Attractions

Sykesville is a Maryland & National Main Street and National Trust for Historic Preservation District. Our rich history, scenic location along the Patapsco, and our vital Main Street are just a few reasons to visit. We also have spring/summer concerts at Cooper Park and on Main Street, a kiddie railway park, model train exhibits right inside real locomotive cars, tubing on the Patapsco and much more. You may even want to plan your visit around one of our fun annual events, such as our spring Art & Wine Festival, our fall Craft Beer Festival, our Ghost & Legends Tour just in time for Halloween, or our old fashioned Merry Main Street celebration.


Outdoor & For Kids

Sykesville Farmers’ Market

Sykesville Farmers' Market

Shop local! Visit us every summer Sunday for local produce, meat & dairy, baked goods, pickles and other specialty items.

Every Sunday, mid May thru October , 9am-1pm

The Little Sykes Railway Park

Little Sykes Railroad

Ride the rails with us! Enjoy free rides on our 1949 12-gauge miniature train through our 2 acre park situated just north of Downtown on Sandosky Road. Open summer Sundays. Donations are greatly appreciated to help with the maintenance.

South Branch Park

South Branch Park

Originally the James Sykes Mill, the park now offers amenities to kids of all ages, including a rentable pavilion, phenomenal playground, and a state of the art skate park. Located across the Patapsco River Bridge. This site is also home to the old Apple Butter Factory building.

Millard Cooper Park

Millard Cooper Park & Warfield Trail

Relax at a pavilion or picnic area, stroll a nature trail, or monkey around on the playground equipment. Featuring outdoor movies and concerts throughout the summer. Located across from the Sykesville Gate House Museum.

S&P Railway Model Train Displays

Sykesville & Patapsco Railway

Inspired by Sykesville’s rich and varied railroad history, S&P Railway builds and operates model train displays, displayed in historic train cars downtown. The train car and caboose are located at the corner of Oklahoma Road and Baldwin Lane in downtown Sykesville.

When the first Sunday of each month is a holiday, the open house is the following Sunday. Admission is free and donations are accepted. During the Christmas season, there are holiday displays as well as additional hours and visits from Santa.

Tubing or Fishing on the Patapsco

Patapsco River Tubing

Tubing the Patapsco River is a popular and enjoyable way to spend a hot summer afternoon.
The Patapsco River also provides for great fishing for the enthusiast. Smallmouth bass, rock bass, redbreast sunfish, hog suckers and white suckers can be found throughout the river.
More on fishing the Patapsco.


Hiking/Walking

Civil War Trail

Sykesville Historical Marker

“In June 1863, as Gen. Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia marched north, Gen. J.E.B. Stuart’s Confederate cavalry rode east of the main army. Soon, Federal cavalry hunted Stuart. Before dawn on June 29, several former area residents guided Stuart’s column north from Cooksville. At Old Frederick Road (present-day State Rte. 99) the force divided, and elements ranged east to Sykesville and Marriottsville.

Gen. Fitzhugh Lee’s brigade continued north on Washington Road to Hood’s Mill and occupied the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad there, cutting telegraph lines to disrupt communications between Frederick and Washington. Stuart soon learned that Gen. Joseph Hooker had been relieved of command of the Army of the Potomac the day before at Frederick and might return to Washington on a special train about 10:30 a.m. that day. The Confederates burned a small wooden bridge over Piney Branch about half a mile east of Hood’s Mill and tore up several sections of track to stop the train and capture Hooker. An alert engineer on an earlier train spotted them, however, and backed up to Frederick to warn Hooker, thereby thwarting the scheme.”

Visit the Historical Marker Database for the location of this Maryland Civil War Trail marker and others in the vicinity.

Main Street Walking Tour

Main Street Walking Tour

Download and print the Sykesville Main Street walking Tour Map, or visit our Town House or Visitor’s Center (Mon-Sat) for a copy of the brochure.

Geocaching

Maryland Geocaching Society

Come to Sykesville for some fun geocaching! Learn more at the Maryland Geocaching Society site.


