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Flour Power

Mar 16, 2018

The drawing is by George Ellicott, son of one of the founders of Ellicotts’ Mills (Andrew Ellicott), and dates from the early 1780s. The merchant flour mill is the structure in the center, built in 1774.
Credit Maryland Historical Society

In the late 1700s, the Quaker Ellicott brothers moved from Pennsylvania to Elder’s Landing, Maryland … to build a flour mill on the banks of the Patapsco River--larger than typical grist mills nearby. Architectural historian and author Henry Sharp argues that the Ellicott brothers’ mill played a key role, not just in the growth of Maryland, but also in the Industrial Revolution.

Henry Sharp will be speaking at an event on March 19th at the Charles E. Miller Branch Library at 7 pm. Information and registration here. Henry Sharp will be back in town in September 7th at the Museum of Howard County History. Detail here.