Walking Tour Part of Historic Oakland’s 200th Birthday Celebration

Columbia Archives and Howard County Historical Society partner to lead tour

Barbara Kellner, director of the Columbia Archives, and Lauren McCormack, executive director of the Howard County Historical Society, will lead a walking tour of Historic Oakland and its environs as part of the Town Center Celebration of Historic Oakland’s 200th Birthday on Saturday, September 17. The free event, which begins with the tour at 11 a.m. and continues to 3 p.m., will also include a concert by the U.S. Army Field Band; a talk about Oakland by Ken Short, architectural historian of Howard County; period dance demonstrations;  hands-on games and toys that harken back to the 19th century; and light refreshments.

Historic Oakland was built in 1811 by Charles Sterrett Ridgely.  It was one of the most elegant homes in the area when it was built.  Today it is a unique and elegant building in the middle of Columbia that has a rich history that includes ownership by prominent Maryland families in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and an equally interesting history as a community resource since being purchased by The Rouse Company for the development of Columbia.

Kellner and McCormack will share the stage to bring alive the pre-Columbian and Columbian history as they lead a walk from Historic Oakland on Vantage Point Road to the historic structures on Hyla Brook Road that were all once part of the Oakland estate.

Tour reservations are encouraged but not necessary.  For more information about the celebration, please contact Pat Loeber of the Town Center Community Association at 410-730-4744.  For information about the tour, please contact Barbara Kellner at Columbia.Archives@ColumbiaAssociation.com or 410-715-3103. 

For media inquiries, contact:

Shelia L. Green
General Manager of Communications & Community Relations


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