Few names conjure up as much respect, admiration or praise as that of Frederick Douglass. On the 200th anniversary of his birth, Preservation Maryland is proud to remember the contributions of one the state’s most famous citizens.
Abraham Lincoln made many visits and stops in Maryland over the course of his presidency and broader political career, but perhaps none are as photographically iconic as his trip to the Maryland countryside in October of 1862.
Castle Angelo, 1975. Photo from Maryland Historical Trust.
Only in Maryland: Castle Angelo in Ellicott City
10/01/2017 By Meagan Baco
Castle Angelo holds court atop a slope overlooking the Patapsco River and the B&O Railroad Tracks an extremely unique site in Maryland! The castle-like Gothic building built in the 1830s still stands and is much of a landmark now as it was when special rail excursions were led from Baltimore just to catch a glimpse of the castle on the hill.
On Friday, October 13, 2017, the private owners and the Patapsco Valley Heritage Area will offer a limited number of guests a behind the scenes look at Castle Angelo. Update: This event is sold out, but can add your name to the waitlist. The house and gardens have recently been restored and the home building is currently for sale.
Castle Angelo was built in 1831 by…Monsieur Samual Vaughn. It is supposedly a copy of a miniature French castle but the use of the octagonal towers gives it a more English renaissance air than a French one. The Gothic arched windows flanking the Gothic arched front entrance are representative of the Gothic revival style.
Architecturally Castle Angelo is unique to Howard County. Historically it is tied to St. Paul’s Church, the first Roman Catholic Church, in Ellicott City where it served as a rectory…
Angelo Castle was also pointed out by conductors of the B&O Railroad when passenger service brought tourists to Ellicott City in the 1800s. Trains would stop to allow passengers a chance to gaze on this unique building and fantasize.