anniversary with us! 250th
Slide One River.
Three Brothers.
Seven Hills.
250 Years.
Slide CELEBRATION – then and now!
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The year 2022 marks Ellicott City, Maryland's Sestercentennial. It was 250 years ago when “the Ellicott Brothers arrived in The Patapsco River valley, and decided to settle in the wild place some folks called ‘the Hollow’. Nestled between what is now Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, DC, the settlement would grow to become the preeminent town within the Patapsco Valley – birthplace of the Nation's industrial revolution!

Join us as we celebrate and rediscover the history and charm of Historic Ellicott City, Maryland – the town older than America!

PICTURED LEFT TO RIGHT: EC250 Honorary Committee Members Jim Robey, Fred Dorsey, Martha Clark, Gwen Marable, EC250 Board members Ed Lilley and Victoria Goodman, along with Howard County Executive Dr. Calvin Ball, Honorary Committee member Roger Caplan, 3 young ladies in colonial dress, Howard County County Member Liz Walsh, and Benjamin Banneker.

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EC250 aims to inspire celebrations throughout Howard County, Maryland that honor and celebrate the 250th anniversary of the founding of historic Ellicott City, Maryland.  By partnering with community groups around Howard County, we will share the unique history and national significance of historic Ellicott City, Maryland through innovative educational, entertainment, and cultural events.


The fun begins January 2022 and runs through December 2022!  Check out our events page for more specifics.


Events will highlight different aspects of historic Ellicott City’s incredible history. Don’t forget to sign up for our mailing list to stay informed of the fun happening throughout the year.

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Become a sponsor or make a donation to the EC250 fund. Or host an event that celebrates the Sestercentennial.


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of railroad track from Baltimore to Ellicott City


who rode the train in 1830 from Baltimore to Ellicott Mills


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founded Ellicott’s Mills (Joseph, Andrew and John Ellicott)