Please check our main Recreation & Parks webpage for all updates. 

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

Special Events Coming Soon!

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!

 

Ghostly Guides

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, emosher@howardcountymd.gov or 410-313-0419

16+yrs

B&O EC Station Museum

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 emosher@howardcountymd.gov

1 ½-5 yrs              B&O Ellicott City Station Museum

RP9982.603         March 14                 Sa           10:30-11:00am                   $3

RP9982.604         March 28               Sa            10:30-11:00am                   $3

 

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,kpalich@howardcountymd.gov or 410-313-0423. 

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.

8-18 yrs

RP9985.603        Mar 22           1-3pm              Sa        $10

 

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 emosher@howardcountymd.gov.

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 emosher@howardcountymd.gov.

16 yrs+ Days: 1

RP9983.601              Mar 26               6-7:30              Th           $10        

 

Summer Camps

Please check our Heritage Sites page for information about this year's summer camps! 

 

 

 

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