EDGEMERE — The Todd’s Inheritance Historic Site will continue to keep history alive on the North Point Peninsula by highlighting the contribution of Ella Virginia Houck Holloway this weekend, and the public is invited.
Ella Virginia Houck Holloway is a direct descendant of Thomas and Bernard Todd of North Point. Holloway’s great grandfathers were Robert Porter from Back River Neck and Bernard Todd from North Point. Porter was an officer in the American Revolution, and Todd fought in the War of 1812.
Due to her kinship, Holloway was a member of the U.S. Daughters of 1812 Society. Her father, Dr. Jacob Houck, donated an acre of ground to the state to create a memorial to the War of 1812 on Old North Point Road now known as “Battle Acre”.
Perfect for the Todd’s Inheritance celebration of Flag Day, Holloway continually emphasized flag propriety and reverence throughout her life. For decades, she advocated to have Francis Scott Key’s infamous poem approved as our national anthem. In this endeavor, she persuaded J. Charles Linthicum — who served on the Maryland House of Delegates and Senate before joining the United States Congress from 1911 to 1931. Linthicum’s wife, Helen, also shared membership in the women’s group with Holloway.
“I’ve grown up and worked in the North Point community and have never heard these stories,” Carolyn Mroz, President of the Board of Todd’s Inheritance Historic Site explained. “I believe many of the community members are not aware of how instrumental the state of Maryland and the southeastern part of Baltimore County played in this event. I think it’s a great story to tell. I was very excited to learn that the Todd family played such a critical part in that event.”
On Sunday, June 23rd, Scott Sheads will give a special talk on the Star-Spangled Banner at 1 p.m.
“I encourage everyone to come,” Mroz said. “Scott has so much knowledge on this topic as he was a historian at Fort McHenry for over 30 years. He continues to write books and give lectures, sharing his knowledge of our local history.”
After his talk, the group will unfurl a replica of the flag that flew over Fort McHenry in 1814.
From the event listing:
Join us for a special tour of Todd’s Inheritance Historic Site, located on Shallow Creek in North Point. The Todd family farmed this property and operated a shipping business here from 1664 to 1975.
The tour guides will help us celebrate a Todd family ancestor, Mrs. Reuben Ross Holloway, who worked diligently to convince Congress to recognize Francis Scott Key’s 1814 poem as our National Anthem. She dedicated herself to emphasizing the need to respect and honor our nation’s flag. Join us to celebrate our flag and her efforts.
Tour cost: $10/adults, $7/seniors, under 16 free. Free for THIS members.