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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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  • Ellicott City man believed to be suicidal is shot and killed by police

    Ellicott City man believed to be suicidal is shot and killed by police
    Howard County police shot and killed a man they said was suicidal and confronted them with a knife Saturday morning, the second such incident this week in the county. Police said a man called 911 twice around 6:30 a.m. reporting that someone was armed...
  • Lay off Richard Nixon, you've got Obama to kick around now [Letter]

    Lay off Richard Nixon, you've got Obama to kick around now [Letter]
    It seems columnist Jules Witcover is more concerned about former President Richard Nixon, who has not been in the White House for 40 years, than he is about the current administration's problems, such as the IRS scandal, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, etc....
  • Eggspectation will open at Metro Centre at Owings Mills next year

    Eggspectation will open at Metro Centre at Owings Mills next year
    Restaurant chain Eggspectation plans to open early next year at Metro Centre at Owings Mills, the transit-oriented project at the Owings Mills Metro Station. The Montreal-based restaurant, which offers nearly 60 different breakfast entrees along with...
  • Ex-transportation chief seeks political comeback

    Ex-transportation chief seeks political comeback
    Eight years ago, Robert L. Flanagan was one of the most powerful officials in state government, earning $151,262 for overseeing an agency with a $3.7 billion budget and more than 9,200 employees. These days, as a lawyer with a family law practice, the...
  • Baltimore area's 2014 FBS players

    Baltimore area's 2014 FBS players
    Baltimore high school football fans will have no shortage of former players to follow this college season. There are 101 local players — from Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County and Howard County...
  • County notables join in celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr [Ellicott City]

    Each year, Muslims around the world celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, the day after Ramadan, to mark the end of the month of fasting.  "It is a day of forgiveness, moral victory, peace, fellowship, brotherhood and unity," wrote the former Howard County Muslim...
  • The keepers of Howard County history

    The keepers of Howard County history
    As a student at Atholton Elementary and Clarksville Middle schools, Mary Catherine Cochran said her eyes glazed over when teachers explained Civil War battles. It's not that she didn't appreciate history. She did — just on a more local level. "I...
  • Man armed with knife shot by officers, dies

    Man armed with knife shot by officers, dies
    A 45-year-old man armed with a knife and suffering from self-inflicted stab wounds died Wednesday after he charged at Howard County police officers, who shot him in his Ellicott City home, police said. The incident occurred shortly after 1:30 p.m. in...
  • Whole Foods Columbia opens to droves of shoppers

    Whole Foods Columbia opens to droves of shoppers
    Howard County's first Whole Foods Market opened in downtown Columbia Wednesday to a large number of eager shoppers -- an event that local officials called a watershed moment in the revitalization of Columbia's Town Center. "This is more than just a...
  • How to pack a great sidelines cooler

    How to pack a great sidelines cooler
    The day of my son’s first soccer practice, I arrived with a water bottle. That’s it. No bag with snacks or blanket to sit on. I happen to keep a Band-Aid in my wallet, but I don’t think we can call that being prepared. Lest you get...
  • Victoria F. Gelfman, Howard prosecutor, dies

    Victoria F. Gelfman, Howard prosecutor, dies
    Victoria F. "Vickie" Gelfman, a prosecutor in the Howard County state's attorney's office whose blog posts about her struggle with acute myeloid leukemia served as an inspiration to others, died Friday of the disease at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The...
  • Annual 24 Hours of Booty set for weekend start

    Email sports copy to howardcountysports@patuxent.com by 9 a.m. Monday. Biking Volunteer registration is now open for the 7th Annual 24 Hours of Booty Columbia. This year's charity cycling event is scheduled to roll on the Columbia Gateway Business...