Historic Savage Mill Celebrating 200 Years
By Susan Kim, Staff Writer
Savage Mill is marking its bicentennial on Sept. 17 with free historic tours, live music, demonstrations, a sidewalk sale and a live broadcast from radio station Mix 106.5.
“Stop by the welcome tables that day,” urged Aimee Troglio,the mill’s marketing and operations manager. “The first 100 guests will get a special gift.”
Specifically, the mill will celebrate the 200th birthday of the Carding Building. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, the mill has since been renovated and is now home to many shops, restaurants, studios, services and historic sites. Over the years, it has become a major tourist and shopping destination in Howard County.
The day’s events also will include a plaque dedication and costumed tour guides. In addition, Rams Head Tavern will offer a free pint glass (one per customer) with every Fordham and Dominion draft purchase, while supplies last.
Hammered dulcimer player Donna Nomick will offer performances all afternoon, and Will Donaldson will perform on the fiddle and tin whistle. Shoppers and spectators can also see spinning demonstrations by the Moon Spinners, and both weaving and spinning demonstrations will be offered by the Weavers Guild of Greater Baltimore.
Eclectic Shops, Creative People
After years working as an executive with high-end brands such as Christian Dior, makeup artist Brandi Chroniger wanted to work in a setting with fewer schematics. She’s one of many business owners who consider Savage Mill a perfect location.
“Considering a preferred eclectic approach, I was able to feel free to run my business with an artistic flair by finding an intimate, private and natural lighted space inside the mill,” she said. “To this day, I continue to have new faces drawn to my space and state they feel a very positive, relaxing vibe and enjoy being there.”
Drawing More Visitors Every Year
By 2010, tourism numbers for the mill had surpassed 1 million. In addition to shops, services and restaurants, the mill has developed its own new attractions and traditions that attract repeat visitors.
In 2014, Historic Savage Mill festooned Bollman Truss Bridge with decorative lights for the first time. The bridge — an antique iron truss bridge and the sole surviving example of a revolutionary design in the history of American bridge engineering — is now lit each year with 12,500 energy-efficient LED lights, and visitors flock to the annual ceremonial lighting.
Troglio believes the 200th anniversary celebration could attract just as many visitors. “We have had a good response on social media,” she said. “I have a feeling this is going to be big.”