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Howard County, MD

Howard County, MD

http://www.co.ho.md.us

Howard District was formed in 1838 with the splitting of Anne Arundel County and became an official county in its own right in 1851. Howard County is a bit of an oddity in that it contains no officially incorporated cities under Maryland law. The largest community in the county is Columbia.

 

Howard County lies between Washington D.C. and Baltimore, offering easy traveling to either. The county boasts itself as “…a successful melding of old and new, urban and rural, where the rolling green hills of the Piedmont meet the rocky fall line of the glaciers.”

 

Whether you’re seeking action, adventure, or relaxation, Howard County has something to offer you. You can discover the area’s history during an afternoon hike, pick your own produce, play a round of golf or just relax at a luxurious spa.

 

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum: 
Ellicott City Station

—Built by the B&O Railroad in 1830, the Ellicott City Station is the site of the original terminus of the first 13 miles of commercial track ever built in the United States. It is also the oldest standing railroad station in America. Two restorations, one in the 1970s and one in 1999, returned the building to its 1857 appearance and turned it into a museum. The museum’s exhibits showcase the story of early American transportation and travel.

 

Historic Savage Mill

—This 19th century mill, a National Historic Landmark, has been adaptively restored to create a unique shopping and dining experience. It is one of the top 25 most visited attractions for both the Washington D.C. and Baltimore Areas.

 

Ellicott City Colored School

—This restored one-room schoolhouse from the 1880s showcases the history of educational opportunities for African American children in Howard County during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

 

Columbia Horse Center

—This equestrian facility offers lessons to children and adults. It features an Equi-Lease program, show teams, horse sales, summer and winter camps and boarding.

 

Patapsco Valley State Park

—Extending 32 miles along the Patapsco River, this state park encompasses 14,000 acres of hiking, fishing, camping, canoeing, horseback riding and mountain biking. Created in 1907, Patapsco Valley State Park is one of the oldest state parks in Maryland. The Avalon Visitor Center contains exhibits spanning more than 300 years of history on the Patapsco River. Located within a 19th century stone dwelling, the center includes a replica of a forest warden’s office circa 1930.

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