To be a comfortable, competent driver, I’ve decided, I need to drive every day. Since I’m not naturally a spontaneous person, this means I have to plan to go somewhere every day. I started making a list of places to go. So far, I’ve gone to Fort McHenry, where the Star-Spangled Banner was written while Baltimore was under attack by the British. I’ve gone to the Baltimore Museum of Art. On Sunday I went to the black Pentecostal church where I was on Good Friday. Yesterday I drove to Ellicott City, about five miles away.
This little village, founded as Ellicott Mills in 1771, has retained its original buildings, built into the steep hills. On Main Street and some of the side streets and alleys are thriving shops, bars, and restaurants. It’s a tourist, eating-and-drinking, and shopping destination. Lots of antique and decorator shops. Again I was without my camera, but I used my mobile phone to get some shots to show you. Here’s the back of a house built right into the stream that runs behind Main Street.
Here’s a view of Main Street. Notice the steeple in the background.
From Main Street I got this view of a house built on an enormous rock out-cropping.
At Tiber Alley and Main Street is the Tiber Tea Shop where they serve afternoon teas.
Back on Tiber Alley is a bar and restaurant called The Rumor Mill. It is housed in an old mill, right on the stream. Notice the cobblestone alley.
Here’s the restaurant entrance at right angle to the bar entrance.
And here’s the rear view of this old mill. The boarded openings go right down to the creek. Note the steeple.
Many church steeples can be seen far up and beyond Main Street. For example, here’s one behind the house built on the rock.
This is the florist!
Here’s another shot of Main Street. See the brick sidewalk? The building with the balcony has apartments for rent.
From the parking lot behind Main Street, I saw these houses built on the steep hill.
The red house is a shop of some kind. The dark posts along the white fence are topped with carved women’s heads, about six of them.
The railroad runs right through town on elevated tracks. Here you can see a passing freight train. The historic train station is now a railroad museum. The original fire station is another museum.
Okay. That was my destination yesterday. I drove further out Frederick Road, which is Main Street in town, into the countryside. It quickly becomes rural. Then I turned around and went back home.
I’ve started listing places to go, but it’s actually hard for me to think of places where I really want to go. Ernie says that’s because I don’t like shopping.