Tours & Dates

Literary Pub Crawl | $15.00 per ticket | Purchase Tickets
Stroll through a town almost 250 years old with stops at three pubs and hear from writers who spent time here including the granddaughter of a founder, a Secretary of the Navy, a U. S. Ambassador to Spain, the first truly American writer (at least according to Wm. Faulkner) and an editor at The Baltimore Sun.
First Thursday of every month – 7:00 PM
Tickets are $15.00 (does not include drinks).
Tour takers must be a minimum of 21 years old.


P. S. I Love You | $12.00 per ticket | Purchase Tickets

A romantic evening of letters and writings from the hearts of historic figures connected to Ellicott City including a U. S. President, a Civil War General, America’s most famous literary icon, as well as the” Sage of Baltimore” and others.
Next tour date to be announced.

The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe | $12.00 per ticket | Purchase Tickets

Poe, a remarkable and interesting writer, is, indeed, remarkable and interesting in his relationships with the opposite sex. In his 40 years he was connected in some way with no less than 7 women. What is probably his most famous poem, The Raven, was written to commemorate love. The attending physician at his death had requests from no less than 50 women for a lock of his hair. We have created a special tribute to Mr. Poe and his loves which we will present twice a year.
October 7, 2018 – 7:00 PM


Ladies About Town | $12.00 per ticket | Purchase Tickets

A founder of Swarthmore College, an undertaker and her sons, the richest woman in Howard County, the author of 2 novels and 7 scientific texts, a possible saint in the Catholic Church and a myriad of highly successful entrepreneurs! All are connected to Ellicott City!
Next tour date to be announced.

Ellicott City – Shadows and Spectres | $12.00 per ticket | Purchase Tickets

Dinner with the Devil, Demon trees, Door # 13, Lure of the Pukwudgies – are they real or imagined people in the river valley?, Murderous overnight guests?, Water & Granite – Home Sweet Home for those who have not yet completed their journey, Cries and Whispers at almost every turn.
Next tour date to be announced. 


Catonsville’s Barons of Industry | $12.00 per ticket | Purchase Tickets

Doctors, Lawyers, Shipping Magnates, Real Estate Moguls, Inventors, Hoteliers, Banker’s. Philanthropists and Educators – They all called Catonsville home when it became a summer retreat as they built grand homes and knew even then that life would be great in 21228! 
Next tour date to be announced.


Events at the Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum
3711 Maryland Avenue, Ellicott City, MD 21043

A portion of the ticket price goes to support programs at the Station!

Colorful Characters of Ellicott City: It’s a lot like “Ripley’s Believe It or Not”! (Adults 21+)
A presentation on interesting people and facts associated with our town; a Miami tribe chief, a Secretary of State, a President, “The Bambino”, the Wheelbarrow Lunatic, the “King of the Wild Frontier”, the Washington Monument, Phoebe Ann Mosey and more – “Believe it or not” they all have a connection to Ellicott City!

April 12th 7:00 to 9:00 PM | Tickets
July 12th 7:00 to 9:00 PM | Tickets


Ladies About Town (Adults 21+)

A presentation on the women who helped to shape Ellicott City into the town we know today; a founder of Swarthmore College, an undertaker and her sons, the richest woman in Howard County, the author of 2 novels and 7 scientific texts, a possible saint in the Catholic Church and a myriad of highly successful entrepreneurs! All are connected to Ellicott City!

May 10th 7:00 to 9:00 PM | Tickets


Spirits of the Patapsco River Valley (Adults 21+)
Stories of ghostly happenings from Ellicott City though the river valley to Catonsville. In the realm of the unexplained, various visitors to the region claim to have seen UFO’s, Bigfoot type creatures, Gnomes (yes, Gnomes) and, of course, Ghosts. The latter is the focus of this presentation.

June 28th 7:00 to 9:00 PM (Night of the Strawberry Full Moon!) | Tickets

October 24th 7:00 to 9:00 PM (Night of the Harvest Full Moon!)
Contact Caitlin Chamberlain at 410-313-0420 for registration.


Innovators of the Patapsco River Valley (Adults 21+)

Rich men, poor men, young men, old men: our river valley was a hotbed of early movers and shakers; learn their names and their accomplishments; The wealthiest man in America, a free African American who corresponded with the drafter of the Declaration of Independence, the oldest person ever nominated to run for President of the United States and much more!

August 9th 7:00 to 9:00 PM | Tickets


Ellicott City during the Civil War: A Town Torn? (Adults 21+)
John Brown’s Raid, a 1,000 man Union Camp, the Patapsco Guards, a gun that could fire 250 rounds per minute, a tomb of unknown soldiers, Romance and Poetry. Join us and see our town during the War between the States!

September 8th 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Contact Caitlin Chamberlain at 410-313-0420 for registration.


Howard County Historical Society Ghost Tours

Haunted History of Olde Ellicott City | Reservations required before 5:00PM the day of the tour

Every Friday & Saturday at 8:00PM, April - November

We double dare you to walk the streets and learn more about the past inhabitants of this historic milltown — one of the oldest and most haunted locales in America! The lady in white of Tonge Row, the Civil War soldier who stalks the lower end of Main Street, and the vigilant firefighter of Station 2 invite you to hear their stories during our frightfully fun ghost tours.

The Friday tours offer different ghost stories from the Saturday tours so be sure to book one of each to hear ALL the ghost stories about Ellicott City (the order of the tours does not matter).

The tour begins in front of the Howard County Welcome Center (Visitor Center/former Post Office) at 8267 Main Street in Ellicott City.

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Tickets for HCHS Members, Seniors, Military, and Children 6-12 are $11 per person; tickets for all other Non-Members are $13 per person

Large Group discounts are available for 10 or more. Please call: 410-480-3250


The Spirits Pub Tour (Adults 21+) | Reservations required before 5:00PM the day of the tour

Third Thursday of every month (weather permitting) at 8:00PM

Enjoy a specialty drink designed to suit the mood as we take you inside for a taste of the favorite haunts of Ellicott City’s ghosts on this extended tour into the buildings.

The tour begins at the Wine Bin at 8390 Main Street. If you would like a wine sample or to take advantage of a 15% discount on purchases that night only then arrive no later than 7:30 PM.

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