Marty is a retired Howard County Police Officer whose only contact with spirits were the aftermaths of those that came out of a bottle. After working for many years in and around Ellicott City, Marty developed a love of the historic district and now happily tells its paranormal history. He applied his training in interviewing and investigation while collecting many of the stories used in the Howard County Tourism ghost tours in Ellicott City and Savage. Marty lives in Carroll County and works for an area college.
Tony is a TV industry educator with 12 years of broadcast and video production experience in and around Howard County, MD. He is known as a Programming/ Traffic Coordinator for two local access cable channels and and for teaching advanced video and media courses to college students. However, recently he is enjoying much notoriety as a ghost tour specialist and kudos for his evening lectures amidst the many haunted locations of Old Ellicott City.
Tessie Fitton has been seeking spirits since her first ghostly encounter some 30 years ago. Seek the spirits with Tessie as your tour guide as she tells tales from the dark side as you walk among the dead in Maryland’s ghost town of Ellicott City. Tessie hopes for the occasional night of the living dead when investigating the paranormal. Sometimes, the spirits themselves seek out Tessie because of her intuitive ability, best explained by the famous Sixth Sense movie line: “I see dead people.”
Dave Fitton has been a performer for over 20 years. In his latest role as a ghost tour guide, Dave loves to perform for the living with dead-pan humor as he brings the Ellicott City dead to life with jokes and stories of their ghostly adventures past and present. In his spare time, he leads paranormal investigations in and around Maryland, hoping that the dead perform for him by showing some signs of life.
Paula Ellicott-Huber, master storyteller, is celebrating her centennial year as a tour guide. She invites you to take her ghost tour accented with historical tidbits; almost every one of her guests has returned. Too many stories, too little time. Join her if you dare.
“Ye Haunted History of Olde Ellicott City” © Ghost Tour Parts I & II
“The Spirits of Ellicott City Tasting Tour”©
“Historic Walking Tours of Ellicott City”©
- What is a ghost tour and what types are available?
It’s a guided walking tour through the Historic District where the guides recount stories of paranormal activities, both past and present, associated with sites in the town. You will also learn some history about the area. There are three different ghost tours offered in Historic Ellicott City. Our most popular tour is the “Ye Haunted History of Olde Ellicott City” ghost tour, Parts I and II, which lasts about one hour and 15 minutes. Because most establishments are closed in the evening, stories are told outside and in front of each location. The other Main Street tour we offer is the “Dare to Taste the Spirits of Ellicott City”. This tour is 2 hours long and goes into four taverns where you can purchase and drink a beverage of your choice while listening to your guide tell stories of paranormal activities within that establishment. You must be 21 years of age for this tour.
- What’s the difference between Part I and Part II?
Generally, Part I is offered on Fridays and Part II on Saturdays for the “Ye Haunted History” tour. You do not need to take Part I before Part II. They are independent tours, both covering Main Street, but dealing with different stories and locations.
- How far and how difficult is the walk?
The walk is about 10 blocks, walking down and then back up a steep hill on Main Street.
- Is it wheelchair accessible?
The “Spirits” tour is not wheelchair accessible. The “Ye Haunted History” ghost tours are wheelchair accessible but please let us know in advance so the guide can alter the route.
- When and how long are the tours?
The “Ye Haunted History” tour is offered every Friday & Saturday evening from April through November. The tour begins at 8:30 PM sharp and ends slightly before 10:00 p.m. In October (if necessary) we offer tours every 30 minutes beginning at 7:00PM. Reservations are strongly recommended. If you send an email or leave a phone message you do not have reservations until you receive a confirmation from our office. The “Spirits” tour begins at 8:00 and is at least two hours long and reservations are required.
- When should we arrive?
We suggest that you arrive in town no later than 30 minutes prior to your scheduled tour as it often takes some time to locate a parking space.
- Do I need a reservation and do I need to purchase the tickets in advance?
Reservations for the Spirits tour are required. If you are planning to attend the “Ye Haunted History” tour we ask that you let us know by making a reservation and paying for your ticket online at http://tickets.visithowardcounty.com. You may purchase a ticket in person on the evening of the tour but we cannot guarantee that a spot will be available if you choose to do so.
- How much are the tickets and are there group rates?
There are no group rates. The “Ye Haunted History” tour tickets are $13.00 for adults and $11.00 for children 6 to 12 and seniors 65 and up as well as active U. S. military and their family members with military ID. The “Spirits” tour is for 21 years and older and is $20, $18 for seniors 65 and up and active U.S. military and their family.
- How do we purchase tickets?
Tickets can be purchased online at http://tickets.visithowardcounty.com or by calling our office at 410-313-1900.
- Where are you located?
The “Ye Haunted History” and Spirits tour will begin at our Welcome Center located at 8267 Main Street.
- Can tickets be purchased online and if so will I have a ticket to bring?
Yes you should purchase your ticket online but you will not receive the physical tickets. Print out the confirmation and bring it with you.
- How many people are in a group?
For the safety and enjoyment of our guests, we try to limit the group size to approximately 25 people for the “Ye Haunted History” tour and 16 for the “Spirits” tour.
- What if it rains?
For light to moderate rain the tours will go as scheduled. For heavy rain, flash flood warnings or thunder & lightening the tours will be cancelled. We will attempt to contact all those with reservations by email and/phone. See questions 14 and 15 regarding refunds.
- What is your cancellation policy?
There is no penalty, however, please notify us in advance of cancellation. If tickets were prepaid, you may get a refund or pick another date. For the “Spirits” tour, we do require a minimum of four people total; if we do not get four, the tour may be cancelled.
- Are there refunds?
Yes, no matter who cancels. You may get a refund or pick another date.
If you feel your guide led an excellent tour, they are allowed to accept tips, though it is not expected.
- Is the tour suitable for children?
We only allow children six and older. For children between 6 and 12, we leave that decision to the parents. You know your child the best.
- Are tours conducted in other languages?
American Sign Language is offered three times a year – spring, summer, fall and also for private tours. Call for more information.
- Is there parking near the tour?
Hamilton St., next to the Welcome Center, is the entrance to free parking lot D. After 6:00 PM all spaces in town are free, even those that are metered.
- Can you recommend a place to eat, either before or after the ghost tour in Ellicott City?
There are many excellent restaurants to choose from on Main Street. Call the Welcome Center to discuss your options or visit our dining page.
- Do you offer private tours?
Private tours are available for groups of 15 or more. There is no group discount but you may choose the day & time; you are not locked into Friday or Saturday at 8:30. A private tour can be booked for less than 15 but the cost would be the same as for 15 people. We usually CANNOT guarantee private tours on weekends in October due to intense demand.
- Can pictures or videos be taken?
A number of our guests have had unusual experiences with their cameras and/or pictures! Still cameras are welcome on the tours. You may not videotape or audio tape any portion of the tour nor may you bring EVP devices.
- Are your tours only in Ellicott City?
At this time yes, we only operate tours in Ellicott City.
- Contact us:
Howard County Tourism & Promotion,
8267 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043
410-313-1900 / 800-288-TRIP (8747), 410-313-1902 (FAX), www.visithowardcounty.com