Ellicott City Station:
TOURS AT ELLICOTT CITY STATION
Explore Ellicott City Station
Visit Ellicott City Station, the Oldest Railroad Station in the nation! Learn about the exciting story of the B&O Railroad, one of the nation's first railroads and railroading in Ellicott City and Maryland between 1827 and 1868 as told by living historians and seasonal exhibits. Explore this one-of-a-kind site featuring an 1831 depot, 1885 freight house, 1863 turntable, reproduction 1830 passenger car, and 1927 caboose.
Groups of 20 or more:
$ 6 per person for ages 2 and up
Complimentary bus driver and group leader
Student Tours at Ellicott City Station
Students enjoy learning about railroading at Ellicott City Station. The operating 40 foot HO gauge model train layout with an accompanying light show inside the 1885 freight house teaches children about the first thirteen miles of railroad track laid in America. The hands-on caboose allows students to climb aboard and learn what it was like to live and work on a caboose.
School / Youth Groups (Preschool - Grade 8) of 20 or more:
$ 6 per student and adult chaperones
One school teacher per class and bus driver receive complimentary admission. Chaperone Policy: All school groups must be chaperoned by a minimum of one (1) adult per every eight (8) children. Teachers and chaperones must supervise children at all times. Any group that does not have the proper supervision of children at the time of arrival will be required to reschedule the group's visit.
America's First Railroad: the 13-Mile Tour
Railroading in America began in Baltimore when the first commercial mile of railroad track was laid by the B&O Railroad. By 1830 the B&O's track reached only 13 miles west to the tiny industrial town of Ellicott Mills, Maryland. Eventually the B&O's line stretched over 4,000 miles linking 13 states and the nation's capitol. What started out as an experiment by local business men would expand into one of the most influential railroads in America and become a symbol of the industrial revolution, transforming the way people and goods moved across the country, and fueling the growth and expansion of America. This self-guided tour begins at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, the birthplace of American railroading with 40 acres of railroad history to explore. Your tour ends at Ellicott City Station, America's Oldest Railroad Station in historic Ellicott City, Maryland where your group will learn how the railroad changed American lives. Tour duration including travel time between both sites is approximately 2.5 hours. Reservations accepted between 11am-2pm Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays. Cost is $20.00 per person. Contact Group Sales at 410-752-2462 x205 or 410-461-1945.
Scenic Byways, B&O Railroad, Civil War Trails
Take an old fashioned road trip on the Historic National Road through Main Street hamlets. Tour the B&O Railroad Museum: Ellicott City Station, the destination of the first 13 miles of railroad laid in America. Retrace the footsteps of soldiers both blue and grey on Howard County's Civil War Trails through nine Civil War sites including stories of Howard County's own Decatur Dorsey. Contact Howard County Tourism & Promotion at 1-800-288-8747 or www.visithowardcounty.com
Group Reservations & Policies
Group discounts are provided at Ellicott City Station for groups with a minimum of 20 persons and a maximum of 75. Groups larger than 20 will need to be divided into two equal sized groups. Group tours at Ellicott City Station are available Wednesday - Sunday between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Call the Ellicott City Station Group Sales office at 410-461-1945 or email Group Sales.
- Deposit: A $50.00 (or full payment if less than $50) non-refundable deposit is required for a guaranteed group reservation. Payment in full is required ten (10) days prior to the scheduled visit.
- Delays or Postponements: Contact 410-461-1945 on the day of the scheduled visit if the group is late or delayed.
- Parking: Free motorcoach and bus parking are available in Lots A, D & F (see parking map at http://www.ellicottcity.net/tourism/parking/)
- Passenger Drop-off: Because of the historic nature of Ellicott City and its narrow streets, there is not, at this point in time, a drop-off point for large buses in front of the Ellicott City Station. Small buses and vans can pull into the loading zone in front of the museum for drop-off and pick-up only. Larger buses and coaches will need to park in Lots A, D, or F, and have their group walk to the station.
- Inclement Weather: In the event of inclement weather, call 410-461-1945. If the Museum is closed due to inclement weather on the day of a group's scheduled visit, the reservation will be rescheduled for another day's visit. No refunds will be offered.
- Food & Drink: No food or drink is permitted inside Museum buildings. Ellicott City has many restaurants in the area. Visit www.visithowardcounty.com for a complete listing of surrounding restaurants and shops.
- Smoking: Smoking is not permitted inside Museum buildings or grounds.