Howard History

December 25, 2005

1933: firehouse Christmas garden

In Ellicott City, where the railroad is part of the community's heritage, a visitor to the local fire station in 1933 could see, for a brief time, an example of another Baltimore-area tradition. That year, the fire company created an elaborate Christmas garden featuring model trains in a complex layout - complete with a miniature dirigible hovering above. "Because of the Depression, the men had spare time to build the garden," said local historian Joetta M. Cramm. Unfortunately, however, "the tradition did not last," at least in that corner of the county.

[Source: Howard County, A Pictorial History]

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