Ellicott City is located in a picturesque valley along the Patapsco River. It is proud of its status as one of Maryland’s most charming old communities. The community's rich and diverse history spans from its early days as the tiny trading center of “Ellicott’s Mills” to its present-day position as County Seat of Howard County. It is about 20 miles north of Washington DC and about 10 miles from Baltimore.
As of the 2000 census, the population of Ellicott City was 56,397. Ellicott is home to high-tech and high-powered business such as Arbitron, Merkle, and Northrop Grumman. With these strong employers, Ellicott City resident’s median household income has increased more than 20% since 2000.
HISTORICAL ELLICOTT CITY, MD
Three brothers, Joseph, Andrew, and John Ellicott were Quakers from Bucks County, Pennsylvania who were captivated with the lush area around the Patapsco River in Maryland. In 1771 they purchased many acres of land along both sides of the Patapsco River to raise wheat and to harness the water power to build a mill. These men revolutionized farming by introducing fertilizer to revitalize the soil which tobacco crops had depleted.
If you have ever played Monopoly, you’re familiar with the name B&O (Baltimore and Ohio) Railroad. In 1830, the Ellicott City Station, the original terminus of the first 13 miles of commercial track, was constructed by the B&O Railroad and is the oldest surviving railroad station in America. In the 1970s, it was restored and converted into a museum which features the story of early American rail travel through exhibits and educational programs.
Students attend schools in Howard County Public School System (HPPCSS). These students consistently score high marks in school performance metrics. HCPSS is second only to Montgomery County in seniors scoring well in Advanced Placement exams. Forbes Magazine has rated Howard County as one of the most efficient school systems in the country.
Ellicott City is a cluster of nine residential villages developed around a town center. The main street shopping district winds its way up a steep slope from the Patapsco River and features a variety of antique and craft shops, art galleries, and fine eateries in quaint settings. History buffs will also enjoy visiting Doughoregan Manor and Ellicott City Station, both of which are on the National Register of Historic Places. Nearby Patapsco State Park is the site of many outdoor activities. Visitors to the area enjoy easy access to facilities for boating, biking, camping, golfing, hiking, tennis, and nature studies.
ELLICOTT CITY MD HOMES FOR SALE
Ellicott City MD homes for sale range from quaint older properties in the historic district to newer construction in a variety of current architectural styles. Presently there are homes for sale with a median price in the $490s. Townhomes run in the upper $290s.
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