Mt. Ida in Ellicott City, which serves as the visitor center for the Patapsco Female Institute, was originally the home of William Ellicott, grandson of Andrew Ellicott, one of the founders of the town. William barely had time to enjoy his new home, however, as he died in 1836, just 43 years old. The home then passed to the family of Judge John Shoemaker Tyson with his wife Rachel (Snowden) and their four children: Cornelia, John Snowden, Anne and Ida. Judge Tyson died in 1864, leaving the home to Rachel and the children.