History & Heritage in Howard County

Bollman Truss Railroad Bridge

1869 wrought and cast-iron bridge. The last remaining example of the Baltimore engineering design used all over the U.S. and Europe.

8600 Foundry Street Savage, MD 20763410-313-5131Visit website »View location »

Columbia Archives

A unique home to a one-of-a-kind collection of documents on the history and culture of the planned new town, Columbia, and the life of Jim Rouse, its founder. Open to the casual visitor or those interested in doing in-depth research.

10221 Wincopin Circle Columbia, MD 21044410-715-3043Visit website »Email »View location »CA Logo

Ellicott City Colored School Restored

A one-room schoolhouse building constructed in 1880 as the first public school for black children in Howard County and in use as a school until the early 1950’s. Now houses a genealogical resource center and a museum chronicling the history of African Americans in Howard County.

8683 Frederick Road Ellicott City, MD 21043410-313-5131Visit website »View location »

Ellicott City Restoration Foundation

The Ellicott City Restoration Foundation is dedicated to the historic preservation and economic revitalization of the Ellicott City Historic District.

P.O. Box 92 Ellicott City, MD 21041410-247-9252Visit website »

Friends of the Whipps Cemetary & Memorial Gardens

One-acre historical garden park cemetery (1832-1915) with self-guided walking tour, featuring small gardens with many new trees & shrubs. Limited parking & on street parking.

3651 St. John's Lane Ellicott City, MD 21042410-274-7795View location »

Heritage Orientation Center

This historic structure was the county’s first court records building and is now home to a unique collection of exhibits on 18th and 19th century milling techniques, the floods of Ellicott Mills and the Ellicott family.

Corner of Main Street and Ellicott Mills Drive Ellicott City, MD 21043410-313-5131Visit website »View location »

Historic Ellicott City

Restores and preserves the historic beauty and significance of Ellicott City’s Historic District. Also annually restores a historic home in Howard County through the Decorator Show House program.

P.O. Box 244 Ellicott City, MD 21041410-461-6908Visit website »

Historic Oakland Manor

This 19th-century property boasts an elegant manor, scenic gardens, and a patio tent. Voted 2011 “Best Place to Rent for Special Occasions” by the readers of Howard Magazine. Historic Oakland Manor is open to the public Monday-Friday between 9:00am-5:00pm. For the best possible experience, please call ahead or schedule an appointment for tours.

5430 Vantage Point Rd Columbia, MD 21044410-730-4801Visit website »View location »

Historic Savage Mill

A historic complex of buildings home to speciality shops and artist’s studios.

8600 Foundry Street Savage, MD 20763410-792-2820Visit website »

Howard County Conservancy

Historic farm buildings, a nature center, hiking trails and educational programs.

10520 Old Frederick Road Woodstock, MD 21163410-465-8877Visit website »View location »

Howard County Historical Society Library

A non-lending Library houses over 4,000 volumes on various aspects of the area now known as Howard County and its surrounding communities.

9421 Frederick Road Ellicott City, MD 21043410-480-3250Email »View location »

Howard County Historical Society Museum

The Museum is home to hundreds of objects that tell the story of Howard County’s history from before European settlement to recent events. From mills and businesses to homes, Native Americans to today’s diverse population, the railroad to the automotive age, the HCHS Museum has something to explore.

8328 Court Avenue Ellicott City, MD 21043410-480-3250Visit website »View location »

Patapsco Female Institute Historical Park

Features the stabilized ruin of one of the most famous schools for girls in 19th century America.

3655 Church Lane Ellicott City, MD 21043410-313-5131Visit website »View location »

Patapsco Valley State Park

Nationally known for its trail opportunities and scenery, the park extends along 32 miles of the Patapsco River, with 16,043 acres and eight developed recreational areas.

8020 Baltimore National Pike Ellicott City, MD 21043410-461-5005Visit website »View location »

Preservation Howard County

Dedicated to the preservation of Howard County’s historical and cultural heritage.

P.O. Box 6512 Ellicott City, MD 21042410-531-2460Visit website »

Shrine of St. Anthony

A place of prayer, pilgrimage and peace with meeting and program space for individuals and groups.

12290 Folly Quarter Road Ellicott City, MD 21042410-531-2800Visit website »

Star Spangled Tours

One of Maryland’s premiere receptive operators, Star-Spangled Tours offers customized tour packages designed especially for your group. From one to three days, regional itineraries are available with a variety of themes. Request a tour on the region’s history, famous residents, art, architecture, the Civil War and of course culinary delights. In addition, exceptional guide service is available to all groups.

(240) 626-0963Visit website »Email »

Sykesville Main Street

A designated Maryland & National Historic Main Street. Shopping, Restaurants, Antiques, Salons, Events, Model Trains, Little Sykes Railway Train Ride for Kids, Museum, Historic Colored Schoolhouse, Tubing on the Patapsco.

7547 Main Street Sykesville, MD 21784410-795-8959Visit website »

The Maryland Historic National Road

The road that built the nation! Constructed in 1806, the Road begins in Baltimore City and continues west to Cumberland. Howard County’s portion includes wayside markers at key locations along the byway including the B&O Railroad Museum: Ellicott City Station, Thomas Isaac Log Cabin and the Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum.

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Thomas Isaac Log Cabin

An 18th-century living history site that was once a mill workers residence and AME Church.

Corner of Main Street and Ellicott Mills Drive Ellicott City, MD 21043410-313-5131Visit website »View location »

Thomas Viaduct

A National Historic Landmark and Maryland Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, this historic bridge is the oldest major railroad viaduct in North America and the first built on a curved alignment.

Levering Avenue, West of Route 1 Elkridge, MD 21075410-461-5005Visit website »View location »