Please note: The Freight House and Caboose will be closed during Freight House renovations from May 9 through June 18. The rest of the Museum will be open.
Admission to the museum is FREE!
Address3711 Maryland Avenue, Ellicott City, MD 21043
HoursWed-Thurs: 10am-3pmFri-Su: 10am-5pm 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.
The Art of Lace Making
The ever-popular Chesapeake Region Lace Makers Guild returns to share their knowledge of the intricate art of lace making. Give it a try for yourself and watch the masters at work as they set up at the B&O Ellicott City Station Museum and demonstrate their artistry and skills with this handcrafted tradition. Admission to the museum is free. Info: Emily Mosher, 410.313.0419 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Ages Free
Sept 14 10am-3pm
Telegraph Day at the B&O
Join us for a day of telegraph fun! W.S. Halliday, reporter, takes us back to the 1800s to share his knowledge of telegraphs. Try your hand at sending messages, learning Morse code, and building a telegraph! Info: Emily Mosher, 410-313-0419 or email@example.com.
All Ages Free
Sept 29 11:00am-3pm
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Ages Nov 29-Jan 5 Free
Midnight Madness at Historic Sites
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 Firehouse Museum and the B&O Ellicott City Station Museum and see everything decked out for the season! Information: Emily Mosher, email@example.com, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 410-313-0419.
All ages Free
Dec 7 &21 Noon-4pm
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
21+ yrs $35 per participant
RP9975.501 Sept 5 6:30-10pm
RP9975.502 Oct 3 6:30-10pm
RP9975.503 Nov 7 6:30-10pm
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 email@example.com.
2-5 yrs $3 per participant
RP9982.501 Sept 14 10:30-11am
RP9982.502 Sept 28 10:30-11am
RP9982.503 Oct 12 10:30-11am
RP9982.504 Oct 26 10:30-11am
RP9982.505 Nov 9 10:30-11am
RP9982.506 Nov 23 10:30-11am
All Aboard: Jobs on the Railroad
Bring your preschooler to the B&O to learn more about the jobs on the railroad! Build the railroad track, pack freight cars, and learn different train signals with sensory games, activities, and songs! Info: Emily Mosher, 410-313-0419 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ages 3-5 $5 per participant B&O ECSM
RP9985.511 Sept 18 10:30am-12:00pm
RP9985.512 Nov 20 10:30am-12:00pm
Patapsco Valley Innovators
Charles Carroll, Benjamin Banneker, The Ellicott’s, Peter Cooper, Samuel F. B. Morse, Ross Winans, the Latrobe’s, Victor Bloede: movers and shakers all and still affecting our lives today! Info: Emily Mosher, 410-313-0419 or email@example.com.
21+yrs $12 per particpant
RP9981.501 Sept 19 7-9pm
Freight House Films Presents!
Enjoy a movie about railroading in our historic Freight House, built in 1885. Movie changes monthly. Space limited, pre-registration required. Information: Emily Mosher, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 410-313-0419.
RP9977.501 Sept 21 The Goddess 7-9pm
RP9977.502 Oct 19 The Ghost Train 7-9pm
RP9977.503 Nov 16 Riding the Rails 7-9pm
School’s Out: Wigwams to Viaducts: Historic Architecture in Howard County
Solve the architectural design challenges from the time of the Native Americans through the Industrial Revolution. Take a walking tour of architectural sites in Ellicott City and explore the Greek Revival ruins of the Patapsco Female Institute. Scouts: earn your Architecture badge or Historic Preservation patch! Info Kelly Palich 410-313-0423 or email@example.com.
7-13 yrs B&OECSM
RP9979.501 Sept 30 9am-3pm $50
RP9979.502 Aftercare 3-5pm $10
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
16yrs+ $8 per particpant
RP9983.501 Oct 5 6-7:30pm $8
Scout History Day: Cast Iron Chef: Civil War Edition
Explore methods of Civil War era cooking through the lens of history! Research historic recipes, prepare a cast iron cooking hearth and build a fire to prepare the foods. This program meets requirements for Cast Iron Chef, Simple Meals, and New Cuisine Scout Badges. Info: Kelly Palich, 410.313.0423 or email@example.com.
9-18 yrs $15 per participant
RP9985.502 Oct 6 11am-3pm
School’s Out: For the Union!
