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B&O Ellicott City Station Museum
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Owner description: The B&O Ellicott City Station Museum is the oldest surviving train station in America, also many would argue that it is also the first station in America in general. The station was originally established as Freight Station only with passengers loading and unloading from a platform attached to the second story of the hotel that once existed across the street from the platform. In the 1850's the B&O decided to transform the station for passenger use as well as freight. The station was also an important transportation hub during the civil war moving both supplies and troops for the Union. The station continued as a passenger station until December 31st 1949 and as Freight Station until the 1970's. The station was than converted to a museum and is listed under the National Register of Historic Places. The management of the Museum has changed throughout the years, with Howard County Recreation and Parks taking over management from the site in September of 2017
Reviewed 6 April 2018

We arrived with three kids (ages 2, 2, and 4), 2 parents, & two grandparents and had a wonderful visit. From the time you park your car you're surrounded by incredible RR cars of every kind, The entrance fee was expensive so you have to visit as a special experience, but we did it all - rode the RR, did the Kid Challenge, locating stamping stations which resulted in a prize at the end, climbed in and out of cars, and played on the playground. Everyone in the family had a ball. There's no food or drink available, so be sure to pack some for the little ones (and Grandpa).

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Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

I took my 3.5 year old grandson and 2 year old grand daughter. This is a small museum but perfect for them. It is the original building in old town Ellicott City, which in itself is charming and quaint. Parking is difficult but I managed to find a municipal lot for free and no time limit.
The museum only has an old caboose car. My grand kids thought it was fun however to sit in the car. Also, it has model trains on a huge display that my grandson watched non stop for 45 minutes. Other than these two things there is a toy room with train cars and tracts for kids to play, an old telegraph room and the station managers quarters. Small but certainly entertaining for the little folks. Ticket prices were free but donations accepted.

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Reviewed 3 January 2018

What a delightful time we had touring the B & O Station Museum in Ellicott City. It is the oldest surviving railroad station in America. What was especially interesting was the train garden made out of Legos to resemble the historic town of Ellicott City. It was made of at least a half million Lego bricks. We can’t even imagine the many hours (they say over 500) that went into making this fabulous train garden. Our grandchildren were completed enthralled. We then went outside to see the caboose, which the kids really thought this was fascinating. We explained to them what the purpose of the caboose. It is a manned North American railroad car coupled at the end of a freight train. Cabooses provide shelter for crew at the end of a train. Admission is free (donations welcomed), and the train garden will be up till January 28, 2018. The museum is closed on Monday and Tuesday.

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Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

I've lived in Howard County for several years and finally had a chance to stop in. There is much information on local area and friendly staff to answer questions.

Thank Phil K
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

Great train displays, especially the LEGO Main Street Ellicott City display upstairs. Lots of interactive things for kids, lots of history

Thank jmarks889
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