Browsing in Ellicott City

Back in October, Mr. Prose and I drove over to Ellicott City, Md., because it had been years since either of us was there. I didn’t remember anything but the old train my kids enjoyed playing around in, but was pleasantly surprised to find beautiful old architecture and cool shops. I had only my iPhone with me, but the light was good and the subjects were great.

ellicott city

According to Wikipedia, in 1772, three Quaker brothers from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, chose the picturesque wilderness to establish a flour mill. John, Andrew, and Joseph Ellicott founded Ellicott’s Mills, which became one of the largest milling and manufacturing towns in the East. The Ellicott brothers helped revolutionize farming in the area by persuading farmers to plant wheat instead of tobacco and also by introducing fertilizer to revitalize depleted soil.

The historic district houses some great cafes and boutiques, such as A Journey From Junk, my personal favorite. . . .

journey from junk

The place is filled with all kinds of quirky stuff.



queen pillow

glass knobs

Then there are antique shops with everything you can imagine. . . .



I found this Baltimore Ravens marching band uniform kind of poignant for some reason.


Definitely going back with my Nikon.


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12 Responses to Browsing in Ellicott City

  1. I love Ellicott City! I used to live there.

    When you go back, go in the candy stores. One of them has chocolate-covered Doritos. I was scared to try them. They’ll also dip a wine bottle in chocolate for you.

  2. flyinggma says:

    Love your pictures and all the stuff inside the stores is so unique.

  3. Caroline says:

    The Journey from Junk photo is great but I do like the fireplace a lot.

  4. timelesslady says:

    Hi, My second comment on your blog today…I live in NJ near Philly, and my husband and I often drive to Northeast, Maryland to camp. The town you wrote about today looks great. I’m going to google it. Maybe next time we’ll take a trip there. Happy day to you. Kathy

  5. delicieux says:

    I love that dresser and fireplace!!! I could spend hours in antique shops!

  6. TBM says:

    I love all the quirkiness! I need the chocolate sign!

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