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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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  • Ace Valentine continues to shine on track

    Ace Valentine continues to shine on track
    Last summer, elementary school track and field sensation Anthony 'Ace' Valentine returned from the AAU Junior Olympic Games draped in medals both silver and gold. Back then, he was merely scratching the surface of what he could achieve. His age aside,...
  • Matthew T. Kellermann, systems analyst

    Matthew T. Kellermann, systems analyst
    Matthew T. Kellermann, a computer systems analyst and lifelong baseball fan, died Aug. 1 of a heart attack at his Ellicott City home. He was 53. The son of John L. "Jack" Kellermann, an American Telephone & Telegraph worker, and Ruth Bopp Kellermann,...
  • The Rev. Harry L. Hoffman III, Episcopal rector

    The Rev. Harry L. Hoffman III, Episcopal rector
    The Rev. Harry L. Hoffman III, a retired Episcopal rector who had been associated with churches in Maryland, Virginia and Wyoming, and was an ardent conservationist and outdoorsman, died Aug. 1 of complications from Parkinson's disease at the Fairhaven...
  • Leagues filling up fast for winter, spring sports

    Email sports copy to howardcountysports@patuxent.com by 9 a.m. Monday. Basketball Celebration Church's 13U boy's basketball team is looking for dedicated and hard working basketball players for its year-round team. The team will practice twice...
  • Ellicott City's Soft Stuff to hold grand opening Monday

    Ellicott City's Soft Stuff to hold grand opening Monday
    Ellicott City's old-fashioned ice cream parlor is back, with more flavors and an indoor seating area.  Soft Stuff, which sells soft-serve, nonfat yogurt and snowballs on the former site of the Forest Motel and Forest Diner, has been open since Aug. 1....
  • Howard County judge rules daughter will be tried as adult in death of Dennis Lane

    Howard County judge rules daughter will be tried as adult in death of Dennis Lane
    A Howard County judge sent Morgan Lane Arnold back to jail from a juvenile facility Monday, ruling that the 16-year-old should be tried as an adult on charges she plotted with her boyfriend to kill her father. Circuit Judge William Tucker told a full...
  • George W. Hilton, college professor

    George W. Hilton, college professor
    George W. Hilton, a retired college professor, author and transportation economist whose works on railroads and shipping included the seminal history of Maryland's Ma & Pa Railroad, died Aug. 4 of heart failure at Lorien Health Park in Columbia. He was...
  • Howard awards scholarships from county-sponsored Pathways program

    Howard awards scholarships from county-sponsored Pathways program
    When Howard Community College nursing student Danielle LaClair discovered that her tuition payment plan had been canceled, she didn't know what to think. As it turned out, the 28-year-old Ellicott City resident had no cause for worry. LaClair was...
  • Howard County announces funds to paint Main Street's west end

    Howard County announces funds to paint Main Street's west end
    Ellicott City's Main Street is poised for a second round of painting,  this time on the west end of town and funded primarily by county dollars, officials announced Monday. Shop fronts on the eastern side of town were painted in June, as part of a...
  • Howard Green Jobs program provides cash, experience for disadvantaged teens

    Howard Green Jobs program provides cash, experience for disadvantaged teens
    To say Lourdemilla Dorsainvil has had an interesting, productive summer job is like saying Germany had an interesting, productive World Cup tournament.  So far this year, the 17-year-old rising junior at Oakland Mills High School has, among other...
  • Special dog provides more than assistance for Ellicott City veteran

    The living room of John and Michelle Barbare's townhouse in Ellicott City is filled by a crib, baby clothes and toys that belong to Cameron, their 1-month-old son. In the midst of these things lies Javier, the family's dog. It's a comforting environment,...
  • Deaths draw attention to drugs in EDM scene

    Deaths draw attention to drugs in EDM scene
    Does the EDM scene have a drug problem? The question, which has followed the increasingly mainstream electronic dance music genre for years, is being raised again in the wake of the deaths of two males, ages 20 and 17, who attended an all-day EDM show...