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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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  • Ship immigrant children back home [Letter]

    I have a suggestion on housing the illegal immigrant children ("U.S. eyeing new Md. sites for immigrant children," June 18). All of our elected officials who are advocating that we move illegal immigrants from Texas to Maryland should adopt at least two...
  • Is Lisa Markovitz a 'DINO'? [Letter]

    As a lifelong Democrat, I am particularly proud of our progressive history in Howard County. We have led the way on every front from education and public safety to health care reform and LGBT rights. Our forward-looking vision is a direct result of a...
  • Greetings from Havre de Grace, and around the world

    Greetings from Havre de Grace, and around the world
    The main drag outside this former general store in the homey waterfront community of Havre de Grace — a short hop off U.S. 40 north of Baltimore — is drenched in Americana. Antiques shops and local art galleries dominate the street,...
  • Eileen Parr, media specialist

    Eileen Parr, media specialist
    Eileen Parr, a longtime media aide at Perry Hall High School, died June 27 at Keswick Multi-Care Center of complications following a recent fall. She was 96. Eileen Schroeder was raised in Baltimore's Waverly neighborhood and attended Eastern High...
  • Feuding families and cross-dressers mix it up

    The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company loves to take advantage of the natural setting provided for its summer shows at the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park. "As You Like It" makes their job easy, because much of the play's action takes place in the...
  • Strong primary showing bolsters Dyer's bid to return to school board

    Strong primary showing bolsters Dyer's bid to return to school board
    A year ago, the Maryland State Board of Education upheld a Howard County school board request to oust fellow member Allen Dyer — and it didn't matter that the Ellicott City resident's term had long since expired. The board's decision culminated...
  • Start a conversation on Capitol Hill [Letter]

    Start a conversation on Capitol Hill [Letter]
    If you told me a few years ago that I would be spending my vacation days talking to Congress, I would have thought you were out of your mind. But I ended up on Capitol Hill recently, lobbying with 600 other Americans from all walks of life. We went to...
  • Howard County Summer Theatre marks 40th year with timeless classic

    Howard County Summer Theatre marks 40th year with timeless classic
    Tom Sankey has had an ace up his sleeve for over a year, and he's about to play it. On Wednesday, the 40th season of Howard County Summer Theatre will commence, and the longtime director and his all-volunteer cast and crew will present the first of...
  • Gardner set to take helm of Howard police department

    Gardner set to take helm of Howard police department
    Police Maj. Gary Gardner is scheduled to formally take the reins of the Howard County Police Department as its new chief after William McMahon retires June 30. McMahon, 51, has served as chief since being named by County Executive Ken Ulman in 2006....
  • Summer turns up heat on Howard County executive candidates

    Summer turns up heat on Howard County executive candidates
    Like June bugs dropping at the first hint of summer's heat, the swarms of primary candidates in Howard County are gone. With each party's picks made, county Democrats and Republicans can unite behind their candidates and campaigns can refocus with just...
  • Five Questions for Michael Treuth of J.W. Treuth & Sons

    Five Questions for Michael Treuth of J.W. Treuth & Sons
    J.W. Treuth & Sons has been nestled in Oella so long, Michael Treuth said no one can figure out quite when the family-owned slaughterhouse and butcher shop first opened its doors, though a sign out front boasts more than 100 years in the business. The...
  • Early start, effective finish excites Howard County World Cup fans

    Early start, effective finish excites Howard County World Cup fans
    With its World Cup future uncertain after Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Portugal, the final game of group play for the United States men’s soccer team turned out to be much more important than many would have liked. The chance to advance was...