Ellicott City B&O Railroad Station Museum

Behind the Scenes

November 22, 1998|By Karin Remesch

Mission: The museum is under the stewardship of Historic Ellicott City Inc., a volunteer nonprofit organization whose mission is education, preservation and restoration in Ellicott City's historic district. The organization maintains three museums - the train museum, the Heritage Orientation Center and the Thomas Isaac Log Cabin. The buildings are used in creative educational programming, such as "Two Centuries on Main Street" and "Roads to Rails."

Latest accomplishment: The railroad station museum is the oldest train station in America, built in 1831. A comprehensive restoration of the facility was recently completed, making it the only building of its kind in the world. The restoration allows for programming that educates and entertains the public about the birth and development of America's first railroad, the Baltimore & Ohio.

On the horizon: Beginning Friday and running through January, the museum presents a holiday exhibit of model trains. The new exhibit features six layouts with a total of 24 operating trains, including a detailed, multilevel layout with a panoramic 360-degree view. Living-history performers in period dress re-enact Christmas in Maryland in 1863. A private collection of antique model trains and accessories also is on display.

About the museum: Membership: 325. Attendance: 22,000 annually. Operating budget: $158,000.

Where and when: Corner of Main Street and Maryland Avenue, Ellicott City. Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Monday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. Extended hours Christmas week. Open Monday through Friday in January. Call 410-461-1944.

Janet P. Kusterer, acting president, board of directors: "Last spring, Historic Ellicott City Inc. was honored by the Historic District Commission for 25 years of faithful service to the community. Looking to the future, we are energized by the possibilities of a host of projects we could be part of - like building a working mill or a covered bridge. These plans, as well as continued creative programming at the train museum and our other facilities, will help maintain the vitality of our wonderful mill town."

Members of the board of Historic Ellicott City

Enalee Bounds

Roland Bounds

Paul Bridge

Giuliana Cox

Frank DiPietro

Judith Draper

Margaret Filbert

Dodie Gaudry

Charlotte Holland

Herbert Johl

Virginia Kinney

Ronald Kvech

Thomas Kusterer

Lorna Ozgun

Ann Ryder

Patricia Sadler

Gerald Talbert

Mary Zeigler

Pub Date: 11/22/98

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