Ellicott City Tourist Attractions
The first terminus of the United States railroad system was in Ellicott City. The original station is now in the B and O Railroad Station Museum.Originally called Ellicott Mills, it was named for three Quaker brothers and their gristmill.
B & O Railroad Station Museum: Ellicott City Station
The B & O Railroad Station is noted as the oldest railroad station in America. The Museum is housed in the station that was the first terminus of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and the destination of America's first steam engine, the 'Tom Thumb', in August 1830. Displays include the stationmaster's quarters, a waiting room, a ticket office, and a freight house. Highlights include the evolution of railroad technology, the Railroad China & Silver exhibit and a Model Railroad Collection.
Address: 2711 Maryland Avenue, Ellicott City, MD 21043-4661, United States
Opening hours: 11am-4pm; Closed: Mon, Tue
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Memorial Day - USA (last Monday, May), American Independance Day (Jul 4), Labor Day - USA (1st Monday, Sep), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), New Year's Eve (Dec 31), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25), Christmas Eve - Christian (Dec 24), Easter - Christian
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $5.00, Senior over 60 $4.00, Child 12 & under $3.00, Child 2 & under FREE
Clark's Elioak Farm
The Clark family, farming since 1797, has a 540-acre farm with vegetables for a roadside stand, as well as grass-fed cattle, sheep, hay and wheat. The petting farm and pumpkin patch opened in 2002. The petting farm features goats, sheep, ponies, donkey, cow, pigs, emu, turkeys, chickens, ducks and bunnies. There are hayrides and pony rides daily.Clark's Elioak Farm has moved and restored many of the items that were once found in the Enchanted Forest storybook park.
Address: 10500 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042, United States
Opening hours: Apr 1 to Nov 7: 10am-4pm; Closed: Mon
Always opened on: Memorial Day - USA (last Monday, May), American Independance Day (Jul 4), Labor Day - USA (1st Monday, Sep), Easter Monday - Christian
Entrance fee in USD: $5.00, Child 1 & under FREE
Useful tips: Open all Mondays in October. Pumpkin patch opens the last weekend in September.
Patapsco Female Institute and Historic Park
The Patapsco Female Institute was first a chartered school in 1834, the Institute taught Maryland's upper class girls ages 12-18 until public schools emerged in the 1860s. The female students studied natural sciences, such as botany, as well as history, languages, music and art.The school closed in 1890 and served as a hotel, private residence, a WW I convalescent home, a summer outdoor theater and a nursing home until the ruins were stabilized for visitors to discover.
Howard County Historical Museum
The Howard County Historical Museum is housed in the First Presbyterian Church, built in 1894. Historic exhibits are on display in the museum while the research center and library are in an adjacent building.
Built in 1889, the Firehouse Museum was a working fire station until 1923. Visitors can see firefighter memorabilia, uniforms and photographs.