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. The tour begins in the parking lot of the Mount Ida mansion at 3691 Sarahs Lane and will take you on a journey that follows in the footsteps of Ellicott City’s founding fathers, visionary educators, railroaders, merchants, lawyers, millworkers, firefighters, police officers, slaves, prisoners, ministers and more. Please keep in mind that this guided tour covers roughly three-quarters of a mile over hills and some rougher terrain so remember to bring your stamina as well as your passion for history!
Free parking is available near the Mount Ida mansion at the top of the hill north of the courthouse.
Tickets for HCHS Members, Seniors, Military, and Children 6-12 are $11 per person; tickets for all other Non-Members are $13 per person
Large Group discounts are available for 10 or more -please call: 410-480-3250.
Tickets must be purchased by 5:00pm the day before the tour, or else secure reservations by contacting HCHS at 410-480-3250.
Refund Policy: We unfortunately do not offer refunds, however, since our tours run on a regular basis, we are happy to schedule you for another date and time. You will need to register in advance of the tour. Please call 410-480-3250 to arrange a new date.
In the event of rain: If heavy rain is forecast we will likely cancel. Please leave a phone and email contact so we can reach you to let you know.
Light rain forecast: The tour will proceed with option to have a single inside location where stories will be told if rain increases.
In the event of Severe Storm or Flood Watch or Warning: Tours will be cancelled.
In the event of weather related cancellations, tickets will be honored for future tour dates. Reservations will still be required for the new date!