

    Herbert Run - Edmonson Ave Recon - 2Oct07 (18Kb pdf)

    confluence of east and west branches to Patapsco River

    Herbert Run - Halethorpe Train Station/Hollins Ferry Road -        25Apr09 (23Kb pdf)

Howard County
(from north to south)

Sucker Branch

Tiber Hudson (Tiber Hudson Subwatershed Restoration Action Plan)

Bonnie Branch

Rockburn Branch

Deep Run

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 MB pdf)

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