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Ellicott City, MD

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A bewitchingly historic, albeit unincorporated, 30-square-mile community in Maryland's Howard County, Ellicott City was founded by the industrious Ellicott brothers as a mill town in 1772. The five-block Old Town district holds state-designated \historic place\ status, and despite its lack of formal incorporation, Ellicott City is the county seat. A bit of an odd duck, with its mixture of historic urban and rural, English village-like neighborhoods, Ellicott City is a touristy town and one of Maryland's most affluent communities.

Getting Around in Ellicott City, MD

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The average commuter time in Ellicott City is:
20 to 24 minutes
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  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 8.4%
  • 15.84%
  • 3.3%

Haunted Happenings

Ghost stories abound here, with more than a dozen historic sites in the Old Town district alone reportedly being properties to which supernatural spirits and specters are permanently tethered. Ellicott City culture embraces its haunted heritage and residents, businesses, the city, and the county all participate in and sponsor events and festivals that focus on ghostly tales. Ellicott City is purported to be one of the most haunted communities in the nation. The Howard County Tourism Board manages weekly and bimonthly tours around the city's paranormal reputation, and individual businesses throughout the city promote the specters associated with their locales.

Benjamin Banneker His

While the historical park and museum that honor Benjamin Banneker, the nation's first African-American scientist, bears a Cantonville address, the site is actually within northeast Ellicott City, five minutes from Old Town. The 142-acre historical park is on the site of the Banneker family's 19th century homestead, which supplied Ellicott Mills with much of its food in the city's early years. Although the old Banneker family home is long gone, the museum pays homage to the life, work, and writings of the self-educated and highly accomplished Banneker. The complex hosts a variety of educational and cultural events throughout the year.