The settlement was founded as a place where planters, who each had a wharf along the river, could bring their tobacco crop to be loaded on English trading ships. Later, Elkridge Landing was built as the seaport dock for the community. In 1755 the Elkridge Furnace was founded at the Elkridge Furnace Complex, a historic iron works located on approximately 16 acres (65,000 m2) and including six remaining buildings of an iron furnace which operated into the 1860s. The millrace that fed water to the furnace was filled in in the 1920s to create the current “Race Road”. The Hockley Forge and Millwere created upstream in 1760. In 1781, Lafayette camped light infantry at Elkridge Landing en route to Virginia during the Revolutionary war. In 1825, Jansen Town burned, taking out all of the oldest buildings at the Landing and 9 out of 10 houses in the village. The same year, on October 12, 1825, the Elkridge Landing postal stop was created
Howard County’s oldest settlement, Elkridge continues to thrive with its convenient proximity to Baltimore, Washington D.C., Thurgood Marshall BWI Airport, and many other points of interest in all directions.
Nationally recognized for its 200 miles of trails and more than 16,000 acres of beautiful scenery, Patapsco Valley State Park offers visitors space for fishing, camping, canoeing, horseback riding, and more. Located on the same site that housed Maryland’s first post-prohibition distillery world-renowned brewery Guinness recently opened its Open Gate Brewery and Barrel House, a tap room and experimental brewery just down the road on Route 1. This site also features new restaurant 1817.
Dine in elegance or plan your next memorable event at The Elkridge Furnace Inn, inside a historic, eighteenth-century mansion on the banks of the Patapsco River. One of the oldest existing colonial plantations in Maryland, Belmont Manor & Historic Park combines eighteenth-century history with picturesque scenery to create a popular venue for weddings and other private parties.
Satisfy your sweet tooth at local favorite Cindy’s Soft Serve, or sample delectable baked goods created by the team at Kupcakes & Co., who proved their skills with a victory on the Cooking Channel’s Cake Hunters.
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