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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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  • Four charged in armed robbery of AT&T store in Ellicott City

    Four charged in armed robbery of AT&T store in Ellicott City
    Howard County police have charged four men in connection with the armed robbery of an AT&T store in Ellicott City last week, police announced Thursday. Justin Hosea Snow, 21, his brother, Johnny Devon Snow, 19, their cousin, Taylor Yvonne Snow, 22,...
  • River Hill pool contributes to World's Largest Swim Lesson

    River Hill pool contributes to World's Largest Swim Lesson
    For the fifth year in a row, many of the top pools and water safety organizations all over the world have worked together to create The World's Largest Swimming Lesson, a promotional event to help prevent drowning. Last year's record-breaking attempt...
  • Westervelt leads Harford runners in race older than her [Running]

    Westervelt leads Harford runners in race older than her [Running]
    The Baltimore Women's Classic 5K turned 39 years old Sunday, still running strong with a field of 2,890 finishers. It is the second oldest continuously run women's race in the U.S. Sarah Westervelt, who is four years younger than the race, led Harford...
  • Ann E. Stromberg, orthoptist

    Ann E. Stromberg, orthoptist
    Ann Elizabeth Stromberg, a retired orthoptist who worked with children with eye conditions and trained medical students during her six-decade career, died of Alzheimer's disease June 4 at Somerford Home in Columbia. The Ellicott City resident was 91....
  • Laurel Health Foods leaving Main Street

    Laurel Health Foods leaving Main Street
    Last week, Ernesto Ferdinand walked into Laurel Health Foods for the first time since it moved from Route 1 to Main Street two years ago. Ferdinand was a frequent customer at the former, much larger location for many years for products he uses for hay...
  • W.R. Grace breaks ground in Clarksville [History Matters]

    W.R. Grace breaks ground in Clarksville [History Matters]
    June 1965 W.R. Grace groundbreaking "Research Industry Plans New Wing: "Ground has been broken for the construction of a one million dollar addition to the main laboratory building of W.R. Grace & Co.'s Washington Research Center in Clarksville....
  • Charles A. Powell, electrical engineer

    Charles A. Powell, electrical engineer
    Charles A. Powell, a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. electrical engineer, died of a stroke Saturday at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The Cockeysville resident was 89. Born in Beaverdam, Va., he moved to Baltimore in 1937 and was a 1941...
  • 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...
  • Age-restricted townhomes proposed near Ellicott City's west end

    Age-restricted townhomes proposed near Ellicott City's west end
    A tract of land near Ellicott City's west end may become the location of a senior townhome community, engineers said at a community meeting Wednesday.  Local developer Lou Mangione, owner of Commercial Contractors, has plans to request a conditional use...
  • Folly Quarter Middle ends year with celebration of national honors

    Folly Quarter Middle ends year with celebration of national honors
    As the school year in Howard County came to a close last week, the Folly Quarter Middle School community was celebrating its National Blue Ribbon honor when school officials announced another recent accolade — an online education resource named...
  • Summer, fall event registration going fast

    Basketball HYBA is now accepting registration for the Fall Friday Night Basketball Program. The league is played on Fridays in September and October, and is open to boys and girls ages 5-18. To register, visit HYBA.org, or call 410-461-7694. Sports...