In light of the devastating flood that ravaged Ellicott City, Maryland on May 27, Preservation Maryland has reactivated their Flood Recovery Fund. The flash flood followed a series of thunderstorms that saturated the area with nearly ten inches of rain in two hours. It caused major damage to the Ellicott City Historic District, which contains the 1831 Ellicott City Train Station, the oldest passenger train station remaining in the United States which now serves as a Baltimore & Ohio Railway Museum. The station was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1968. The downtown district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
Preservation Maryland is seeking donations to help the owners of damaged historic properties with technical and financial support as they recover from the flood. The recovery fund was previously used to survey, document, and repair damages caused by the July, 2016 flood, which also did substantial damage to the city’s historic resources.