Historical Sites

The Sykesville Historic Colored Schoolhouse

Historic Colored Schoolhouse

When the schoolbell rang on January 3, 1904, students of color had their first chance at an education in South Carroll County. Sykesville’s Historic Colored Schoolhouse has been restored and furnished to its 1904 appearance, but today exists as a historical site and an educational destination. A variety of field trips and tours are available for students and Scouts ages kindergarten through grade 12.

Sykesville Gate House Museum of History

Gate House Museum

Formerly the gateway to Springfield Hospital Center, the museum is now the primary archive and exhibit for historical artifacts within the town. The Sykesville Gate House Museum strives to interpret the abundant history of the Town of Sykesville and its surrounding communities through its collections, exhibits and special events. Entering the front door, visitors will immediately immerse themselves in the rich history of this community through an innovative timeline. A wide variety of displays and artifacts located throughout the building provide more detailed aspects of the Town of Sykesville’s history.

Sykesville Town House

Sykesville Town House

Originally a private residence owned by John McDonald and his wife, this massive structure now operates as the Sykesville Town House. Stop by for a look around and to pick up a walking tour map as well as other local information. Located at 7547 Main Street.

The Old Main Line Visitor’s Center & Post Office

Old Main Line Visitor Center & Post Office

Initially a B&O Railroad switching tower, the century-old building was relocated to Sykesville and restored to house a full-service Post Office and Visitor Center. Located next to the Old Main Line Park.

Post Office & Visitor Center Hours and Services


More Information

Bus Groups are welcome! For more information, contact 410-795-8959

What to Do in Sykesville, Maryland (USA Today)

Upcoming Events

Sep
22
Sun
Sykesville Farmers Market @ Downtown Sykesville
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sykesville Farmers Market @ Downtown Sykesville | Sykesville | Maryland | United States

The Sykesville Farmers Market runs every Sunday, 9:00am-1:00pm from May 19th to Oct 27th! You can find a variety of fruits and vegetables, herbs, honey, cakes, nuts, beef, pork, poultry, eggs, cheese, baked goods, dog treats, jewelry, pickles, wine, and more.

We have the Junior Market returning that is entirely operated by the kids! Every Sunday we will have a guest Non-Profit group joining us to connect with our community (Stay tuned as the guest non-profit will be announced on our Facebook page every week!).

The Little Sykes railway will be running from 9am-1pm.

Did we mention we have a moon bounce and kids games (hula hoops, chalk, and jump ropes…) always available for free at the market from 9am-1pm?!

Vendor Information 

2019 Vendor Application & Guidelines

Health Permit Application (2 copies, with original “wet ink” signatures – no fax or email)
Health Permit Guidelines (2 copies, with original “wet ink” signatures – no fax or email)
Ingredient Source (2 copies, with original “wet ink” signatures – no fax or email)

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Service Hours — Scholarship — Do we have your ATTENTION?

Are you a teen looking to complete your service learning hours for school? The Sykesville Farmers Market is just the place for you! We are a weekly farmers market that runs on Sundays beginning May 19th through October 27th. Volunteers who dedicate 50 hours or more to the Sykesville Farmers Market and Downtown Sykesville Connection events are eligible for a scholarship!!! Click here to sign up! 

Sep
27
Fri
2019 Carroll Business Academy @ Beasman Auditorium, Acts-Integrace
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Downtown Sykesville Connection is thrilled to announce its fifth edition of the Carroll Business Academy, a series of workshops designed to give participants the tools to be successful in their business! Business owners and entrepreneurs – current or aspiring – are invited to join us for each of our four professional development sessions featuring important information on today’s hot topics in the business world.

This program represents an opportunity to educate and make direct connections with members of the business community.

