Elkridge is located in Howard County, Maryland. Founded early in the 18th century, Elkridge is bordered by both Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties. It’s closeness to Catonsville, Columbia, Ellicott City and Washington DC is a big draw for many families. Elkridge is considered the oldest settlement in its present county. Located on the Patapsco River the settlement was developed as a place where tobacco planters could bring their crop to be loaded on ships bound for England. In 1825, a fire destroyed most of the village.
The oldest curved stone bridge in the world, the Thomas Viaduct, built in 1833 is located in Elkridge at the entrance to the Patapsco Valley State Park.
Elkridge includes many parks and recreational facilities - Patapsco Valley State Park , Rockburn Branch Park provides athletic fields, playgrounds, and nature trails. Also Belmont Manor and Historic Park hosts nature programs. In addition there are small tributaries from the Patapsco River to enjoy such as, Bascom Creek, Belmear Branch, Budd's Run and Cascade Falls.
Rich in history, this area boasts two historic districts including Ellicott City. They are also numerous churches, historic homes and of course one of the earliest pet cemeteries in the US.