Howard County Welcome Center

Headquarters for Howard County Tourism & Promotion

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Here you can …

  • Meet the fun, friendly Tourism Team with local insights
  • Pick-up the Official Howard County Visitor + Resident guide, regional maps and travel brochures
  • Check-out historical, cultural and recreational displays
  • Rest and recharge in the comfortable lounge area
  • Enjoy ever-changing photography art and craft exhibits
  • Take home souvenirs by local artists and authors …

All in lovingly renovated historic Post Office from 1939 with its vintage fixtures and charming furnishings, must-see New Deal era murals and the original walk-in safe now complete with brass P.O. Boxes filled with chances for guests to WIN PRIZES!

Welcome Center interior © Losurdo PhotographyA little bit more information …

The Patapsco Heritage Greenway’s River Valley History Panels are an attraction in themselves that both travelers and locals will find very informative. These panels give an accurate picture of the valley from the time when only the Susquehannock and Piscataway Indian tribes were here hunting and fishing up to and including the years when industry was king along the river. Over 20 mills could be found along the Patapsco with more dotting the tributaries leading into it.

The oil paintings on the west and east walls of the Howard County Welcome Center were painted in 1942 by Petro Paul De Anna, an artist commissioned by the federal government as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. From 1934 to 1943, the New Deal murals and sculpture seen in Post Offices were produced under the Treasury Department’s Section of Painting and Sculpture, later called the Section of Fine Arts. Unlike the Works Progress Administration/Federal Art Project, with which it often is confused, this program was not directed toward providing economic relief. Instead, the art placed in Post Offices was intended to help boost the morale of people suffering the effects of the Great Depression with art. A fundraising effort is underway to restore the paintings to their original look and a donation box is available.

 

The Welcome Center at Historic Savage Mill

 

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Take a break from shopping and relax in our newly re-opened Welcome Center located in Historic Savage Mill.  You’ll find everything you need for exploring the parks, trails and attractions throughout Howard County.  For personalized recommendations please visit or call the Howard County Welcome Center in Historic Ellicott City.

Historic Savage Mill, an 18th century textile mill on the National Register of Historic Places, produced canvas that supplied sailors and soldiers for nearly 150 years. Now, fully restored, the Mill offers visitors great shopping, dining, art galleries, outdoor adventures and more, all within a beautiful, historical setting.

 

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