Ellicott City Flood of 1868 Destroyed the Town Without One Drop of Rain!

Since the last flood in Ellicott City which devastated the town just two years after the flood in 2016, I’ve been doing research on the history of Ellicott City.  There are many things I could write about, but I have to say that the story I am about to tell the reader is both shocking and eerie – It seemed like something that Rod Serling would have imagined for his show “Twilight Zone.”

But this story is historical  truth.  I want the reader to know that many floods have taken place in Ellicott City, MD since the 1800’s and decimated the town each time.

But the first flood which occurred in 1868 seemed more like science fiction.  The author of the story is well known for writing about storms and floods and such.  He is truly gifted.  As I read his words, I felt as though I had gone through this tragedy. I couldn’t stop reading after he said that the flood occurred without one drop of rain…..

From davidhealeyauthor.com

Ellicott City Flood of 1868 Devastated Town

The following chapter comes from Great Storms of the Chesapeake and describes the Ellicott City flood of 1868.

One of the most devastating floods ever to strike the Chesapeake Bay region took place on the morning of July 24, 1868. Before the day was over, downtown Baltimore and Ellicott’s Mills (today known as Ellicott City) would be badly damaged, with bridges and houses swept away. As many as fifty lives would be lost. And yet not a drop of rain fell before the flood struck.

The cause of the flood remains something of a mystery today, though there is little doubt that a tremendous storm was taking place to the west of the city. Residents of the mill town of Ellicott City on the Patapsco River described how a strange darkness seemed to fall across the Patapsco Valley. Flashes of lightning punctuated the darkness, though the storm was so far off that thunder couldn’t be heard. So the people of Ellicott’s Mills and Baltimore went about their business, keeping an eye on the weather.

Baltimore at that time was a major city, while Ellicott’s Mills was a busy up-and-coming industrial center located fifteen miles upriver. The Patapsco was only navigable to Elkridge just a few miles downstream, so Ellicott’s Mills was not a port town. Instead, Ellicott’s Mills had become an important railroad town for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. The tracks followed the Patapsco River west through the narrow river valley toward Frederick and then the Appalachian Mountains beyond, linking east to west. In fact, the town had been the setting for the famous race in 1830 between the original Tom Thumb steam engine and a horse-drawn rail car. (The horse won the race.)

Vessels could not navigate the river at that point because it was too shallow, but the town did rely heavily on the river to power several flour and cotton mills. The mills employed hundreds of workers, many of whom lived in cottages and row houses within a stone’s throw of the river.

According to an account in The River of History: “At approximately 9:15 a.m., the westbound mail train steamed slowly from the railroad station and disappeared into an almost eerie darkness which had crept almost unnoticed eastward through the River Valley. The darkness intensified, interrupted by brilliant flashes of lightning illuminating the stone mills and houses lining the river’s edge.” According to witnesses, it became so dark that the millworkers had to stop work. Birds stopped singing.

The strange gloom and silence was like a warning. By 9:30 a.m., the Patapsco River had silently risen nearly ten feet. And then a terrible roaring sound. Villagers described a “wall of water” sweeping down the Patapsco. It was unlike anything they had ever seen. The normally quiet river continued to rise at the rate of one foot every two minutes. Soon, the river rose sixteen feet higher than ever before. The river that could normally be waded across with ease during a dry summer spell was now forty-five feet deep. It was described how spray and waves shot twenty feet into the air by the rushing flood. Trees and railroad ties bobbed like corks in the rushing water but struck with the force of battering rams.

The waves struck the mills along the shoreline and carried them away like matchsticks. Workers who had been too slow to get out disappeared in the current. Some of the mills were quite substantial, reaching several stories high and with stone walls reported to be as much as twenty feet thick, but they could not withstand the surge of the flood.

A group of thirteen millworkers’ houses near the Frederick Turnpike bridge was soon the scene of a terrible drama. Trapped by the flood, the families living there climbed to the rooftops. Their older children had been off at school; now these children watched helplessly from higher ground with the other villagers as one by one the houses crumbled in the flood. As the houses gave way, the survivors managed to cling to the roof of the next intact house. Finally, just one house stood with as many as thirty-six people—mostly women and very young children—shouting for help from the roof. But they were beyond rescue, separated from the shore by too great a distance. And then the last house washed away. Bodies would turn up downstream for days.

“Every tree and street, the conservatory, the fences and out-buildings are swept away,” wrote John F. Kennedy, supervisor at Gray’s Cotton Mill, in describing the aftermath of the flood.

A great part of the dwelling house is in ruins, a deposit of three or four feet of white sand spread over the grass plots; quantities of stone brought down the river from the mills destroyed above, strew over this deposit, porches carried away, my library entirely taken off, leaving no vestige of books, prints, busts or other articles with which it was furnished. Mr. Bowen’s house is lifted from its foundation and borne bodily away upon the flood. The devastation has so completely altered the aspect of the place that I should not know it.

Other, smaller villages along the Patapsco were caught by surprise, with more houses and mills destroyed. In the years that followed, many such homes and businesses were never rebuilt.

