If you’re a history buff but don’t fancy walking up and down Ellicott City’s hills, take note of the new literary (and stationary) tour at Tea on the Tiber.
Now you can have a seat and a sweet in the charming teahouse while listening to stories of famous folks who passed through the mill town, such as H.L. Mencken, Washington Irving, Davy Crockett and Robert E. Lee. Even the Union soldiers encamped on the hill in 1862 had something to say about their time spent here: “By rugged hills and busy mills, over dams and rocks a splashing; From wooded plains, the rumbling trains, come ‘round the mountains dashing.”
To hear the rest of the poem and the stories of the people mentioned above and more, register with the Ellicott City Restoration Foundation. The talks will be given by costumed guides and will be held at 7 p.m. on the first Friday of the month through December. The cost is $25 per person, which includes a scone, a scoop of ice cream and a hot or cold beverage, plus tax and tip for the servers at Tea on the Tiber. Reservations required. For details, go to www.ecrestoration.org.