The village of what began as Ellicott Mills was founded during the English colonization of the area in the 18th century in the Patapsco River Valley. The Ellicott brothers, Joseph, Andrew and John, came from Quaker Country—Bucks County, Pennsylvania—in 1772 to create what would eventually become one of the largest milling operations in the colonies. The settlement that grew around their prosperous milling operation was first called Ellicott Mills. In 1867, the town’s name was changed to Ellicott City and is known today as Historic Ellicott City.
Many historic structures still stand in Ellicott City, including the B&O Ellicott City Station Museum, the oldest standing railroad station in the country. and the Patapsco Female Institute, a finishing school for girls built in the late 1800's. In between the dining and shopping, take some time to explore the historic sites around experience a step back in time.
Put on your most comfortable walking shoes and step back in time with the Howard County Historical Society to discover the intriguing stories behind the iconic landmarks of this nearly 250-year-old mill town.
Know before you go! Please make sure you contact businesses individually before visiting as COVID-19 may have impacted their hours and operations.
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