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Ellicott City: Main Street USA

Published: July 22, 2015

Historic Ellicott City’s Main Street offers an eclectic mix of unique restaurants and quirky shops. Come for a stroll and explore all that Main Street has to offer!

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Restaurants

Bean Hollow
A family-run cafe featuring in-house roasted coffee, tea, smoothies, bagels, pastries and delicious desserts.

Judge’s Bench Pub
With 17 rotating taps of craft beer, even more craft beer bottles and nearly 240 whiskies, you’ll never have to try the same thing twice here.

Phoenix Emporium
An old fashioned pub with large picture windows overlooking the heart of the town, Phoenix Emporium has over 160 bottled microbrews and imported beers from all around the world.

Pure Wine Cafe
Pure Wine Cafe serves small plates of fresh, locally sourced ingredients paired with a wine list that represents a wide variety of styles with a focus on gems from unlikely places.

Shopping

All Time Toys
Children and toy collectors of all ages will love to explore the vintage and modern toys, including Lego, Star Wars and Marvel.

Antique Depot
An antiques and collectibles mall with over 80 dealers, Antique Depot has four floors of antiques and collectibles to explore.

Forget Me Not Factory
This shop’s three floors are filled with whimsical gifts, handmade items and fantasy-related items. If the weather is nice, stop by on the weekend to visit Barry the Bubbleman of Ellicott City!

Sweet Elizabeth Jane
Sweet Elizabeth Jane is a vintage-inspired lifestyle store with clothing, accessories, gifts and home décor.

Events

First Fridays
The first Friday of each month, shops will stay open until 9pm or later with specials, sidewalk sales and late night dining. Live music is featured from 5-8 p.m. in front of the B&O Railroad. And bring your dog along to a wine tasting at Yappy Hour at The Wine Bin!

Girl’s Night Out
The third Thursday of each month, grab a group of girls and head out to Main Street for treats and discounts. Start at The Wine Bin for a goodie bag and then head to the participating businesses with a pink flag out front. Learn more here.

Main Street Music Festival
Maryland’s first unsigned emerging artist music festival, this event features food and drink, family activities such as crafts, storytellers and games like cornhole and football toss, and is free to the public.

Last year’s festival, in its fourth year, had over 5,000 applications, so expect this year’s festival on Saturday, September 26th to be bigger than ever. Get more info here.

Check out these fun events, plus many more!

Historic Ellicott City

Published: July 13, 2015

Ellicott City is a town that is proud of its rich history. After searching for an area where they could grow wheat and harness water power for a mill, brothers John, Andrew and Joseph Ellicott founded Ellicott Mills in 1772. In 1867, a city charter was secured and the name was changed to Ellicott City. Take a stroll down historic Ellicott City Main Street and the surrounding areas, and you will see many remnants from the past.

Here is a list of just some of the historic sites in Ellicott City:

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Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum: Ellicott City Station

Ellicott City Station was completed by the B&O Railroad in 1830, and is the oldest surviving railroad station in America. It is now a national historical landmark. The train station was restored as a museum and today living historians tell the story of the development of the railroad and its impact on Ellicott City.

Thomas Isaac Log Cabin

This cabin was built around 1780 by one of the first settlers of Ellicott Mills. It was reconstructed in the late 20th century as a historical spot where visitors can learn about the settlement of development of the region from authentically costumed historians.

Heritage Orientation Center

Located behind Thomas Isaac Log Cabin in the city’s first courthouse, the orientation center has exhibits and information about the floods and fires of Ellicott Mills, 18th and 19th century milling techniques and the Ellicott family.

Ellicott City Firehouse Museum

This museum is located in the county’s first firehouse constructed in 1889. Now a museum, the firehouse displays fire apparatus, model toys, and a visual history of Howard County’s Volunteer Fire Department.

Ellicott City Colored School

The one-room schoolhouse was built in 1880 as the first public school for black children in Howard County, and was used as a school until the early 1950’s. It was restored in 1995 and now houses a  genealogical resource center and a museum chronicling the history of African Americans in Howard County.

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Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park

The Patapsco Female Institute was founded in 1837 as a boarding school for girls. Now, the stabilized ruins are open for tours and serve as a setting for special events including weddings, receptions, camps, and open-air theatre.

Whether it is your first time here, or you have had a home in Ellicott City for years, there is always more to explore about the town’s past and rich historical presence. Click here for more information and visiting hours for each of these historic sites.

Ellicott City: Location, Location, Location

Published: July 6, 2015

Located in the Baltimore-Washington corridor in central Maryland, Ellicott City offers a historic, small town feel close to big city conveniences. Here are a few of the many reasons why Ellicott City is such a great place to live.

Ellicott City, MD Best Place to Live

Money Magazine Best Places to Live

Ellicott City has appeared in the top 10 of Money Magazine’s list of America’s Best Places to Live four times in the last 10 years. Last year, Ellicott City and neighboring Columbia ranked as the 6th best place to live. The listing referenced Ellicott City’s quaint older homes, charming downtown, good jobs and outstanding school district.

Jobs

Easily accessible to both Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Ellicott City offers endless employment options with a manageable commute. But for those who prefer a shorter commute, there are options right at home in Ellicott City. Some local companies currently hiring include:

  • Lorien Health Systems
  • Sheppard Pratt Health Systems
  • Turf Valley Resort

Schools

There are many great schools in the area that are part of the Howard County Public School system. Last year, five Howard County public schools were among the Newsweek list of America’s Top High Schools. Ellicott City-based Centennial High School ranked in at #18! There are also several private schools in the area.  For more information about the schools in Ellicott City, check out SchoolDigger.

Pet Friendly

Ellicott City was named one of the Top 10 Places for Dog Lovers by U.S. News and World Report for its four square miles of green space and mild weather. There are several parks in Ellicott City, including Worthington Dog Park.

Historic Downtown

Ellicott City’s Main Street offers an eclectic variety of shops and restaurants, as well as a glimpse into the history of Ellicott City. Stay tuned as we explore these topics in the coming weeks!

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