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Patapsco Female Institute
3655 Church Road, Ellicott City, MD

Situated on a hilltop overlooking the Patapsco River Valley, The Patapsco Female Institute was founded in 1837 as an academy of higher learning for young women in a time when it was uncommon for girls to learn math and science, subjects that where emphasized here. The stabilized ruins of the Greek revival structure are open for tours, and serve as a beautiful setting for special events including weddings, receptions, camps, and open-air theatre. The Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park is located at 3655 Church Road in historic Ellicott City. 

The Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park will be open from May-November for tours on weekends from 1-4pm, unless otherwise noted.   

For information about tours of other historic sites, please visit the Heritage Program page.

Click here for a map of the site.

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Weddings and Rentals

The Patapsco Female Institute offers a truly unique atmosphere for couples looking to put a personal touch on their wedding celebration. The elegance of Greek revival architecture meets the breezy lightness of an outdoor event in the stabilized ruins to provide endless versatility for creative couples.

For more information, contact Caitlin Chamberlain at 410-313-0420 or


Weekend Closures

The Patapsco Female Institute will be closed the following days for private events:

-Saturday, October 3, 2020

-Saturday, October 10, 2020

-Saturday, October 17, 2020

-Saturday, October 31, 2020

-Saturday, November 7, 2020


Special Events

Please visit Heritage Program page for information about special events!

Educational Offerings

Please visit the Heritage Program page for information about field trips, homeschool programs, and scout badge opportunities!

Volunteer Opportunities

Please contact Caitlin Chamberlain at for information about opportunities to volunteer with the Living History and Heritage Program. 

A junior docent program is available for high school students in need of service hours. Follow this link to apply and register.