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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

Top Ellicott City Articles

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  • Once a 'little dive,' Chaps now a pit beef legend

    Once a 'little dive,' Chaps now a pit beef legend
    Bob Creager opened his tiny pit beef stand in the parking lot of a Southeast Baltimore nightclub in 1987. The stand had no electricity. Creager had never run a business. And the former steelworker had no idea how to cook pit beef. "I was struggling,"...
  • International Crown's format should make it a winner here, organizers say

    International Crown's format should make it a winner here, organizers say
    Rich Thomas has run more than two dozen professional golf events over the past 14 years, but from its inception more than year ago the LPGA's International Crown at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills has felt different to its tournament director....
  • Referendum deposition issue needs clarification [Letter]

    I chaired the referendum effort of Citizens Working to Fix Howard County (FixHoCo).  We followed the rules.  We didn't coerce anyone to sign, nor collect signatures in any inappropriate way.  The recent attempts by William Erskine of the Offitt Kurman law...
  • Charity race honoring derailment victims returns [Ellicott City]

    Two years ago, our community learned the tragic news that a late night train derailment in historic Ellicott City took the lives of Mt. Hebron High School graduates Elizabeth "Liz" Nass and Rose Mayr.   The 19-year-old friends were killed while...
  • Little public enthusiasm for Inner Arbor plan [Letter]

    There are several misconceptions about Inner Arbor and Symphony Woods.   Quite a few love Symphony Woods exactly as it is and want it to stay that way forever. Others would like to see the park improved, but in a more appropriate manner.   Michael...
  • Girl didn't show remorse in father's death, doctors say

    Girl didn't show remorse in father's death, doctors say
    Morgan Lane Arnold said she was "glad" her father was dead and wished her boyfriend had also killed her father's girlfriend, a forensic psychiatrist testified in court Wednesday. The Howard County teenager was in a state of active psychosis when she...
  • Last graduating class from Harriet Tubman in 1965 [History Matters]

    June, 1965:  Awards and more "Forty-Two Graduated From Tubman "On Tuesday, June 8, Harriet Tubman graduated 42 students in the last commencement exercise before the building is to be vacated as a school. Six of these 42 students graduated with honors....
  • Ellicott City farmers market seeks to grow community spirit

    Ellicott City farmers market seeks to grow community spirit
    With its historic Main Street and sloping hills lined with mill houses, old Ellicott City is known for its quaint beauty, which attracts scores of tourists each year. But some businessowners want to make the historic area attractive to those who live...
  • Construction to begin on Ellicott City staircase

    Construction to begin on Ellicott City staircase
    Construction work to connect historic Ellicott City's Circuit Courthouse to Main Street is set to begin June 10, County Executive Ken Ulman announced Wednesday.  The $1.5 million project will link the courthouse's parking lot to Main Street with a...
  • Red Parrot Asian Bistro will open at The Chesapeake

    Red Parrot Asian Bistro will open at The Chesapeake
    Changes continue at The Chesapeake, the gateway property at the corner of Charles and Lanvale streets in the Station North Arts District. Later this summer, the Karzai family, whose restaurants include The Helmand, Tapas Teatro and B, a Bolton Hill...
  • In Howard's newest district, choices on both sides as primary approaches

    In Howard's newest district, choices on both sides as primary approaches
    Howard County's newest district is also one of its more interesting state-level races. District 9B, formerly located in Carroll County, was redrawn in 2012 and now almost exclusively represents Ellicott City voters. The district was carved mostly...
  • Candidates vie for Watson's District 1 seat

    Candidates vie for Watson's District 1 seat
    While most of Howard's state legislative races this primary season are packed with candidates vying for a chance to head to Annapolis, the county's council races have been relatively uneventful; with one notable exception. In District 1, there are...