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Published in 2023, this book documents the process that was used by a group of local researchers in order to determine the history mystery of the accurate age and ownership of the beloved log house on Main Street in Ellicott City, MD that was donated by a local family and restored by preservationists in the early 1980s. Using archival documents, obscure maps and phone interviews they discovered the factual preā€“Civil War Black history that had been overshadowed for decades by an inaccurate “European settler” narrative. This book restores the accurate history of the log house to the community along with the oldest Black church of the county, helping to balance the history narrative of Howard County, MD.

Photo of book inside of Levi Gillis’ reconstructed home