Introduction to Ellicott City, Maryland
Ellicott City is an unincorporated community in Howard County, Maryland.
Ellicott City History
Ellicott City is the county seat of Howard County. The community was named in honor of its founders, Andrew, John and Joseph Ellicott, the Bucks County Quakers. It was formerly known as Ellicott's Mills. A city charter was secured for the community in 1867, when its name was changed to Ellicott City. However, it lost its charter in 1935, and became a designated historic district in 1973. The house of the Ellicott brothers was destroyed by Hurricane Anges, which also caused extensive flooding in the downtown Main Street area.
Ellicott City and nearby Attractions
- Howard County Historical Society
- Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
- Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Station Museum
- Patapsco Valley State Park
- Cylburn Arboretum
- Audubon Naturalist Society Refuge
Things To Do In Ellicott City
The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Station Museum, the oldest railroad station in America, is located in Ellicott City. It houses various exhibits including a large train model. The Thomas Isaac Log Cabin is a rustic structure that was built by an early settler in 1780. The Howard County Farm Heritage Museum showcases artifacts and memorabilia reflecting the history of the area. The Patapsco Valley State Park, which is spread across 14,000 acres along the Patapsco River, offers facilities for canoeing, biking, fishing, hiking, horseback riding and picnicking. The Chatham Mall Shopping Center, the Normandy Shopping Center, the Village Green Shopping Center and the Golden Triangle Shopping Center are the local shopping centers. Golfers can enjoy a round at the Carroll Park Golf Course, the Waverly Woods Golf Club, Woodlands Golf Course or at Hobbit's Glen Golf Club.
Ellicott City Transportation
Air transportation is available from the Baltimore-Washington International Airport.
Ellicott City Higher Education
Howard Community College, the Community College of Baltimore County, and the University of Baltimore are some of the nearby colleges and universities.