Thursday, May 12, 2011

Ellicott City, Maryland...So Charming!

Greetings Sweeties, from Baltimore, Maryland!!!

Being a southern California girl born & bred,
going to the East Coast always has a touch of MAGIC to it.

{the oldest surviving railroad station in America}
I LOVE American History!
I wish when I was in high school I would have known that American History
would be such a passion of mine, maybe I would have paid a little more attention! ;)

Here, I'm surrounded by the history that founded this country that I'm so proud of...

it's every where you go & every where you look.

The little hamlet of Historic Ellicott City, MD did not disappoint,
I adored it's beyond CHARMING atmosphere!

It's a town of antique shops, boutiques & bistros,

{Babe Ruth was married at St. Paul's Church to Helen Woodford in 1914}
just the kind of place you can't help but think,
"I want to live here & open up a tiny shop too!"

Old stone churches,


& corbels.

This quaint old town was built on the National Road in the 1700's.
George Washington rode his horse down this road
on his way from Mount Vernon to Annapolis.

This town was here prior to the American Revolution,
how COOL is THAT??

If only windows & wood could talk,
what a story they could tell us.

The Patapsco River winds itself through & around town,

under buildings & bridges,

leaving everything lush & green & GORGIOUS!

Ellicott City was intially a flour mill town, orginally settled by
three Quaker brothers from Pennsylvania in 1772,
4 years before the Declaration of Independence was signed.
Again...Just Cool!

This row of stone houses was built as residences
for mill workers out of granite stones made in the local quarry.

They still stand strong & proud against centuries of wear.

These amazing gems are now filled with boutiques,
outdoor cafes & The French Market coffeeshop...yummmmmy,

all sitting on the banks of the Patapsco River.

Don't you just LOVE to explore new places??

My very favoritest quote by Mark Twain says it all...

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the
things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.

Wish you were HERE!!!