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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 tryouts for 2015 season scheduled

    Email sports copy to howardcountysports@patuxent.com by 9 a.m. Monday Baseball AYRA 11U travel baseball tryouts have been announced for the spring 2015 season for Aug. 5 and 7 from 6-8 p.m., and Aug. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon. Tryouts are held at...
  • Highest honors for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts

    Three local Girl Scouts were recognized at the 2014 Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Precious Metal Ceremony held at the Clementine Peterson Activity Center in Ellicott City. Emily Abdow (Juliette program), McKenna Hearn (Troop 1372) and Catherine...
  • Come downtown for movies, music and more

    Well, that perfect weather we enjoyed over the Fourth weekend is just a sweaty memory right now. Nothing to do in these dog days but sit back and be entertained. Luckily, the historic district is happy to oblige, with lots of things going on for us to...
  • MOMS Club of Clarksville meets second Wednesdays

    MOMS Club of Clarksville meets second Wednesdays
    These groups meet regularly. Center of Light and Love — Second Sunday, 6-7 p.m. Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. 410-995-4647, centeroflightandlove@comcast.net or http://www.centeroflightandlove.org. Chavurah —...
  • Volunteer this summer and make a difference [Russett]

    Summer is in full swing and if you are looking for an opportunity to make a difference as well as make friends, check out the opportunities through the Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County, by going to VolunteerAnneArundel.org . To get you started,...
  • Catonsville Fourth of July Parade draws thousands

    Catonsville Fourth of July Parade draws thousands
    Despite rumors that the parade may be canceled due to thunderstorms rolling through the area, civic groups, entertainers and politicians marched down Frederick Road to the beat of drums and music at the 68th annual Catonsville Fourth of July Parade. The...
  • 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...
  • Consignment couture in Baltimore

    Consignment couture in Baltimore
    In a city starved for luxury flagship retail stores, consignment shops are the closest thing fashionistas have to getting the same haute couture looks worn by the world's rich and famous. Although the fashions might not always be current, they are...
  • Eric Benjamin taking his talents to Dulaney High [Running]

    Eric Benjamin taking his talents to Dulaney High [Running]
    Eric Benjamin's off-season has become his season of transition. After six years as coach of North Harford High School cross-country and track teams, Benjamin is leaving to teach and coach at Dulaney High School in Timonium. Known for his outstanding...
  • 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...