Destination Design: Ellicott City courtesy of the Washington Post, written by
Shopping in Ellicott City’s historic district, you might hear the rush of the Patapsco River or a whistle from a train. Nature, architecture and history add to the charm of this small mill town, founded in 1772, whose winding Main Street has survived floods and fires to remain a place to stroll for treasures.
There’s always been a splash of the Bohemian in the shops that come and go in the stately granite or brick buildings, whether a tarot card reader or a Victorian-style tea parlor. And Ellicott City does bring to mind, vaguely, a Mediterranean cliff town whose shopkeepers hang their wares outside on the narrow sidewalks to tempt customers to stop in. “It has a kind of European old-world charm to it, if you look at the unevenness of the roof lines and all the different building styles,” says Susan Shoemaker, of Shoemaker Country, a home furnishings shop here.