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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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  • Baseball coaches are filling rosters fast

    Email notices to howardcountysports@patuxent.com by 9 a.m. Monday Baseball The 16U Western Howard County Renegades are looking for players, a catcher in particular. This team is fully sponsored, so there are no parent fees. The team participates in...
  • Police identify officers who fatally shot Ellicott City man

    Police identify officers who fatally shot Ellicott City man
    Two Howard County police officers who fatally shot an Ellicott City man they said charged at them with a knife last Saturday were identified by the department Tuesday. Howard police also identified the man who was shot. Russel DiAngelo, 25, a four-...
  • It's official -- we are among the best small towns [Mostly Main Street]

    It's official -- we are among the best small towns [Mostly Main Street]
    The Aug. 17 issue of Parade Magazine listed the 16 finalists in the vote for best small towns in America, and there we were. We didn't place first, but our charming Main Street (freshly painted, I might add) was recognized on a national level. My son...
  • Battle of Baltimore is historical society topic [Ellicott City]

    Battle of Baltimore is historical society topic [Ellicott City]
    Celebrate the Battle of Baltimore's 200th anniversary with historian Wayne Schaumburg.  The Howard County Historical Society presents "That Nest of Pirates on the Chesapeake — Baltimore and the War of 1812" with Baltimore historian Wayne...
  • 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...
  • Ellicott City

    Art exhibits The Howard County Arts Council presents the exhibits, "Building Perspectives" by Ashley DuRoss, Lillian Hoover, Robert Tennenbaum, April Rimpo and K. Velis Turan in Gallery I, and "Kaleidoscope" by Katie Chen in Gallery II, Sept. 5-Oct. 17...
  • Senior athletes capture gold at state senior olympics meet

    Senior athletes capture gold at state senior olympics meet
    Senior athletes from Harford County captured four gold medals in the Maryland Senior Olympics track and field competition in Baltimore Saturday and Sunday. Neville Hodge of Edgewood won the age-55-59 men's 100-meter dash on the track at the Johns...
  • Columbia DogPark becomes a social scene for canines and their humans

    Columbia DogPark becomes a social scene for canines and their humans
    Renee Rosenblum-Lowden likes to go to the new Columbia DogPark — to people-watch. “It’s fascinating to watch people interact with their dogs,” says the retired teacher and author who lives in Hobbits Glen.  Zeke, a white mutt,...
  • A month and a half into pilot, Howard officials share Roving Radish observations

    A month and a half into pilot, Howard officials share Roving Radish observations
    On an overcast day at the North Laurel Community Center, Howard Countians picking up their weekly meal kits from the Roving Radish trickled in, punctuating the midday quiet of the parking lot at the North Laurel Community Center every 15 minutes or so....
  • 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...
  • 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...