Founded in 1772, Old Ellicott City is a unique town full of surprises.

Reminiscent of an old European village, many of our buildings are built from locally quarried granite, each visually different from one another.  Stone staircases leading up the sides of properties are a favorite with photographers.

We are home to the B&O Rail Museum – Ellicott City Station,  the oldest surviving railroad station in America and the original terminus of the first 13 miles of commercial railroad in the country plus numerous historic sites and properties.  Old Ellicott City is also considered by some to be one of the most haunted towns in America.  Bordered by the Patapsco River and beautiful hiking trails, we are where nature, history and modern amenities swirl into one.

Today, our walk-able town is home to independent unique stores and interesting restaurants with a diverse art community rich in creativity.  Many of these artists call us home and our galleries are filled with locally crafted original art from textiles to sculptures.

More than just a historic and shopping district, Old Ellicott City feels like home, even if it’s your first time visiting. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to fall in love with our eclectic community of artists, shop keepers, restaurants, service providers and welcoming residents.