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Ellicott Mills was originally settled by three Quaker brothers named Ellicott from PA who came to this area and established a grist mill on the Patapsco River in 1772. The community is built on seven hills in the tradition of ancient Rome. They are named Capitoline, Rock , Strawberry, Patapsco, Mulligan, Dutch, and Quaker Hill. In 1830, the B&O Railroad built a train station on land donated by the Ellicotts.

In 1867, the town was chartered and changed the name to Ellicott City. The Howard County government declared Ellicott City a Historic District in 1974. There is a very short walking tour of the town.

I've been to Ellicott City a couple of times, but generally I try to avoid going into the historic part of town as it is a bottleneck. Route 40 and then I-70 bypass Ellicott City.

But in the spring of 2002, my daughter moved back to Maryland from her job exchange in England and bought a house in Ellicott City - not in the Historic District of course, but out in the suburbs.

  • Last visit to Ellicott City: May 2004
  • Intro Updated May 24, 2004
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  • littlesam1's Profile Photo
    Jun 2, 2004 at 7:53 PM

    I live less than five minutes from Ellicott City. The next time you are in the area let me know and maybe we can have lunch.

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