Experience the rich history, and the beautiful natural surroundings of the Patapsco Valley Heritage Area! Participate in family-friendly educational programs, unique festivals, recreational adventures and cultural arts activities. Volunteer for one of our stewardship opportunities to plant trees, remove invasives or help in a stream cleanup. Check back often and follow us on Facebook to keep up with the latest happenings to help you engage in the Patapsco as never before!
Patapsco is a body of archival, photographic, and sculptural works anchored by artist Riley Goodman’s relationship with the Patapsco River Valley. The series, inspired largely in the aftermath of the 2016 Ellicott City flood, operates as a means to illustrate a narrative through objects, places, and stories that have endured the passage of time and have been recovered by the artist over the past sixteen years.
Each work is established through its representation of the towns of Catonsville, Daniels, and Ellicott City, Maryland. The work analyzes the relationship of these three locations to the Patapsco River and to Goodman’s personal and genealogical history.
Patapsco seeks to expose history that is hiding in plain site, each piece contributing to a larger story of the historically rich Patapsco River Valley and the way in which this area has nurtured and shaped the artist as a person.
The exhibit is presented in conjunction with Ellicott City’s Flood Commemoration Anniversary by the Howard County Historical Society and Patapsco Heritage Greenway. It is sponsored by Indigo Ink Digital Printing.
Join us as we tackle the Patapsco River just downstream from Ellicott City. We will be conducting this cleanup in partnership with the Maryland Department of the Environment.
Wear close-toed shoes, long pants and sleeves and bring gloves if you have them. Children under the age of 16 should be accompanied by an adult. This is also a great area to cross the river and grab trash from the other side (if water levels are low enough), so bring waders if you have them or clothes you don’t mind getting wet! Stay tuned for more details- we’ll send out more information including where to park to all registrants 36 hours ahead of the event. Make sure to register using the external link to stay updated.
Does your organization have a great project in mind for the Patapsco that helps celebrate its history, environment or culture? Learn about mini-grant opportunities from the Patapsco Heritage Area and capital and non-capital grant opportunities from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority. Registration is required!
Join REI employees in this Patapsco Valley State Park clean up to celebrate National Public Lands Day! Wear sturdy shoes, long pants, long sleeves and sunscreen. Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated. We’ll provide the training and materials you need to make a difference. Please note that these activities can be used to fulfill your community service and service learning hours!
More details regarding the specific location within the park and parking instructions will be sent out 48 hours prior. Please register using the external link to stay updated!
Join Patapsco Heritage Greenway and the Spring Grove Arboretum to remove invasive English Ivy from trees on the Spring Grove Hospital Center campus. This area is the future Spring Grove Arboretum site, and we need your help to remove the ivy before it can further compromise the safety and health of the trees. Feel free to bring any manual hand tools you have that could help cut the ivy (we will have extras as well) and a water bottle. Specific details regarding parking will be sent out 36-48 hours prior to the event. Make sure to register using the external link to stay updated!
Panel Discussion led by Pat Greenwald
African-American churches have long been an important part of the cultural fabric of Howard County. Even before the abolition of slavery, faith groups had organized among our area’s people of color. Representatives of these groups will present a panel discussion on their history and relevance in the county, as well as noting the challenges facing the congregations today.
The Howard County Historical Society Museum (8328 Court Ave, Ellicott City) is proud to host a series of “lunchtime” lectures for 2017. Bring your own lunch. Drinks and treats will be provided. Tickets are Free for HCHS Members and only $5 for non-members. Doors open at 11:30am. Each lecture runs noon-1:00pm followed by an optional tour of the museum 1:00-1:30pm. (410) 480-3250.
Join employees from Energetics for their 3rd Annual Patapsco watershed cleanup! This year we’ll be tackling Miller’s Run, a stream in Catonsville that eventually runs into the Patapsco River. Wear sturdy shoes, long pants and long sleeves and sunscreen! Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated. We’ll provide the training and materials you need to make a difference. Please note that these activities can be used to fulfill your community service and service learning hours! More specific information, including parking details, will be sent out 36 hours before the event. Make sure to register using the external link to stay updated.
A private tour of Castle Angelo! Get a behind the scenes look at this unique Ellicott City landmark. The “castle on the hill’ was a rail excursion destination for residents of Baltimore City who used to ride out to see this unique home built in the 1830’s. Light refreshments will be served. This is a ticketed event and reservations are required. Click on the green ticket tab in the top right of the screen to make your reservations!
New England’s late 18th and early 19th century textile mills have long been seen as the originators of the American Industrial Revolution. Is it true? In this special event, noted architectural historian, Henry K. Sharp, presents his new research and book, America’s First Factory Town. which tells another story. Sharp’s groundbreaking research identifies the Patapsco Valley and the mid-Atlantic region as the epicenter of the industrial revolution which began a full generation before the textile mills of New England began production. This is a free event co-sponsored by the Howard County Library System and the Howard County Historical Society. Books will be available for purchase and for signature. Space is limited and reservations are required