Local Shops Win Howard Magazine’s “Best of” Contest!

Congratulations to our local businesses for representing  the Ellicott City Historic District (and winning) in the Howard Magazine’s Best of Howard County 2013!

Our Winners!!


Best Place to Buy WineThe Wine Bin

Wine Bin




Best PhotographyPam Long Photography

Pam Long Photography



Honorable Mentions

Historic Ellicott City – Best Place for a First Date
St. Paul Catholic Church, Rev. Matthew Buening – Best Clergy Person
Sweet Elizabeth Jane – Best Clothing Boutique AND Best Place to Buy Home Decor
Taylors Antique Mall – Best Place to Buy Antiques
Wessels –  Best Florist


Holiday Season Free Parking

Parking will be free in the metered lots B, C, and E from November 29th, 2013 until January 1st, 2014.  Lots A, D, and F are currently free all year round.  Two hour metered parking will still be in effect from 10am to 6pm daily on Main Street and Maryland Avenue.

Stay tuned for shuttle information for Midnight Madness from the courthouse parking lot.

Thank you!  See you soon!

Northern Virginia Magazine Weekend Getaways Article

The historic district was recently featured as a weekend getaway destination in Northern Virginia Magazine.

“Drive along the Historic National Road to one of the Mid-Atlantic’s great river towns—Ellicott City. If you’re familiar with Ellicott City, it’s probably because you love antique shopping or railroad history. But there’s more to this picturesque village than vintage trains and furniture. The past is alive and well in Ellicott City, but so is the future.”

Read the rest of the article and learn why Northern Virginia Magazine finds Historic Ellicott City to be “a town with a compelling past and an intriguing future”!

On-going Railroad Bridge Repairs

CSX will begin its repair work on the railroad bridge abutments  July 23.

At this time, they plan to work 6 days a week, Monday through Saturday. They will set up traffic controls at 7 a.m. and begin work at 8 a.m. Traffic will be able to move in and out of Ellicott City but there will be lane shifts to accommodate the workers. This will also mean that the parking spaces and loading zone closest to the bridge will not be available. Work will continue to approximately 6 p.m. and, then, traffic controls will be removed for the evening.

Throughout the work, one of the sidewalks on the bridge will remain open.

While this work will inconvenience some commuters, visitors and residents, we ask for your patience until this important work is completed.

Thank you,

Steve Lafferty

Director of Special Projects
For the County Executive