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.

School Tours

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!


$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

For More Information Contact: Kim Phillips, Heritage Tour Coordinator

Historic Walking Tours

Historic Walking Tour of Ellicott City

The Tour will take place from June – October on the 2nd and 4th Saturday starting at 11:00 a.m. The tour starts at historic Mt. Ida (3691 Sarah’s Lane, Ellicott City) and will finish at the B & O Railroad Museum on Main Street. The tour is approximately 3/4 mile and led by a local historian who will take the group to some of the most interesting sites in the Historic District and on Main Street. Water will be provided at the Historical Society Museum.

Tickets are $10 per person, $5 for HCHS Members. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

Tickets must be reserved ahead of time and will not be available at the door. Tours are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather and will be rescheduled if cancelled. For more information call 410-480-3250.

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.

Download the map here.

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)

(240) 626-0963

Ghost Tours

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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Tasting Tours

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

Jailbreak Brewing Company

A production brewery and tap room that features at least eight unique brews on tap. Open Wednesday through Sunday for tastings, tours, events, food truck visits, live entertainment and more.
9445 Washington Blvd. N. Ste. F
Laurel, MD 20723
(443) 345-9699

Lost Ark Distilling Co.

Opening August 2015 – Howard County’s first craft distillery, producers of premium spirits – mashed, fermented, distilled, and bottled by hand, using the finest local ingredients available – handcrafted from farm to bottle.
9385 Washington Blvd N. Suite B
Laurel, MD 20723
(443) 291-9692

Special Tours

Columbia Home Tour

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.