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Howard County’s Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum receives grants to restore exhibits

August 7, 2018
Media Contacts:
Mark Miller, Administrator, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022
John R. Byrd, Director, Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4640
Caitlin A. Chamberlain, Living History & Heritage Program Manager Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-0420

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County’s Department of Recreation & Parks’ Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) Ellicott City Station Museum has received two grants from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) to restore the museum’s iconic C-2149 caboose and update its freight room diorama.

“For nearly two centuries, the B&O Station has played an important part in the history of Howard County and Ellicott City in particular,” said Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman. “Thanks to these two grants, the county will be able to restore parts of the station’s history, allowing the museum to continue service as a historical teaching tool for future generations.”

With a $65,685 grant from MHAA, the Ellicott City Station Museum’s I-5D model caboose, which was built in 1927 at the B&O shops in Washington, Indiana, will be sent to the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore to be completely restored using historically accurate materials and interpretive signage. 

The second grant ($15,000) will go toward updating the freight room diorama. Originally constructed during Ellicott City’s bicentennial celebration to showcase the origins and importance of the station, the new freight room diorama will offer an engaging and accessible visitor experience. 

“The Station is a significant part of the heritage of Ellicott City and the Patapsco Valley. With these grants, the museum’s major exhibits will continue to engage our visitors,” said Recreation & Parks Director John Byrd. “We’re grateful for the support from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority. The museum is one of six historic sites in downtown Ellicott City that help preserve the history of the area.”

Built in 1831, the Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum operates inside of the oldest railroad station in America. Initially intended as a freight depot, the station was remodeled to accommodate passengers in 1857. The station ceased operation and was later designated as a museum in 1972. Located in Ellicott City’s historic district, the museum, building and grounds are operated by Howard County’s Department of Recreation & Parks. 

The museum is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5:00 p.m. For more information about the museum, visit For information about the Department of Recreation and Parks, visit