There’s so much to see and do in Howard County, make sure you don’t miss a thing! We offer several walking tours, there’s a little something for everyone.
Get out of the classroom! Come visit Historic Ellicott City and take a walking tour through time…
*Learn about this 240 year-old town and the men and woman who built it
*Listen to and experience what life was like in the 18th and 19th centuries
*Walk through history from colonial times to the present
*Hear National Road, Civil War and B & O Railroad stories
*Explore the area’s unique geology
*See Ellicott City’s most special & fascinating places
Tour is approx. 1 Hour and a Special “Pre-Tour Teacher’s Packet” is available with trivia, interesting tidbits, biographical information & more!
SPECIAL LOW PRICING FOR SCHOOL GROUPS!
$5.00 per student
All staff members are free! (Other adults pay $5.00 each.)
Other educational opportunities at the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, the B & O Railroad Museum: Ellicott City Station, Thomas Isaac Log Cabin and the Firehouse Museum!
For complete information about our School Tours, download our flier:
School Tour Flyer 2013
Historic Walking Tours
Historic Walking Tour of Ellicott City
Want to learn about historic Ellicott City, get a little exercise and have some fun? Join us for our popular daytime walking tour.
In this lively one-hour walking tour along Main Street, learn the 5Rs (Railroad, River, Road, Rock and Rebuild) of Ellicott City. Learn about 20 historic sites, including the raging Patapsco River, the first national road, the town’s hidden cobblestone alley, B&O Railroad Museum, the gigantic rock cliffs alongside the sidewalks and the mysterious marker near the Railroad bridge. Discover the abundance of antique stores, restaurants and specialty shops as you walk along the bustling historic district.
Experienced tour guides can provide a safe, educational, interactive and entertaining day-time tour for school-age children and the young at heart. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Ideal for school-age groups, girl and boy scouts, church groups and others interested in local history
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Historic Walking Tour of Savage
Explore the charming mill and the history that surrounds it in the self-guided walking tour of Savage. Savage Mill once functioned as a working textile mill, and has been rennovated into retail space hosting trendy boutiques, antiques, and artisans. The area surrounding the mill, once occupied by its workers, is now bustling with historic sights.
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Literary Pub Crawl
Come discover what famous historical characters visited Ellicott City and what some of them had to say about the town or what they had to say while in Ellicott City. Just why was Davey Crockett so unhappy during his brief time here? Why did Henry Clay leave the town’s residents’ with their mouths agape? Who dreamt of Mohamet while in The Patapsco River Valley? While enjoying their libation of choice (not included in the price of the tour) participants will listen to stories by and about certain historical characters such as: Washington Irving, H. L. Mencken, Henry Clay, Almira Hart Lincoln Phelps, Davy Crockett, Robert E. Lee and others.
Tours are on the first Thursday of each month. The cost is $10.00 per person and this does not include any drinks. Reservations are required and tour takers must be 21 and above. The tour starts at 7:00PM and lasts at least 2 hours and 15 minutes. The Tour begins at Diamondback Tavern.
Star Spangled Maryland Tour
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.
-Covered Bridges of Frederick County
-Step-on Guide Tour of Frederick’s Historic District
-Full Day Escort Serving all of Maryland
-Civil War Tours – Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area (Frederick, Washington, Carroll Counties)
Ye Haunted History of Olde Ellicott City tour
is a wakling tour that takes you outside different places in town and gives first-hand accounts of paranormal activity in various locations. We had so many stories we had to split them into two tours. Part 1 is on Friday nights, and Part 2 is on Saturday nights (they are non-sequential). The tours run April through November.
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On specified dates, we also offer this tour with an ASL interpreter. (Advanced notice is required)
Dare to Taste the Spirits of Ellicott City Tour
The Spirits of Ellicott City is a “tasteful” tasting tour of historic Ellicott City with the chance to purchase spirits including wine, beer and cocktails. Guided tours are intimate in size and take participants into the haunted pubs, taverns and bistros, even to areas restricted to dining guests where our friendly guides share local tales of the paranormal. You must be 21 or older to take his tour.
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Ghost Walks in Historic Savage Mill
Savage Mill is an indoor facility often busy with shopping enthusiasts. Discovering the Mill’s.exciting past as well as its intriguing paranormal present is easily done amidst the hustle and bustle of a typically busy day. This tour meanders both in and outdoors ending at the Ram’s Head Tavern where weary customers and ghost tourists alike can replenish their energy level while hearing even more about the Mill from the Tavern’s friendly employees.
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Sykesville Ghosts and Legends Tour
Stroll Historic Sykesville and learn about: The Legendary Sykesville Monster sightings, The Jail on Norwood Ave, Police sightings in the cemetery, The ghost of Baldwin’s Station, AND much more! The tours are on select dates in October and depart from the Sykesville Manor House and last approximately one hour.
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Heavy Seas Beer Tour
Visit Baltimore’s largest craft beer brewery and learn how beer is made. Free family friendly tours are offered most Saturdays. Use “Halethorpe, MD” for GPS directions.
4615 Hollin’s Ferry Drive
Baltimore, MD 21227
Linganore Winecellars and Berrywine Plantation Tour
Available year round, our staff will be happy to guide you, your friends and family through our wine making operation. Once you’ve had an opportunity to stroll the grounds, please return to the tasting room and sample a wide variety of our award-winning wines for only $5.00 per person. The tours are free.
13601 Glissans Mill Rd
Mt Airy, MD 21771
Columbia Home Tour
Celebrating its 5th year, this annual event in June features a self-guided tour of five distinct homes throughout the villages of Columbia. Also includes a reception at Amherst House in Kings Contrivance. Proceeds to benefit Rebuilding Together Howard County.
Symphony of Lights Group Walk-Throughs
This winter, plan a 1.4-mile stroll through the Symphony of Lights displays with your work groups, scout groups, school groups and more. Pre-registration required.