Ellicott City

Ellicott City, located in Howard County, was founded as a mill town in the late 1700’s and became the first terminus of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad outside of Baltimore City in 1830. From early beginnings to becoming the County Seat, Ellicott City has long been a great place to shop and dine and experience an authentic early American downtown.

Ellicott City’s Main Street district is situated on the Historic National Road and its architectural charm is showcased by over 200 18th and 19thcentury buildings and numerous historical attractions. Learn more about Ellicott City’s rich past at the Howard County Historical Society Museum and delve into its railroad history at the B & O Railroad Museum: Ellicott City Station – the oldest surviving railroad station in America.

Known for many years as a place to go antiquing, today Ellicott City offers a variety of shopping options. Nestled among antique stores featuring the decorative arts and bargain treasures are art galleries, boutiques, toy stores and gift shops offering every day and unique items. Ellicott City has also become one of the regions premiere dining districts with everything from fine cuisine to corner bistros and brew pubs to wine bars.

Events like the monthly Girls Night Out, First Fridays and the annual Main Street Music Fest make sure that there is always something to enjoy on Ellicott City’s Main Street!


Contact Ellicott City Main Street

Christopher Pineda
Ellicott City Partnership
(443) 240-2060

Banner photo by Scott Kramer of Howard County government.