As part of a weekend-long series of events depicting life in Howard County during the Civil War, a fife and drum muster was presented on the plaza outside Ellicott City's B&O Railroad Station Museum. The presentation coincides with fundraising efforts to help protect Civil War battlefields, and donations from pledges and sponsors will benefit the Central Virginia Battlefield Trust.

Other activities that took place Saturday and Sunday, at 10 museums and historic parks in Ellicott City, included lectures, firing demonstrations and Victorian children's games.

The event, planned by the Historic Ellicott City Consortium, a heritage initiative of the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks also unveiled five roadside signs marking local points of interest along Maryland's Civil War Trail.

From top left: Ryan Burgee, 17, of Catonsville plays the drum as part of the Patapsco Patriots Fife and Drum Corps, which performed Civil War-era music in Ellicott City as part of weekend series on Howard County life during the war. The corps performs in front of the B&O Railroad Station Museum. Patrick Rawle, 13, of Baltimore watches the Patriots' Tim Ertel play the fife. Travis Harry of Westminster dances his "walking man" toy on Ertel's shoulder.