Uncle Sam wants you! Enlist for one day in the Union Army and help protect the streets and railroad of Old Ellicott City. Learn what it would take to defend the town through soldier's drills, marches, and daily duties. Info Kelly Palich, 410-313-0423 or firstname.lastname@example.org
RP9979.503 Oct 9 9am-3pm $50
RP9979.504 Aftercare 3-5pm $10
A Tale of two Rivers: Colonial Settlement in Howard County
Spend the afternoon discovering the early colonial settlement of Howard County. Through hands-on activities for the whole family, learn what it took to build shelter, establish an early mill town, and learn about one of the earliest colonial period archaeological sites in the county! Info: Kelly Palich, 410.313.0423 or email@example.com.
All Ages $8 per participant
RP9980.503 Oct 12 1-3pm
Colorful Characters & Little Known Facts of Ellicott City
Strange as it seems these are all connected to our town: Mishikinakwa & Marpau, The Great Compromiser, Old Hickory, Marble Man, The Wheelbarrow Lunatic, The King of the Wild Frontier, The Bambino, Mr. Entertainment, and more! Information: Emily Mosher, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 410-313-0419.
21+yrs $12 per participant
RP9981.502 Oct 17 7-9pm
School’s Out: Working on the Railroad
People in Ellicott City worked in some of the earliest jobs in industry, transportation, and communication in the country. Discover the skills it took to run these industries successfully. build a rail-line, learn skills like station master signals and 19th century firefighting, and build a telegraph to take home! Info: Kelly Palich 410-313-0423 or email@example.com.
RP9979.505 Oct 18 9am-3pm $50
RP9979.506 Aftercare 3-5pm $10
Scents of the Season
Transport yourself 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 fall with scent-sational crafts. Info: Emily Mosher, 410.313.0419 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All ages $4 per participant
RP9980.506 Oct 19 12-2pm
Homeschool History Day: A Tale of two Rivers: Colonial Settlement in Howard County
Spend the day discovering early Colonial settlement of Howard County. Learn what it took to build a shelter in the early frontier, establish an early mill town, and try different colonial-era survival skills such as cast-iron cooking and fiber arts. Info: Kelly Palich, email@example.com or 410-313-0423.
7-16 yrs $20 per participant
RP9979.512 Oct 21 10am-3pm
Ghostly Guides at the B&O
Gain exclusive after-hours access to the oldest railroad station in America and see what eerie adventures await you! Tour the museum, lean about ghost hunting equipment, then explore the museum to ask unseen residents questions, take photos, and detect supernatural activity. Info: Emily Mosher, 410.313.0419 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
16yrs+ $25 per participant
B&O EC Station Museum
RP9978.501 Oct 26 8-11pm
Kids Night in at the Museum
Need a kid-free date night? Drop your children off with us at the B&O Ellicott City Station Museum while you do some shopping and dining on Main Street. Participants will have a blast from the past doing historic crafts and explore the hidden history of the Station. Info: Emily Mosher, 410.313.0419 or email@example.com.
5-10 yrs $15 per participant
RP9976.501 Nov 15 5:30-9pm
Scout History Day: Architecture and Preservation
Explore how historians and preservations study and record old buildings on a tour of historic sites in Ellicott City. Activities incorporate history, math, geography, and science. Covers requirements for Architecture and Historic Preservation badge/patches.
8-18 yrs $15 per participant
RP9985.503 Nov 17 1-3pm
Ladies About Town Part 2!
Part one covered ladies from our more distant past. Our new presentation deals with the extraordinary female entrepreneurs born after 1900 and continues to present day Ellicott City. Info: Emily Mosher, 410-313-0419 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
21yrs+ $12 per participant
RP9981.503 Nov 21 7-9pm
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
RP9982.507 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
RP9977.504 Dec 8 3-5pm
RP9977.505 Dec 15 3-5pm
RP9977.506 Dec 22 3-5pm
Preschool camps run Monday, Wednesday, Friday of the week indicated.
Little History Explorers: Imagination Station
Hop on board as you become Junior Engineers on the B&O Railroad! Explore the history of the Railroad through storytelling, games, music and crafts. Each day will focus on a different learning skill including shapes, colors, numbers and letters through STEM based learning! This is a camp Thomas and Percy would love! Parents are welcome to stay. Morning session repeats in afternoon. Info: Emily Mosher, 410-313-0419 or email@example.com.
3-5 yrs $75/participant
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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