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Taylor Family History

Some History on the Land and the Taylor Family.

The Taylor family has been a respected name in Ellicott City, Maryland since the early 1900's when Isaac Taylor established himself as a merchant and optometrist on Main Street. Taylor's Furniture Store sold jewelry, furniture, appliances and musical instruments;


the store remains an icon on Main Street although Isaac sold it in 1943.

The Taylor family early on had a tremendous sense of civic responsibility. Rose Taylor was involved in a number of local charities, while Isaac Taylor helped organize the first Rotary Club in Ellicott City, the first Public Library, and he became the president of the School Board.

Isaac's son Irving was also making a name for himself. After graduating valedictorian from his high school class, he entered Johns Hopkins University at age 16. Irving graduated in 1939 and went to University of Maryland Medical School, becoming a doctor four years later. When Irving was in his first year of medical school, his father Isaac had a vision of his son's future. He purchased a small psychiatric hospital sitting on 56 acres just up the hill from his Main Street store in Ellicott City. Under Dr. Irving Taylor's direction, with the help of his wife Edith, the hospital grew and earned an international reputation for cutting edge treatments and mental health education.

Dr. Irving Taylor's son, Dr. Bruce Taylor, joined the staff in 1979 and eventually became the medical director. In 2002 the Taylors sold the hospital operation to Sheppard Pratt Health System, retaining the buildings and land. Dr. Bruce Taylor maintains a small private practice and now guides the family's development activities with the aid of his son, Ross Taylor, a Bucknell and Hopkins University graduate.

Over the years Isaac and Irving Taylor wanted to maintain the magnificent beauty of the rolling hills, trees, and gentle streams that surrounded the hospital; so whenever a family nearby put their land up for sale, they purchased it, building upon the trust and reputation which the Taylor family had established in the Ellicott City community.

Today the Taylor family's mission of maintaining the dignity and integrity of the land has been captured in the homes, amenities and open spaces of Taylor Village.