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!
Admission to the museum is FREE!
3711 Maryland Avenue, Ellicott City, MD 21043
The Museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
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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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
All Ages Nov 29-Jan 5 Free
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 410-313-0419.
All ages Free
Dec 7 &21 Noon-4pm
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Remembrance
Join us on this special day of remembrance at the B&O Ellicott City Station Museum. Enjoy a special musical program by the Bain Center Gospel Choir, presentations about Dr. King’s legacy as well as local Civil Rights activists here in Howard County. Please bring a nonperishable food item to donate to a local food back. Info: Caitlin Chamberlain 410-313-0420 or email@example.com.
Sunday, January 19 B&O EC Station Museum Noon-2pm Free
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule!
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, email@example.com, or 410-313-0419.
Ages: 2-5 $3 per participant
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
All Ages Free
RP9977.505 Dec 15 3-5pm
RP9977.506 Dec 22 3-5pm
School’s Out: STEAM Into History
Explore the innovation of the Patapsco River Valley! Learn about advances in technology, transportation, and communication. Then, participate in a “Maker’s Faire,” working with real simple machines to test out historical science, engineering, and technology-based experiments. Info: Emily Mosher, 410-313-0419 or email@example.com.
5-12 yrs Days:1
RP9979.603 Jan 27 9am-3pm M $50
RP9979.604 Jan 27 3-5pm M $10
Gain exclusive after-hours access to the oldest railroad station in America and see what eerie adventures await you! Use ghost hunting equipment to ask unseen residents questions, take photos and observe changes in the electromagnetic field to help detect supernatural activity. The night begins with a historic tour of the Baltimore and Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum and after a brief orientation you will have the opportunity to wander the building with some of our professional ghost hunting gear. Contact: Emily Mosher, firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-313-0419
B&O EC Station Museum
RP9978.601 January 31 7-10pm F $25
RP9978.602 February 29 7-10pm Sa $25
RP9978.603 March 28 7-10pm Sa $25
Rails and Tales: Preschool Story Time
Hop aboard the story train! Bring your little one out to journey back through time at one of our historic sites in Ellicott City. Hear stories about people, places and cultures throughout history, play old time games, and make a themed craft that you can take home! Themes change each program, so be sure to visit us several times. Info: Emily Mosher, 410-313-0419 or email@example.com
1 ½-5 yrs B&O Ellicott City Station Museum
RP9982.601 February 8 Sa 10:30-11:00am $3
RP9982.602 February 22 Sa 10:30-11:00am $3
RP9982.603 March 14 Sa 10:30-11:00am $3
RP9982.604 March 28 Sa 10:30-11:00am $3
Scents of the Season: Winter
Come transport to another time in history. Smell is the sense tied strongest to memory, so let your nose be your guide to a mid-nineteenth century winter with seasonal sachet-making and scented candle making. Info: Jake Feirson 410-313-2922 or Jfeirson@howardcountymd.gov.
RP9980.601 February 9 11am-12:00pm Su $4
Kids Night In at the Museum
Need a kid-free date night? Drop your children off with us at the Baltimore and Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum while you enjoy a night out on Main Street. Kids will have a blast from the past doing historic crafts and go on a detective mission to uncover historical facts about the Ellicott City Station. Information: Kelly Palich, firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-313-0423.
RP9976.601 February 14 5:30-9pm F $15
History Days for Girl Scouts: Because of Her
Join the Heritage Program this winter as we celebrate the lives of three of history’s most notable women! Participate in hands-on activities pertaining to each famous woman! These programs are part of the “Because of Her” Patch Program and fulfill various patch requirements. Information: Kelly Palich,email@example.com or 410-313-0423.
Because of Her: Harriet Tubman
Learn how Harriet “Moses” Tubman led over 300 slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad.
RP9985.602 Feb 15 1-3pm Sa $10
Because of Her: Clara Barton
Learn how Clara Barton, the “Angel of the Battlefield,” risked her life to bring supplies and support to soldiers in the field during the Civil War and later founded the American Red Cross.
RP9985.603 Mar 22 1-3pm Sa $10
A Brush with History
Create your own masterpiece at America’s oldest surviving railroad station. Paint a well-known location in Ellicott City with local painter Wiley Purkey, and learn the history behind it. Let local painter and artist guide you in making your own interpretation of a selected painting. Every month paint a different scene in town. Learn about the history behind each site you paint. No experience needed. Materials and supplies are provided. Bring your favorite beverage and snack and let’s get creative! Info: Emily Mosher, firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-313-0419.
RP9975.601 March 5 6:30-10:00pm Th $35
Archaeology In Your Community: The Patapsco Female Institute
For Women’s History Month, come learn how archaeologists have studied one of the most progressive female boarding schools in the 19th-century Howard County! Learn how to identify artifacts and work with real collections from this site!
RP9979.612 Mar 8 2-3:30 Su Free
Homeschool History Day: The Search for Camp Johnson
Learn about Maryland’s role in the Civil War, and how Howard County served as a significant resource for the Union. Info: Kelly Palich, email@example.com or 410-313-0423.
RP9979.602 Mar 9 10am-3pm M $20
Almira Hart Lincoln Phelps
Join Maryland History Tours for a presentation on the head mistress of the Patapsco Female Institute. Phelps was a remarkable woman who transformed the Institute into a renowned educational facility in the 1850s. A prolific author, Phelps became a household name through her writings and as a lecturer. Info: Emily Mosher, 410.313.0419 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
21+ yrs B&O Ellicott City Station Museum
RP9981.601 March 19 Th $12
Behind the Scenes Tour
Go behind the museum ropes on a special after-hours tour of the oldest railroad station in America! Explore the museum’s rich history and discover the preservation efforts undertaken in the 1970s to preserve the station for enjoyment of future generations. Info: Emily Mosher, 410.313.0419 or email@example.com.
16 yrs+ Days: 1
RP9983.601 Mar 26 6-7:30 Th $10
Summer 2020 Camps coming soon!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-313-2922.
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 email@example.com or 410-313-2922.
Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum
3711 Maryland Avenue
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Jake Feirson, 410-313-2922 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Manager/Program Manager
Emily Mosher, 410-313-0419 or email@example.com
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