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Ellicott City

Despite nature's best efforts, Ellicott City, which was founded in 1772 as Ellicott Mills, stands today with all the old-country charm of its early days. Preservation is key to the community of Ellicott City, and restoring historic landmarks is something the residents believe in. Indeed, the town itself seems to want to be preserved, having survived three major fires and two major floods. Despite those potential disasters, Ellicott City thrives. New businesses have taken the place of burned-down ones on Main Street, and a railroad bridge at the end of the street is marked with lines that document the floods. Residents of the town, which is the seat of Howard County, have an unusually strong... Show more »
Despite nature's best efforts, Ellicott City, which was founded in 1772 as Ellicott Mills, stands today with all the old-country charm of its early days. Preservation is key to the community of Ellicott City, and restoring historic landmarks is something the residents believe in. Indeed, the town itself seems to want to be preserved, having survived three major fires and two major floods. Despite those potential disasters, Ellicott City thrives. New businesses have taken the place of burned-down ones on Main Street, and a railroad bridge at the end of the street is marked with lines that document the floods. Residents of the town, which is the seat of Howard County, have an unusually strong sense of community for this day and age. Also, the town often plays host to a weekend crowd of antique shoppers who come to peruse the many boutiques of the old town. Aside from the diversity of bars, restaurants and antique shops, Ellicott City offers quite a few buildings that are antiques themselves. Among these are the B&O Railroad Station Museum, the Patapsco Female Institute and just about every building on Main Street, from the pubs to the fire station -- almost all of which are rumored to be haunted. To that end, Ellicott City offers what is purportedly one of the best ghost tours in the state, which runs from April to December every year. « Show less

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  • First-time entrants in Boston Marathon motivated to run after last year's bombings

    First-time entrants in Boston Marathon motivated to run after last year's bombings
    Qualifying for the Boston Marathon was not on Michelle Hollingsworth's radar when she broke into a jog at the start of the Marine Corps Marathon in 2012, but it sure was 3 hours and 36 minutes later.
  • Schaller's column down on conservatives, as usual [Letter]

    Schaller's column down on conservatives, as usual [Letter]
    I was going to congratulate columnist Thomas F. Schaller, who I actually thought might write something in a recent column that didn't tear down conservatives or the GOP ("Paper or plastic?" April 15). But he sucked me in and then hit me with this stupid...

    Ellicott City man sentenced for terrorism offenses

    Ellicott City man sentenced for terrorism offenses
    Lawyers argued for almost two hours Thursday whether the skinny, hollow-cheeked young man from Ellicott City sitting in court was a dangerous al-Qaida plotter or a kid with undiagnosed psychological problems who was led astray by a cabal of bumbling...

    Howard County health digest

    Blood donations The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross is requesting blood donations. Eligible donors can call 800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule an appointment. Platelet donors should call 800-272-2123. Dance classes...

    Route 1 restaurant robbed at gunpoint [Howard County crime log]

    The following is compiled from police reports. Descriptions of perpetrators are included only when the description makes identification possible. Ellicott City Montgomery Road, 5000 block, 6:05 a.m. April 10. 2013 Gray Chevrolet Silverado stolen....