Historic Ellicott City is situated in a scenic valley along the rolling Patapsco River and proud of its status as one of Maryland’s most unique and charming communities. The community enjoys a rich and varied history from its early days as the tiny trading center of “Ellicott’s Mills” to the present seat of rapidly urbanizing Howard County. The main street shopping district, snaking its way up from the Patapsco River, showcases a medley of antique and craft shops, galleries, and fine restaurants in a quaint setting. Nearby Patapsco State Park is the site of many outdoor activities. Residents enjoy quick access to regional recreational centers for camping, biking, hiking, boating, tennis, golfing, and nature study. Housing ranges from quaint older properties in the historic district to newer construction in a variety of architectural styles.