Take in historic sites with a big dose of nature. Along the way, enjoy a good meal and shopping in Ellicott City. Benjamin Banneker, the foremost African-American man of science in the early years of the United States, lived his entire life on the land where the museum now sits. Open since 1998, the museum and park continue to grow and develop.
Recently the “Molly Bannaky House,” a circa 1850 stone farmhouse, has been fully restored and now houses a library and meeting room. Other structures of interest on the property include an archaeological dig area, a nursery, the Banneker “Ice Pond,” and the Lee Family Farm Ruin. Banneker was born a free black in 1731 and lived until 1806. His life’s accomplishments included constructing a wooden striking clock and a projection of a solar eclipse, helping in the land survey for Washington, D.C., publishing six almanacs, and exchanging correspondence concerning opposition to slavery with Thomas Jefferson. The museum does an excellent job of illuminating the life and contributions of this underappreciated figure in American history, and it is definitely worth a long visit.
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