After a decade of meticulous planning, research, and construction, the rehabilitation of the Pue-Fulton Farm (HO-859) ca. 1850/1905, farmhouse, spring/smokehouse, and surrounding property at Dorsey’s Ridge in Ellicott City, Maryland is finally complete. The Howard County Historical Society, now the proud custodian of the Pue Fulton House, hosted a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sunday, June 4th, 2023. The event marked a significant milestone in preserving and celebrating the rich agricultural history of Howard County. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the details of the event and the significance of the Pue-Fulton Farm Museum.
A Historic Milestone
The completion of the rehabilitation project was a cause for celebration, as it signifies the successful preservation and restoration of the Pue-Fulton Farm, an essential part of Howard County’s cultural heritage. This historic property holds stories of the people who toiled on this land, shaped the surrounding community, and contributed to the region’s vibrant agricultural history.
Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting
On Sunday, June 4th, from 3-5 p.m., the Howard County Historical Society hosted a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the completion of the Pue-Fulton Farm Museum. The event began with a warm welcome, acknowledgments, and introductions at 3:15 p.m., setting the stage for an afternoon filled with excitement and historical exploration.
At 3:30 p.m., the much-anticipated ribbon-cutting took place, symbolizing the official opening of the museum and community meeting space. The ceremony was attended by supporters, contributors, and members of the local community who had been eagerly awaiting this momentous occasion. Bateya Jackson, property manager and employee of Heritage Housing Partners Corporation, had the honor of cutting the ribbon. Heritage Housing Partners Corporation will continue to manage the Pue-Fulton Farm with Bateya Jackson continuing in her position as property manager.
Tours & Refreshments
Following the ribbon cutting, guests were invited to take guided tours of the Pue-Fulton Farm Museum. These immersive tours allowed visitors to step back in time and experience the daily life of those who lived and worked on the farm. The knowledgeable guides shared captivating stories and insights into the farm’s history, making the visit both educational and engaging.
To ensure the enjoyment of all attendees, light refreshments were thoughtfully arranged on the porch and lawn areas, offering a chance to relax and converse with fellow history enthusiasts.
Preserving History for Future Generations
With the completion of the rehabilitation project and the official opening of the Pue-Fulton Farm Museum, the Howard County Historical Society has taken on the responsibility of preserving and managing this significant piece of local history. The museum will serve as a platform to educate visitors about the area’s agricultural heritage and the lives of the people who shaped it.
The grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Pue-Fulton Farm Museum marked a momentous occasion for the Howard County Historical Society and the local community. After a decade of dedication and hard work, the rehabilitation of the Pue-Fulton Farm has transformed it into a living testament to the agricultural history of Howard County. Through immersive tours and educational programs, the museum will continue to celebrate the lives of those who worked this land and contributed to the vibrant community surrounding it. The Pue-Fulton Farm Museum stands as a testament to the value of preserving our heritage for future generations.