The Carroll Business Academy sessions will be held at

Beasman Auditorium, Acts-Integrace, 7200 Third Ave, Sykesville MD 21784

Register by clicking on the presentation’s date

September 27, 7PM I Thomas Mazerski, DIRECTOR, MILLER RESOURCES FOR ENTREPRENEURS      

“Game Changers for Small Business”

Are you an improving business or doing the same things in the same way expecting a different outcome? Discover what a smooth-running business should look in this interactive presentation. Find out how to move your operations from people to process and begin to move the needle in the areas of finance, marketing/sales, operations and customer service. These learned techniques enable business owners and entrepreneurs to improve their business results immediately.

October 10, 7PM I Karen Stebner, FINANCIAL SPECIALIST, PRIMERICA

“Key Financial Concepts for your Family and Business”

This interactive, educational workshop teaches fundamental concepts to help individuals, families, and business owners make smart financial decisions and become debt free and financially independent.  By learning how money works, you will leave empowered to get your money working harder and smarter to achieve your goals and dreams.

October 25, 7PM I Tom Fidler, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT /PRINCIPAL, MACKENZIE RETAIL

Tom Fidler serves as Executive Vice President and Principal of MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services, LLC and Executive Vice President and Principal of MacKenzie Retail, LLC, where he oversees a department of ten. Tom specializes in commercial leasing, development and advisory services, and has been involved in some of the area’s most prestigious projects. To date, Tom has participated in real estate transactions totaling over $1 billion in market value. Considered a professional expert, Tom is frequently referenced in both regional and national publications, a featured speaker at industry associations meetings, and a valuable resource to local Economic Development offices. His understanding of retail business, consumer profiles and demographic data, along with his commitment to client success has proven to be invaluable to various clients.

November 7, 7PM I Randi Penfil, GOOGLE

Get Your Business Online:

Explore Google My Business, a free tool for local businesses who want to connect with customers on Google Search and Maps. Learn how to create and/or update your listing, hide your address and take advantage of a free website. Plus, a live demo showing tips and tricks when using your business profile.

In this session we’ll show you how to:

  • Create or claim your Google My Business listing
  • Manage your business info across Google Search and Maps
  • Use Google My Business to connect with potential customers
  • Create a free website using the info from your business listing

 

This event is presented to you by:

 

With the support of:

Sep
29
Sun
Sykesville Farmers Market @ Downtown Sykesville
Sep 29 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sykesville Farmers Market @ Downtown Sykesville | Sykesville | Maryland | United States

The Sykesville Farmers Market runs every Sunday, 9:00am-1:00pm from May 19th to Oct 27th! You can find a variety of fruits and vegetables, herbs, honey, cakes, nuts, beef, pork, poultry, eggs, cheese, baked goods, dog treats, jewelry, pickles, wine, and more.

We have the Junior Market returning that is entirely operated by the kids! Every Sunday we will have a guest Non-Profit group joining us to connect with our community (Stay tuned as the guest non-profit will be announced on our Facebook page every week!).

The Little Sykes railway will be running from 9am-1pm.

Did we mention we have a moon bounce and kids games (hula hoops, chalk, and jump ropes…) always available for free at the market from 9am-1pm?!

Vendor Information 

2019 Vendor Application & Guidelines

Health Permit Application (2 copies, with original “wet ink” signatures – no fax or email)
Health Permit Guidelines (2 copies, with original “wet ink” signatures – no fax or email)
Ingredient Source (2 copies, with original “wet ink” signatures – no fax or email)

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Service Hours — Scholarship — Do we have your ATTENTION?

Are you a teen looking to complete your service learning hours for school? The Sykesville Farmers Market is just the place for you! We are a weekly farmers market that runs on Sundays beginning May 19th through October 27th. Volunteers who dedicate 50 hours or more to the Sykesville Farmers Market and Downtown Sykesville Connection events are eligible for a scholarship!!! Click here to sign up! 

Oct
6
Sun
Sykesville Farmers Market @ Downtown Sykesville
Oct 6 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sykesville Farmers Market @ Downtown Sykesville | Sykesville | Maryland | United States

The Sykesville Farmers Market runs every Sunday, 9:00am-1:00pm from May 19th to Oct 27th! You can find a variety of fruits and vegetables, herbs, honey, cakes, nuts, beef, pork, poultry, eggs, cheese, baked goods, dog treats, jewelry, pickles, wine, and more.

