"Ellicott City - Marylands Most Haunted City" Top 5 Page for this destination Ellicott City by littlesam1

Ellicott City Travel Guide: 46 reviews and 54 photos


In 1772 three Quaker Brothers moved from Pennsylvania and built the first of their two flour mill on the Patapsco River in Maryland. Ellicott Mills was founded by the brothers John, Joseph, and Andrew Ellicott. They built or financed a network of farm roads to make sure they were able to have wheat delivered for their mills. These roads became the Baltimore to Frederick Pike which eventually became the historic National Pike. Ellicott City became one of the largest flour milling centers in the colonies.

The Railroad is built

In 1830 the B&O Railroad built the "Old Main Line". This extended from Baltimore City to the rough mill town. Here the first railroad station in the nations was constructed. The famous steam locomotive the Tom Thumb made its initial run here on the 13 mile rail from Baltimore to Ellicott City. During the Civil War the railroad in Ellicott City and its bridges became prime targets of the Confederate Army. Contingents of Union soldiers were placed her to the guard the railroads.

The Ghosts of Ellicott City

Walking through the historical center of the city today it seems almost as if the ghosts of the past are walking with you. And they just might be. Ellicott City is considered to be the most haunted city in Maryland and one of the most haunted cities on the east coast.

The Ghosts of the Lilburn Mansion give rise to stories that date back more than a century. The beautiful home is one of the most notorious in the town.

Also located high on a hill overlooking the city are the ruins of the Patapsco Female Institute. Before the Civil War it was considered one of the most elegant girls schools in the country. Today it is one of the most haunted sites in Ellicott City.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Small town with a wonderful historic preservation
  • Cons:Very off the beaten path
  • In a nutshell:History and Ghosts. Great for a day trip.
  • Intro Updated Aug 16, 2004
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  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2009 at 7:48 PM

    What historic charm. This is my kind of page. Exploring such old world beauty must have been so much fun. These type of places are hidden gems we all should find.

  • crewrower's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2006 at 2:49 AM

    Nice pages about EC. It's my birthplace and a great town in many ways.

  • BerniShand's Profile Photo
    May 12, 2005 at 2:29 PM

    l wore my hat while l read this page, though now lm a bit worried it may be haunted

  • Apr 12, 2005 at 1:31 PM

    Strange enough, I have a friend who used to work at the Forget Me Knot Factory. Nice Ellicott City page.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Feb 3, 2005 at 4:38 PM

    What a fascinating city Ellicott City is. Great architecture; mysterious tales, unique stores, one-of-a-kind "bubble Guy"; and a strange women's school...great ingredients. Your photos certainly add to the ambience.

  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Nov 8, 2004 at 8:10 AM

    Ghosts, bubbles and more. You've shown us some things we didn't know about, Sam. We'll have to add Ellicott City to our list of places to visit.

  • Myndo's Profile Photo
    Sep 27, 2004 at 1:04 PM

    Sounds like the place I do not want to stay for the night LOL, but I like your hats!

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Aug 31, 2004 at 8:58 AM

    What a fascinating page! And the horses beat the train. But only for a little while.

  • keeweechic's Profile Photo
    Aug 16, 2004 at 8:39 PM

    A haunted city.. how fascinating :-) What fascinating stories. I would love to visit a town like this.. maybe even see a haunting. Fun to do silly things..:-)


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