The Caboose will be CLOSED for restoration starting Monday, October 14 through Spring 2020.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  Please check our Facebook page for updates on progress! 

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Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum

Admission to the museum is FREE! 

 

Address
3711 Maryland Avenue, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Phone
410-313-1945

Hours
Wed-Thurs: 10am-3pm
Fri-Su: 10am-5pm 
The Museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

For parking and access information for Ellicott City's Main Street, click here

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History

Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1968, the B&O Ellicott City Station is the oldest surviving railroad station in the country. Built in 1831, Ellicott City (then Ellicott’s Mills) was the first stop on the B&O Main Line, 13 miles outside of Baltimore. The station was originally designed to handle freight, but eventually transitioned to also serve passengers by 1857. Although passenger service was discontinued in 1949, freight service continued until 1972. The station was preserved and restored by local preservation groups to continue to share the important role the B&O Railroad played in local industrial history.

Visiting the Museum

The museum is on two levels, with a set of stairs to the second floor. 

The first floor includes the freight agent’s living quarters, gift shop, and restrooms.  The second floor showcases the Provost Marshall’s Office, Telegraph/Ticket Office, Men’s Waiting Room, and Car House.  We also have two other buildings on the property, accessed from the second floor: our Freight House, which houses our HO-scale model of the first thirteen miles of track from Baltimore to Ellicott's Mills (now Ellicott City), and our 1927 Caboose, which once operated on the B&O Line. 

Although there is no elevator, the museum has a ramp outside of the building to access the platform and second level.  If you need to use the ramp, please let the cashier in the Gift Shop know and we will open the gate for you.  

Restrooms are located on the first floor in the gift shop. 

 

Special Events

Holiday Train Garden

This holiday season, the model trains return to the Baltimore and Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum.  See the LEGO, N-gauge and O-gauge models on display.  Info: Jake Feirson, 410-313-2922 or jfeirson@howardcountymd.gov

All Ages           Nov 29-Jan 5                        Free

 

Midnight Madness at the B&O Ellicott City Station Museum

Take a break from shopping during Midnight Madness and join us as we kick off the 2019 holiday season in Historic Ellicott City!  Visit our  B&O Ellicott City Station Museum and see everything decked out for the season! Information: Emily Mosher, emosher@howardcountymd.gov, or 410-313-0419.    

All Ages     Free

Dec 6               6-10pm          

 

Santa Visits the B&O

Visit Santa at the B&O Ellicott City Station!  If you missed Santa at Midnight Madness, come ready to share your holiday wishlist with him during the holiday festivities in the historic district.  Bring your camera; that perfect shot for your holiday greeting card is waiting!  Information: Emily Mosher, emosher@howardcountymd.gov, or 410-313-0419.    

All ages            Free

Dec 7 &21       Noon-4pm   

Programs

The B&O Ellicott City Station Museum is now offering hour-long guided group tours! There is a charge of $5.00 per person. Please email emosher@howardcountymd.gov to schedule!

A Brush with History

Create your own painted masterpiece of historic scenes of Old Ellicott City while enjoying the creative atmosphere in America’s oldest surviving railroad station.  Local painter and artist Wiley Purkey guides you in making your own interpretation of a selected painting, and exlains the history behind the subject.  No experience needed, materials and supplies are provided.  Info: Emily Mosher, 410.313.0419 or emosher@howardcountymd.gov

21+ yrs   $35 per participant          

RP9975.504                 Dec 5               6:30-10pm      

 

Rails and Tales: Preschool Story Time

Hop aboard the story train!  Bring your little one out to a discovery storytime at the B&O Ellicott City Station Museum.  We will read stories about life long (or not so long!) ago, play games, and make a craft you can take home!  The story changes each month, so be sure to join us more than once!  Info: Emily Mosher, 410-313-0419 or emosher@howardcountymd.gov.

2-5 yrs              $3 per participant 

RP9982.506     Nov 23                        10:30-11am    

 

Rails and Tales: The Polar Express

Join us for a reading of The Polar Express, and make a craft to take home!  Pre-registration required.  Information: Emily Mosher, emosher@howardcountymd.gov, or 410-313-0419.    

Ages: 2-5         $3 per participant

RP9982.507     Dec 8               10:30-11am    

RP9982.508     Dec 14             10:30-11am    

RP9982.509     Dec 22             10:30-11am    

RP9982.510     Dec 28             10:30-11am    

 

Freight House Films: The Polar Express  

What better place to view your favorite holiday train film than America’s oldest surviving railroad station!  Come early to view the holiday model trains throughout the museum.  Pre-registration required. Info: Emily Mosher, 410-313-0419 or emosher@howardcountymd.gov

All Ages           Free

RP9977.504                 Dec 8               3-5pm             

RP9977.505                 Dec 15             3-5pm             

RP9977.506                 Dec 22             3-5pm                         

 

 

Summer Camps

Summer 2020 Camps coming soon!

 

 

Rentals

Do you need a unique meeting or event space?  Are you looking for a place to hold a birthday party? The B&O Ellicott City Station Museum is available for rentals! For information on availability, prices, and times, please contact Jake Feirson at jfeirson@howardcountymd.gov or 410-313-2922. 

Volunteers

We are always looking for dedicated volunteers to help fill our ranks!  If you have an interest in trains, museums, or sharing history with others, this is the place for you.  For more information on volunteer opportunities, please contact Museum Manager Jake Feirson at jfeirson@howardcountymd.gov or 410-313-2922.  

Photo Gallery

Please check out our historic photo page

Contact Us

Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum
3711 Maryland Avenue
Ellicott City, MD 21043
410-313-1945

 

Site Manager
Jake Feirson, 410-313-2922 or jfeirson@howardcountymd.gov

Assistant Manager/Program Manager
Emily Mosher, 410-313-0419 or emosher@howardcountymd.gov