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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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  • Go shopping and help out the Elkridge Library [Elkridge]

    When you support the Elkridge Library, you get the gift of shopping. Howard County Library System is currently benefiting from Macy's "Be Book Smart" campaign. It's easy. Donate $3 at Macy's and receive $10 off a $30 purchase. HCLS receives money to...
  • Fitchitt, Nicklas named to lead Downtown Columbia Partnership

    Fitchitt, Nicklas named to lead Downtown Columbia Partnership
    The Downtown Columbia Partnership has named Gregory A. Fitchitt as president and chair of the board and appointed Barbara A. Nicklas executive director. Established in 2013, the Downtown Columbia Partnership is an independent nonprofit dedicated to...
  • Free concerts and movies beckon in historic district [Mostly Main Street]

    Free concerts and movies beckon in historic district [Mostly Main Street]
    I hope everyone enjoys a great Fourth of July celebration. In our family we have an extra reason to celebrate-our dear daughter-in-law, Kristen, was born in Philadelphia on the Fourth of July. Can't get any more patriotic American than that. Happy...
  • Traffic: All northbound lanes closed on MD 30 in Hampstead

    Traffic: All northbound lanes closed on MD 30 in Hampstead
    All northbound traffic has been closed on MD 30 in Hampstead, which shut down in both directions on Wednesday morning due to a single-vehicle crash at Brodbeck Road, according to the state Department of Transportation. DOT reported the incident at 7:02...
  • Two artists, two distinct visions at Bernice Kish Gallery

    Two artists, two distinct visions at Bernice Kish Gallery
    Nature provides ample subject matter for two otherwise distinct exhibits at the Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House. Sarah McKnett and Al Biegel head outdoors for their natural inspiration, and these Howard County artists are also both struck by how...
  • White Oak Tavern impresses with craft beer selection

    White Oak Tavern impresses with craft beer selection
    When driving down Baltimore National Pike in Ellicott City, it's easy for eyes to wander. The myriad restaurants and shops all fight for attention with colorful signs and promises of limited-time deals. It's enough to give you a headache. But tucked...
  • Dinner-dance benefit held for Glenelg Country in '65 [History Matters]

    July 1965 Festivities at Glenelg Country "Dinner-Dance Benefits Glenelg Country School: "Supper on the terrace will add a festive note to what promises to be a delightful evening of dining and dancing at the Glenelg Country School on Saturday...
  • Wedded: Priscilla Rodriguez and Michael Ruth

    Wedded: Priscilla Rodriguez and Michael Ruth
    Date: May 3 Her story: Priscilla Rodriguez, 32, moved frequently during her early childhood because her father was in the Air Force. She moved to Maryland in middle school. She has worked in information technology management for the last 13 years and...
  • 'Books need to be free,' so she's making it happen

    "Once a librarian, always a librarian," Pattee Fletcher says. Strictly speaking, she was never actually a librarian. But with postgraduate degrees in library and information sciences, she knows a little something about the profession. About nine...
  • Ellicott City a semifinalist in 'America's Best Main Street' competition

    Ellicott City a semifinalist in 'America's Best Main Street' competition
    Ellicott City has ghosts and antiques and Shakespeare in the ruins and old timey toys and a railroad museum and good restaurants -- pretty much everything you'd want from a charming Main Street.  This week, Ellicott City is competing with other small...
  • James R. Miller Jr., federal judge in Baltimore

    James R. Miller Jr., federal judge in Baltimore
    James Rogers Miller Jr., a former state delegate from Montgomery County who spent 15 years as a federal district judge in Baltimore, died of congestive heart failure June 25 at HeartFields Assisted Living at Easton. He was 83. "Judge Miller was an...
  • How would Sen. Howard Baker have responded to today's IRS scandal? [Letter]

    The recent passing of Howard Baker provides significant contrasts as to how scandals are dealt with today ("Notable deaths elsewhere," June 27). Forty years ago, this country was engulfed in the monumental scandal of Watergate. What was initially...