Nearby Attractions

Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum

Encompassing 138 acres and containing extensive nature trails, the primary focus of this park is the museum highlighting the contributions of Benjamin Banneker, the first African American man of science.

300 Oella Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21228


B & O Railroad Museum: Ellicott City Station

Completed by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in 1830, the Ellicott City station is the oldest surviving railroad station in America and the site of the original terminus of the first 13 miles of commercial track ever constructed in America.

2711 Maryland Avenue
Ellicott City, MD 21043


Bollman Truss Railroad Bridge

This patented iron bridge was built in 1852. The last remaining example of the Baltimore engineering design used all over the U.S. and Europe.

8600 Foundry Street
Savage, MD

Clark’s Elioak Farm

Farming in Howard County since 1797 and descendant from the Ellicotts who settled Ellicott’s Mills, the Clarks are pleased to open their farm to share their love of the farming and Howard County with visitors each year from April through early November. In addition to the petting farm, they offer educational tours, hayrides and pony rides. The farm is also home to The Enchanted Forest attractions you remember from your childhood. Come out and see Willie the Whale, Mother Goose and many more nursery rhyme characters.

10500 Clarksville Pike (Route 108)
Ellicott City, MD 21042



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Did You Know?
Federal troops captured the Winans Steam Gun at Relay on its way to be sold to the Confederates at Harpers Ferry in 1861.

Ellicott City Historic District Walking Tour

A self guided walking tour of 28 historic sites, including houses of worship, homes, and museums. Copies available at the Howard County Tourism Visitor Information Center.

8267 Main Street
Ellicott City, MD 21043

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Historic Savage Mill

A 19th century mill adaptively restored for a unique shopping and dining experience. National Historic Landmark. One of the top 25 visited attractions in the Washington, DC, and Baltimore areas.

8600 Foundry Street
Savage, MD

410-792-2820, 800-788-MILL

Patapsco Female Institute Historical Park

The Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park is a stabilized ruin of one of the most famous schools for girls in 19th century America.

3655 Church Rd.
Ellicott City, MD 21043


Shrine Of St. Anthony

The Shrine of St. Anthony is a place of prayer, pilgrimage and peace. The Shrine hosts individuals and groups for retreats, programs and meetings

12290 Folly Quarter Road
Ellicott City, MD


Thomas Viaduct

Built in 1835, the first curved, stone-arch bridge in America. The bridge carried the early B&O rail over the Patapsco River and has remained in service over 165 years.

Runs between Elkridge and Relay, MD

Whipps Memorial Gardens

One of Ellicott Mills’ earliest cemeteries (dating back to 1855) is livelier than you think! It abounds with fascinating local history and many heritage and native plants of the area. Open dawn ’till dusk daily, a must see!

3600 block of St. John’s Lane
Ellicott City, MD 21042


The Columbia Archives

Columbia Archives is the primary resource on the history of Columbia, Maryland and the career of its visionary founder, James W. Rouse. A service of the Columbia Association, it offers tours, programs & research assistance to visitors, students, residents, and teachers.

10227 Wincopin Circle
Columbia, MD 21044


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Ellicott City Colored School Restored

Circa 1880, the former one-room schoolhouse presents the history of education for African American children in Howard County during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

8683 Frederick Road
Ellicott City, MD 21043


Historic Oakland Manor

Nestled among trees and foliage in downtown Columbia, a lovely and gracious historic manor awaits the pleasure of your company. We feature indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception sites, a beautiful ballroom, a large tent, ample dance space, and private parking.

5430 Vantage Point Road
Columbia, MD


Howard County Center Of African American Culture INC.

Explore one of Howard County’s unique public museums housing a collection of over 1,000 artifacts and murals representing African American life in rural Howard County in the early 1900s and memorabilia depicting images of African Americans over the last 200 years.

5434 Vantage Point Rd
Columbia, MD


Robinson Nature Center

This is a unique nature education facility situated on 18 acres of land adjacent to the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area. Inside the James and Anne Robinson Nature Center, visitors of all ages can enjoy interactive exhibits on local habitats, wildlife, and the Chesapeake Bay, a children’s discovery room, and a digital, domed nature theater.
6692 Cedar Lane
Columbia, MD 21044


Merryman Street Log Home

One of the earliest dwellings in Ellicott City. A year round 18th-century living history site. Former AME Church.

Corner of Main Street and Ellicott Mills Drive 
Ellicott City, MD 21043


Waverly Mansion

Special events and by appointment. Elegant, period appointed, early 19th century manor home and sole surviving property of the governors Howard: Maryland’s only father and son governors, John Eager Howard and George Howard, respectively.

2300 Waverly Mansion Drive
Marriottsville, MD

(301) 572-7744