Anna and I go to Ellicott City a lot. It’s kind of our go-to destination when we get a day off together. We very rarely dine, we almost never buy anything and we ALWAYS visit the jewelry store where we purchased our engagement rings. Yes, I wear one too! More than anything, we just pop in and out of the antique shops and kill time in this historical and idyllic setting.
Today I wanted to see what was at the end of the main drag. Ellicott City isn’t all that big but we still haven’t seen everything and honestly didn’t know if there was a restaurant or a store or a whatever there. What is there is The Baltimore&Ohio Railroad Museum, Ellicott City. I didn’t know there was a second one. I am very familiar with the amazing B&O Railroad Museum in downtown Baltimore and if you’ve never been to that location, do yourself a favor and be awed by the size and majesty of locomotive history. But I urge you to NOT pass up this smaller, more intimate museum a mere 13 miles south of Baltimore City.
It’s only $5 a person to get in and it’s a pretty good deal with some interesting stuff until you get to the store house behind the station that is home to the diorama with working trains…it’s a real big train set! It shows the first 13 miles of commercial rail in the United States between Baltimore and Ellicott City. It even shows the Historic Mt. Clare Mansion…can you dig it? But the highlight of this building is the docent, Pete. He was dressed in period garb, he’s got a white beard and he just knows a whole heck of a lot about Baltimore and trains and he’s just a nice man to have a conversation with, particularly if you are a Baltimore Boy…or girl.
Oh yeah, it’s the oldest railroad station in the United States.
Go to the website, give them a call, go and check it out and step back in time for a few minutes.