Columbia/Ellicott City

Columbia and Ellicott City are two adjoining communities in Maryland that are quite different in character, offering area visitors abundant attractions for all ages. They are set about 22 miles southwest of Baltimore and 35 miles northeast of Washington, D.C.

For starters, neither is a town in the proper sense—both are unincorporated communities, though Columbia has a quasi-governmental body consisting of residents and business owners. Ellicott City dates to the Revolutionary War days and is hallmarked by historic attractions. Columbia is a planned community that was first developed in the late 1960s. Its founder was James Rouse, whose later fortunes came from the re-development of blighted…

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