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Charles Carroll

Set squarely between the nation’s capital and Baltimore, Howard County is a well-blended mix of the bucolic, the urban and the suburban. Spread out over 160,640 acres are sights as diverse as a quaint historic district in Ellicott City, high-tech research parks, a mall with more than 200 stores, rivers and forests in two state parks, a lakefront city center, horse farms and fields dotted with sheep and cattle, an antiques and art center at Historic Savage Mill and two 14-screen movie theaters. The county can boast of such accomplishments as having the first national railroad terminus, one of the largest planned cities in the country and a reputation as America’s heartland of...