We have the Junior Market returning that is entirely operated by the kids! Every Sunday we will have a guest Non-Profit group joining us to connect with our community (Stay tuned as the guest non-profit will be announced on our Facebook page every week!).

The Little Sykes railway will be running from 9am-1pm.

Did we mention we have a moon bounce and kids games (hula hoops, chalk, and jump ropes…) always available for free at the market from 9am-1pm?!

Vendor Information 

2019 Vendor Application & Guidelines

Health Permit Application (2 copies, with original “wet ink” signatures – no fax or email)
Health Permit Guidelines (2 copies, with original “wet ink” signatures – no fax or email)
Ingredient Source (2 copies, with original “wet ink” signatures – no fax or email)

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Service Hours — Scholarship — Do we have your ATTENTION?

Are you a teen looking to complete your service learning hours for school? The Sykesville Farmers Market is just the place for you! We are a weekly farmers market that runs on Sundays beginning May 19th through October 27th. Volunteers who dedicate 50 hours or more to the Sykesville Farmers Market and Downtown Sykesville Connection events are eligible for a scholarship!!! Click here to sign up! 

Oct
10
Thu
2019 Carroll Business Academy @ Beasman Auditorium, Acts-Integrace
Oct 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Downtown Sykesville Connection is thrilled to announce its fifth edition of the Carroll Business Academy, a series of workshops designed to give participants the tools to be successful in their business! Business owners and entrepreneurs – current or aspiring – are invited to join us for each of our four professional development sessions featuring important information on today’s hot topics in the business world.

This program represents an opportunity to educate and make direct connections with members of the business community.

The Carroll Business Academy sessions will be held at

Beasman Auditorium, Acts-Integrace, 7200 Third Ave, Sykesville MD 21784

Register by clicking on the presentation’s date

September 27, 7PM I Thomas Mazerski, DIRECTOR, MILLER RESOURCES FOR ENTREPRENEURS      

“Game Changers for Small Business”

Are you an improving business or doing the same things in the same way expecting a different outcome? Discover what a smooth-running business should look in this interactive presentation. Find out how to move your operations from people to process and begin to move the needle in the areas of finance, marketing/sales, operations and customer service. These learned techniques enable business owners and entrepreneurs to improve their business results immediately.

October 10, 7PM I Karen Stebner, FINANCIAL SPECIALIST, PRIMERICA

“Key Financial Concepts for your Family and Business”

This interactive, educational workshop teaches fundamental concepts to help individuals, families, and business owners make smart financial decisions and become debt free and financially independent.  By learning how money works, you will leave empowered to get your money working harder and smarter to achieve your goals and dreams.

October 25, 7PM I Tom Fidler, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT /PRINCIPAL, MACKENZIE RETAIL

Tom Fidler serves as Executive Vice President and Principal of MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services, LLC and Executive Vice President and Principal of MacKenzie Retail, LLC, where he oversees a department of ten. Tom specializes in commercial leasing, development and advisory services, and has been involved in some of the area’s most prestigious projects. To date, Tom has participated in real estate transactions totaling over $1 billion in market value. Considered a professional expert, Tom is frequently referenced in both regional and national publications, a featured speaker at industry associations meetings, and a valuable resource to local Economic Development offices. His understanding of retail business, consumer profiles and demographic data, along with his commitment to client success has proven to be invaluable to various clients.

November 7, 7PM I Randi Penfil, GOOGLE

Get Your Business Online:

Explore Google My Business, a free tool for local businesses who want to connect with customers on Google Search and Maps. Learn how to create and/or update your listing, hide your address and take advantage of a free website. Plus, a live demo showing tips and tricks when using your business profile.

In this session we’ll show you how to:

  • Create or claim your Google My Business listing
  • Manage your business info across Google Search and Maps
  • Use Google My Business to connect with potential customers
  • Create a free website using the info from your business listing

 

This event is presented to you by:

 

With the support of:

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