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Maryland Historical Trust

Hippies invade Ellicott City [History Matters]

July 1970 Hippie invasion! Quaker Peace Walk Surprises Ellicott City "Don't go near Main Street! A group of hippies have invaded Ellicott City!! There's a nude-in taking place on the lawn of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church!' So the rumors ran through Ellicott City last Friday evening. Phones rang and people talked. "The truth of the matter was that 35 Quakers were on a march from Washington, D.C., to Fort McHenry in Baltimore and thence to Edgewood Arsenal and Fort Detrick. They spent the night in Ellicott City at the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. "They carried with them an evergreen tree that they wanted to plant on the grounds of Edgewood...