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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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  • Childhood cancer fundraiser remembers Keeley Imel [Ellicott City]

    Calling all foodies! On Thursday, April 10, from 6 to 10 p.m., the St. Jude Hope in the Harbor Gala is cooking up inspiration to fight childhood cancer at Baltimore's American Visionary Art Museum.     The event will feature over twenty top-rated...
  • Maryland pays dearly for ignoring mental health needs [Letter]

    Maryland pays dearly for ignoring mental health needs [Letter]
    Maryland needs to move forward quickly on new legislation to support mental health initiatives ("Legislation pushes involuntary mental health treatment," March 10). Many parents are in a crisis mode when their children develop a mental illness and...
  • Rec Sports: Howard Huskies sending three teams to Nationals

    Ice hockey The Howard Huskies sent two teams (U16AA and U18AA) to Nationals last year and this year another team has joined the mix. This year, not only the U16AA and U18AA repeated as Maryland state champions to advance to Nationals in early April,...
  • Bel Air commissioners look toward April, the last snow

    Bel Air commissioners look toward April, the last snow
    Bel Air Mayor Robert Reier joked at Monday night's town meeting that Public Works Director Randy Robertson could probably "write a book" on clearing snow from municipal streets, sidewalks and facilities with the latest snow that hit Monday. "The...
  • Beloved musical comes to Chapelgate stage [Marriottsville/Sykesville/Woodstock]

    Beloved musical comes to Chapelgate stage [Marriottsville/Sykesville/Woodstock]
    There's no business like show business at Chapelgate Christian Academy. Though smaller in size and resources than local public schools, it presents a consistently stellar spring musical. This year's production? "Annie Get Your Gun," the beloved Rodgers...
  • Ehrlich and GOP lack health care solutions [Letter]

    Ehrlich and GOP lack health care solutions [Letter]
    Everyone knows it's far easier to criticize than to propose constructive solutions. Predictably, former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. provides a lengthy list of problems with the Affordable Care Act but no solutions ("Obamacare hurts more than helps,"...
  • More than 6 inches of snow falls overnight

    More than 6 inches of snow falls overnight
    More than 7 inches of snow fell across parts of the region by Monday, making it the snowiest March here since 1993. As of 8 a.m., the National Weather Service reported 7.9 inches of snow at BWI Airport, the point of record for Baltimore. The record...
  • District 1 County Council candidates speak on minimum wage, transportation

    District 1 County Council candidates speak on minimum wage, transportation
    In Howard County’s first council district, there are nearly as many Democratic candidates for one seat as there are seats on the council itself. “When I first decided to run for this position, I knew I had really big shoes to fill –...
  • Musical Knights bring an Irish twist to Tanzanian relief

    Musical Knights bring an Irish twist to Tanzanian relief
    It's not often you hear of a traditional Irish band that features the name of an impoverished African nation in its title. But the Tanzania Ceili Band, which performs lively Irish music for social dancing, isn't your average group. The seven-member...
  • Ulman bill would expedite ownership change of Merriweather

    Ulman bill would expedite ownership change of Merriweather
    Howard County Executive Ken Ulman said Thursday he has proposed a bill that would force downtown developer Howard Hughes Corp. to relinquish ownership of Merriweather Post Pavilion as early as later this year. "The fact remains we have not seen any of...
  • Two local groups seek to take over some TriColumbia races

    Two local groups seek to take over some TriColumbia races
    Two local organizations hope to take over endurance race events that have for decades been staged by the Columbia Triathlon Association, a nonprofit that has been working to keep itself afloat amid financial difficulties. The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young...
  • Benesch aims to put JCC's Gordon Center 'back on the map'

    Benesch aims to put JCC's Gordon Center 'back on the map'
    Lord and Lady Crawley, the Earl and Countess of Grantham, made an appearance. So did their daughters, the ladies Mary, Edith and Sybil, along with Carson, the butler, and assorted lady's maids, valets and footmen. When fans of "Downton Abbey" were invited...