Patapsco Female Institute

  • 3655 Church Road
  • Ellicott City, MD 21043

Perched at Ellicott City’s highest point, the Patapsco Female Institute offered a revolutionary curriculum to young women from 1837-1891. The school earned a national reputation for its inclusion of botany, chemistry, languages, literature, math, and music in an effort to mold elegant young ladies into engaged, active citizens. Since the school’s closure at the end of the 19th century, the site has hosted a hotel, a Summer Theater, and, briefly, a nursing home. The ruins of this grand example of Greek-revival architecture were stabilized and restored in 1993. Explore a slice of the Victorian Era in Howard county by joining us for a tour, booking a wedding or special event, or attending an educational program at this breezy, hilltop historic park. The Patapsco Female Institute offers a truly unique atmosphere for brides and grooms looking to put a personal touch on their wedding celebration. The elegance of Greek revival architecture meets the breezy lightness of an outdoor event in the stabilized ruins to provide endless versatility for creative couples. For more information, contact Erin McNamara at 410-313-0424 or

Attractions - General Info
  • Days & Hours of Operation: Sundays 1 - 4 pm
  • Tours Offered: Yes