A small steam tugboat that plied the upper reaches of the river found itself nearly shipwrecked by the normally placid Patapsco but managed to ride out the swells. The flood swept on toward Baltimore, where it wrecked bridges and filled the streets and then the harbor with debris such as trees, stones and lumber.

In her 1972 book Ellicott City: Maryland’s 18th Century Mill Town, Celia M. Holland estimates the damage at more than $1 million by the time the floodwaters had ebbed. Accounts vary as to the number of lives lost, but most sources state that between thirty-six and fifty people died in the flood, making it one of the deadliest weather events in Maryland history.

Even now, it’s hard to say why the flood took place under such odd circumstances, considering that no storm of any consequence struck Ellicott City or Baltimore. The only flood of similar proportions took place in 1972 as a result of Tropical Storm Agnes, which was understandable, considering that the entire Chesapeake region was affected by heavy rainfall. Unfortunately, the flood of July 30, 2016, was another one for the record books. source

And of course the flood which just occurred is certainly another one for the record books.



Hell House in Ellicott City: Floods, Fires and the Stealing of a Cross

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.

From MSM.com 

Ellicott City MD has CENTURIES of Flooding History   <Video   

From Wikipedia.com

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,[58] 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.[58] One mill was rebuilt by Charles Gambrill, which remained in operation until a fire in 1916.[10]:36

Historic flood stages marked on the B&O viaduct, c. 2006. Hurricane Agnes flood stage (14.5 feet (4.4 m)) is in the middle of the photograph.

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.[10]: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.[59] Many homes, roads, businesses, sidewalks, and more were destroyed by the flooding, including the town’s landmark clock.[60] A state of emergency was declared, and two people died as a result of the flooding.[61][62]

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,[63]just days before the new flood emergency alert system was to become operational.[64]

From atlasobsura.com

Ellicott City MD – Hell House Altar

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.

Shalom b’Yeshua








Witchcraft and Wicca “Meet Up” on June 5th in ELLICOTT CITY, MD Cancelled by God

My husband and I live in Maryland. Covens of witches, Wicca members and Pagans are no strangers to our State.

But there is a town in Maryland which has made national news twice in the last two years – with the same story.  Ellicott City, MD was pounded and destroyed by torrential downpours which resulted in disastrous fast moving floods in July of 2016; and just two days ago, this town was once again raveged  by raging floods which carried away cars and debris from stores on Main Street.

People were stranded in stores, hurrying to the second floor to avoid being carried away by flood waters. They watched in horror from second story windows.

The rebuilding from the 2016 flood event was still going on when shop owners watched in disbelief as the waters once again decimated their town.

After a three hour downpour, the Patapsco River swelled over its banks into Ellicott City, bringing unrelenting flood waters which once again destroyed everything in its path.

From meetup.com

Pagans and witches from the area were to have a “meet-up” on June 5th in the basement of a brewery in Ellicott City.

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Ellicott Mills Brewing Company

8308 Main St · Ellicott City, MD


Join us for fantastic food and optional drink on Main Street Ellicott City.

This is our monthly out and about meet-up, a great chance to get to know each other in a public setting.

Our venue this month is Ellicott Mills Brewing Company; we will be meeting in the downstairs bar.

If you’re a Lobster fan, starting at 5:30pm there is a Lobster Special in the bars only (while supplies last). It’s perfect timing for you to enjoy your lobster and the rest of us can meet you afterwards!

http://www.ellicottmillsbrewing.com/ 8308 Main Street Ellicott City, MD 21043,[masked]

Surprisingly this location is not anti-chidren as long as they have something to entertain themselves with.

It’s important to remember that meetup.com, supplies and spaces for our larger gatherings are not free. We are taking the group suggestion of a donation jar at all our events that will go towards the site fees and supporting the group. Any small change (or larger bills) will be much appreciated. – source

I wrote a piece on the 2016 Ellicott City Flood:

Old Ellicott City Destroyed by Flood: God’s Wrath Cannot Be Stopped

Witchcraft is received just like a denomination of Christianity in these last days. Satan knows that his days are numbered and he is drawing in as many souls as his minions can garner.  These people bring their children to events and celebrate their evil master. They truly believe that there is goodness in the gatherings.  Strong Delusion.

The Mercy of God

Our Lord could have waited until June 5th to allow the banks of the Patapsco River to overflow and wash away much of Ellicott City – but He did not.  There will be no “Meetup”  of Witches and Pagans in Ellicott City this June.

A large percentage of the stores damaged in these floods were Wicca, New Age, Crystal selling Mystical stores, New Age tattoo shops and many other satanically inspired businesses.

In the 1990’s I used to sing at a Christian Coffee house which was situated right over a few of the pagan stores.  The Coffee house called “The Upper Room” had a megaphone next to a window. The Christian music could be heard on Main Street until many complaints from the New Age store owners forced us to take the megaphone down.

Some New Age people would wander into The Upper Room, just to see what was happening there.  I always prayed that these were providential events and that a few of them might be saved.

I do pray that many store owners of Ellicott City would begin to  realize that the second destruction of their town was not a coincidence.

I pray that the eyes and hearts of many of these lost souls would be opened to our Lord, and that they would be saved.

Shalom b’Yeshua