Halloween Collection Pre-Order - GHOSTS OF ELLICOTT CITY TRIO

Halloween Collection Pre-Order - GHOSTS OF ELLICOTT CITY TRIO

A celebration of the spectral spooks of my town-- one of the most haunted on the East Coast!

Nestled in the Patapsco River Valley eat of Baltimore is Ellicott City, MD. Founded by three brothers in the 1770's as Ellicott's Mills, it quickly became one of the centers of milling and manufacturing in the East. One of the first stops added to the new B&O Railroad in the 1830's, it was a popular destination for people from all walks of life, and was instrumental the transport of troops during the American Civil War. With such a rich history, we were bound to pick up our share of ghosts, and here are three of my favorites!

Hell House: The scent of the Patapsco valley in the fall-- turning leaves and freshly-trod soil-- swathed in a haze of unearthly ecclesiastical incense.

Many who enjoy an easy hike have stumbled upon the remains of St. Mary's college in the woods of Illchester, on the outskirts of Ellicott City. The first building was built in the 1830's by George Ellicott, the grandson of one Ellicott City's founders, in hopes that it would be a popular stop for travelers along the brand new B&O Railroad. Alas, that never happened, and the property and lands were sold to The Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, commonly known as the Redemptorists, in 1866. They used the site primarily as a seminary college, which was renamed St. Mary's College in 1882.

The college closed its doors in 1972 and fell into disrepair, making it a popular spot for thrill-seekers and teenagers. Stories began to circulate about satanic altars on the grounds, each retelling embellishing more on the macabre history of the newly-minted "Hell House." 

As partying and vandalism by local teens began to occur more frequently, the site's caretaker, Hudson, became a part of the legend. He often chased off tresspasers with a salt-filled shotgun and his pack of dogs. He was so fearsome that even local police began to warn against interacting with the man, who was often in court for his vigorous defense of his charge. He has since retired as caretaker, and the position remains unfilled.

Fires have gutted the site, and now little remains. Even the gothic cupola, exposed and overgrown with vines, has had its iconic cross stolen in the last year-- a disappointment to hikers and lovers of spooky tales. Still, stories of spectral gunshots, evil deeds, and unholy rites are told about the old Hell House, and woe betide those who visit after dark, lest they incur the wrath of an angry caretaker and his baying hounds, who are said to still haunt the nearby woods.

Oak Lawn: The morning repast, prepared by spectral hands-- freshly-baked cinnamon buns and steaming black coffee.

Oak Lawn, also called the Hayden House, is the abode of one of the more pleasant spirits to call Ellicott City home. Built in the early 19th century, it was the home of Edward Parsons Hayden, Ellicott City's first county clerk. There he lived with his wife and six children until he passed away in 1850.

The house changed hands many times after his death, and stories began to circulate about some of its... peculiar qualities. Along with the typical signs of a haunting-- foosteps on the stairs, flickering lights-- there emerged a rather agreeable side effect of a ghostly prescence. Those that entered the building would be surprised to sniff the scent of coffee and a variety of delicious breakfast foods! Sometimes it was bacon, sometimes eggs, and yet other times baked goods, but always heavenly! The unseen chef was dubbed "the cooking ghost of Oak Lawn," and their handiwork was enjoyed for many years before the mouth-watering phenomenon mysteriously ceased.

The Patapsco Female Institute: Southern flowers chilled by Northerly winds. Magnolia and orange blossom, rimmed with ghastly frost.

The Patapsco Female Institute was one of the nation's first womens' schools. Opened in 1839, it attracted the daughters of Southern gentry with its grand ballroom and finely-appointed accomodations. However, the stone building could become frigidly cold in the winter, and in a time before widespread indoor plumbing, sickness could rapidly spread within its walls. Colds and influenza were common, and sometimes fatal. 

The ghost said to haunt the halls of the Institute is that of Annie Van Derlot, whose stay at the school was both bitter and short. She complained about the school in many angry letters home, and succumbed to pneumonia during her first winter there. It is said that her form can still be seen in the areas that once contained the school's classrooms and dormitories, even long after the building had begun to crumble. Many have seen her pale form wandering the grounds beneath the watery light of the winter moon. 

This trio of 6oz candle tins measure 2 3/4" wide by 1 3/4" deep. (This is slightly smaller than my full-size 8oz tins.) The waxes will be topped with an overspray of iridescent glitter. The glitter used in my candles is safe for use in candles, and the ultrafine particles will also not clog your wick.

Halloween collection candles will pre-order September 2017 and ship early October 2017. If purchased with a Halloween box, they will ship with your box.
$ 23.00