Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park

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 elegant finishing school for young women. 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. 

For the 2017 season, the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park will be open for tours on Sundays 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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The Patapsco Female Institute offers a truly unique atmosphere for brides and grooms 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 Allison Meyd at 410-313-0424 or


Please visit Heritage Program page for information about special events!

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

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