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Ken Ulman
Elkridge's historic Belmont Manor reopens
Elkridge's historic Belmont Manor reopens

For a few hours Saturday, Elkridge's historic Belmont Manor came alive. Visitors played bocce in the yard and wandered the many halls and chambers of the nearly 300-year-old mansion, which has been used only sporadically since it was purchased by Howard County in 2012. That's about to change: after nearly three years of restoration work, the house and historic park are re-opening as a center for conferences, events and retreats. "It's hard to not just smile from cheek to cheek knowing this is in Howard County's hands – this is in the people's hands – forever," County Executive Allan Kittleman said before a ribbon-cutting April 11. ...