What you are about to read will seem surreal – perhaps a story from a book of nightmarish tales of long ago. But I have researched everything in this article. It is all real albeit very frightening.
The History of Floods in Ellicott City, MD
The town is prone to flooding from the Patapsco River and its tributary the Tiber River. These floods have had a major impact on the history of the town, often destroying important businesses and killing many.
Ellicott City has had major devastating floods in 1817, 1837, 1868, 1901, 1917, 1923, 1938, 1942, 1952, 1956, 1972 (Hurricane Agnes), 1975 (Hurricane Eloise), 1989, 2011, 2016, and 2018. The 1868 flood washed away 14 houses, killing 39 to 43 (accounts vary) in and around Ellicott City. It wiped out the Granite Manufacturing Cotton Mill, Charles A. Gambrill’s Patapsco Mill, John Lee Carroll‘s mill buildings, and dozens of homes. One mill was rebuilt by Charles Gambrill, which remained in operation until a fire in 1916.:36
A 1923 flood topped bridges, in 1952 an 8-foot (2.4 m) wall of water swept the shops of Ellicott City, and a 1956 flood inflicted heavy damage at the Bartigis Brothers plant. On June 21, 1972, the Patapsco River valley flooded 14.5 feet (4.4 m) from the remnants of Hurricane Agnes, taking out a concrete bridge, destroying the Jonathan Ellicott home, and the 1910 Victor Blode water filtration plant, and flooding Main Street to the Odd Fellowshall.:26 The Old Main Line of the B&O Railroad also sustained serious damage.
On September 27, 1975, the town was flooded 9.0 feet (2.7 m) from Hurricane Eloise. Floods also occurred September 22, 1989, from Hurricane Hugo, and on September 7, 2011, flooding 11.0 feet (3.4 m) from Tropical Storm Lee.
On July 30, 2016, a storm dropped 6 inches (150 mm) of rain in two hours on the community. The resulting flash flood caused severe damage in historic Ellicott City, especially along Main Street. Many homes, roads, businesses, sidewalks, and more were destroyed by the flooding, including the town’s landmark clock. A state of emergency was declared, and two people died as a result of the flooding.
On the afternoon of May 27, 2018, historic Main Street flooded again, after the region received over eight inches of rain in the span of two hours,just days before the new flood emergency alert system was to become operational.
This haunting stone gazebo is one of the few remnants of an abandoned college that has been a magnet for local legends.
Buried in the woods of Patapsco Valley State Park are the ruins of St. Mary’s College, and since the main buildings have been torn down a single stone gazebo still shelters a metal cross despite the popular local legends involving Satan-worshippers and ghosts.
*** As of 2017, the Cross was stolen – leaving only the altar
St. Mary’s College was built in 1868 to train young men on their way to taking up the cloth. Unfortunately for the college (but fortunately for urban explorers) the schools student body slowly evaporated until there were just not enough to keep things going and the facility was abandoned in 1972. The empty buildings slowly decayed as curious explorers, urban legend hunters, and hormonal teenagers took charge of the property. The haunting ruins soon became the subject of countless local legends involving every sort of supernatural clap-trap from satanic cults to restless souls, eventually earning the buildings the colloquial name, “Hell House.”
***Notice the date the college was built 1868 is the same year a devastating flood destroyed Ellicott City, MD.
After a fire in 1997 the buildings were essentially gutted (although no less haunting) and by 2006 the remaining structures were torn down. (emphasis added)
While there are still other remnants of the college littering the grounds including foundations and concrete staircases, the most stunning relic on the site is the Christian altar that still stands beneath a crumbling, colonnaded pavilion. The large metal cross sitting beneath the faux-classical dome seems like some ancient artifact from some bygone time. The ghost stories about Hell House may be malarky, but the site of the eerie old altar might make visitors think differently.
Update August, 2017: The cross is gone and the gazebo is still standing. – source
Hell House Altar with Cross
After Cross was stolen
Some of the Ruins – Notice the Illuminati symbol
In other articles I have written about Ellicott City, I have told the reader about the pagans, witches and WICCA members who own businesses and how Covens of witches come together in the city to worship their master – Satan.
I see clearly why the Lord raised up the Christian Coffee House where I used to sing. It was a glimmer of light from the Lord amidst evil, sorcery and witchcraft in Ellicott City.
I also now see why the Lord had “The Upper Room” on the top floor of a building, situated in the worst flooding area of the town. Our Father was protecting His people!
When the man who ran “The Upper Room” (coffee house) died in 1997; no one took over his position and the coffee house has been closed to this day.
Pray for the people who live in Ellicott City. We should pray for their safety, but more importantly we should be praying for their salvation.