Banneker Historical Park

This national landmark site was the farmstead of the original Banneker family. The 142-acre park is dedicated to preserving the legacy of Benjamin Banneker, the first African American Man of science.

300 Oella Avenue
Oella, MD 21228
(410) 887-1081

Ellicott City Colored School Restored

A one-room schoolhouse building constructed in 1880 as the first public school for black children in Howard County and in use as a school until the early 1950’s. Now houses a genealogical resource center and a museum chronicling the history of African Americans in Howard County.

8683 Frederick Road
Ellicott City, MD 21043
(410) 313-5131

Ellicott City Firehouse Museum

Located in the County’s first firehouse at the intersection of Main St. and Church Rd. in Historic Ellicott City, the Firehouse Museum houses a wide array of fire apparatus, model toys, and an impressive visual history of Howard County’s Volunteer Fire Department. The firehouse was constructed by volunteers in 1889 and after 1923 used as a meeting hall, county office space, and library reading room before opening as a museum. Visit Saturday and Sunday at 1-4 PM, April – December. Private and group tours are available year-round, weather permitting.

3655 Church St.
Ellicott City, MD 21043
(410) 313-5131

Howard County Historical Society Museum

The Museum is home to hundreds of objects that tell the story of Howard County’s history from before European settlement to recent events. From mills and businesses to homes, Native Americans to today’s diverse population, the railroad to the automotive age, the HCHS Museum has something to explore.

8328 Court Ave.
Ellicott City, MD 21043
(410) 480-3250

The Howard County Welcome Center

The Howard County Tourism and Promotion Welcome Center is now in a renovated space accessed directly from Main Street in the Ellicott City Historic District. Speak with knowledgeable staff members about highglights and attractions, enjoy a comfortable lounge area, explore brochures which offer countywide information, discover informational panels detailing the history of the Patapsco Valley, and more!

8267 Main Street
Ellicott City, MD 21043
1-800-288-TRIP (8747)

Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park

Situated on a hilltop overlooking the Patapsco River Valley, The Patapsco Female Institute was founded in 1837 as an elegant finishing school for young women. The stabilized ruins of the Greek revival structure are open for tours, and serve as a beautiful setting for special events including weddings, receptions, camps, and open-air theatre. Tours are on Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 PM, April through October. Private and group tours are available year-round, weather permitting.

3655 Church Road
Ellicott City, MD 21043
(410) 313-5131

Thomas Isaac Log Cabin

Named after its late 19th century owner, this rustic structure was built circa 1780 as a settler’s home of Ellicotts Mills. The cabin was reconstructed on the present site in the late 20th Century. Here, visitors can learn about the settlement and development of the region and artisans. The cabin is located at the intersection of Main Street and Ellicott Mills Drive in Historic Ellicott City, and open Saturday and Sunday at 1-4 PM, April through early December. Private and group tours are available year-round, weather permitting.