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Take a Ghost Tour of Haunted Ellicott City

haunted Ellicott City

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A city immersed in so much history doesn’t come without its ghost stories. In fact, there have been many reported sightings of some of the town’s most notable past residents. If you don’t mind the shivers down your spine, take a look at these Ellicott City ghost tours.

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  • The Cooking Ghost of Oak Lawn
  • The Ghosts of Lilburn’s Mansion
  • The Patapsco Female Institute
  • The Ghost of Mt. Ida
  • Seven Hills Road
  • Heart Beat Bridge
  • Ellicott City Old Fire Station

If the idea of seeing a ghost intrigues you or you love exploring history, we invite you stay with us in Ellicott City. The Wayside Inn is a historic bed and breakfast inn perfectly located near all the activities and attractions in Howard County. Our comfortable rooms and suites exeunt charm and luxury, creating the perfect atmosphere for a romantic getaway.

While you can certainly learn plenty about haunted Ellicott City online, the best way to experience them is with a walking tour.

Howard County’s tourism website illuminates the reasons why haunted Ellicott City may attract more ghosts than other places:

Spiritual energy somehow ‘pockets’ in our town. Geographically, Ellicott City is built on a bed of granite and granite composite… mediums will agree that this feature alone attracts and channels spiritual energy. As you look around notice that many of the original buildings were built using rock that was blasted and carved from the bedrock they’re built on. Paranormal investigators have also offered several other reasons for the plethora of spiritual energy: electricity, water and antiques. The many transformers and thick electrical cables over town, and the Tiber River, which flows directly beneath many of the buildings on the west side of town and empties into the Patapsco river at the bottom of the hill encourage the spirits to stay. If the combination of electricity and the power of water alone is not enough to attract and hold spirits, then many are said to have arrived here piggybacking the personal effects they once owned during life, and with which they have yet to part.
Are you one of the very brave souls who have already survived the Ye Haunted History of Olde Ellicott City Ghost Tour, now in its tenth season? If you are, you’ll surely attest that charming Ellicott City is perhaps the most actively haunted town in America. New stories about very unusual occurrences are always coming to us and we now offer Part 1 and Part II with Part II relating the most recent eye-witness accounts of paranormal activity. We normally give Part I tours on Friday evenings and Part II on Saturdays. The tours are not connected in any way so it does not matter which one you take first.

Ye Haunted History of Olde Ellicott City Ghost Tour, Parts I and II

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The Spirits of Ellicott City

Second Thursday of each month. $20/person and $18 for senior citizens and military personnel. You must be 21+ to attend the Spirits of Ellicott City Tour.

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Please note: The Spirits of Ellicott City Tour requires a minimum of 4 people before it is a go. While you are not required to book reservations for 4, you should know that the tour may be cancelled if our total does not reach 4.

Whether you enjoy tales of haunted Ellicott City or prefer to leave them behind on the tour, at Wayside Inn we can offer a safe haven from all ghostly occurrences. Click here to check availability, so you can book your stay to coincide with your ghost tour.