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

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Upcoming Events

Jun
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Sykesville Farmers’ Market @ Downtown Sykesville
Jun 24 @ 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 20th to Oct 28th! You can find a variety of fruits and vegetables, herbs, honey, cakes, nuts, beef, pork, poultry, eggs, cheese, baked goods, dog treats, jewelry, pickles, sangria, and more. The Farmers Market is located in the warehouse parking lot on Sandosky road. 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?!

Jul
1
Sun
Sykesville Farmers’ Market @ Downtown Sykesville
Jul 1 @ 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 20th to Oct 28th! You can find a variety of fruits and vegetables, herbs, honey, cakes, nuts, beef, pork, poultry, eggs, cheese, baked goods, dog treats, jewelry, pickles, sangria, and more. The Farmers Market is located in the warehouse parking lot on Sandosky road. 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?!

Coolest Mile On Main Street @ Sykesville Main Street
Jul 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Thanks to our fabulous sponsors Tri Sport Junction & Momentum Personal Training LLC. we are spicing it up (or cooling it down) with a Let Freedom Ring theme!

Event Registration is open at TriSport Junction and on Active.com.

Details will be available on our Facebook page.

When purchasing tickets, by registering on Active.com I understand that I have given up substantial rights and waive any responsibility of Downtown Sykesville Connection in harm caused potentially hazardous activity, linked to sport activities. I will not enter and participate unless I am medically able and properly trained, and by my signature, I certify that I am medically able to perform this event, and am in good health, and I am properly trained. I agree to abide by any decision of a race official relative to any aspect of my participation in this event, including the right of any official to deny or suspend my participation for any reason whatsoever. I attest that I have read the rules of the race and agree to abide by them.  I assume all risks associated with running in this event, including but no limited to: falls, contact with other participants, the effects of the weather, including high heat and/or humidity, traffic and the conditions of the road, all such risks being known and appreciated by me. I understand that bicycles, skateboards, baby joggers, roller skates or roller blades, animals, and personal music players are not allowed in the race and I will abide by all race rules. Having read this waiver and knowing these facts and inconsideration of your accepting my entry, I, for myself and anyone entitled to act on my behalf, waive and release theDowntown Sykesville Connection and the Town of Sykesville, all event sponsors, their representatives and successors from all claims or liabilities of any kind arising out of my participation in this event, even though that liability may arise out of negligence or carelessness on the part of the persons named in this waiver.  I grant permission to all of the foregoing to use my photographs, motion pictures, recordings or any other record of this event for any legitimate purpose.  I understand that this event does not provide for refunds in the event of a cancellation, and by signing this waiver, I consent that I am not entitled to a refund if the event is cancelled before or during the event’.

Let Freedom Ring Parade @ Sykesville Main Street
Jul 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The brand new Let Freedom Ring Parade will start at 2:00pm at Sykesville Middle School and route the length of Historic Main Street.  “We chose “Let Freedom Ring” as our theme because not only does it encompass the patriotic spirit of the holiday, the entire Sykesville and Eldersburg region is known as the Freedom area.” states Annie Kennedy, the Parade Committee Chair and Main Street merchant Cowboys & Angels Boutique shop owner.  Other committee members include fellow merchants Katie Johnson from Norwood Ice Cream & Candy Company, Ridia and Stewart Dearie from The Vine on Main and Baldwin’s Station Restaurant, and Julie Della-Maria, DSC Executive Director. “My favorite 4th of July was spent in a small town in Vermont; half of their town was in the parade and the other half was watching and cheering for them!” remembers Ridia Dearie. The goal of the parade is to promote the Freedom area’s special community and small town spirit. Entrants will include floats, marching units, organized groups, and vehicles.   Awards for floats will be announced at the after-parade party, which will be held around 3:00pm, directly following the end of the parade. A float viewing area, live music, and an old-fashioned 4th of July picnic with food and drink available to eat there or take along to the next activity. Parade application should be mailed to the DSC office: 7307 Spout Hill Road, Sykesville MD, 21784. Event details will also be available in the event section of our Facebook Page.

We would love for you to join our volunteer team for this event!

Sponsors:

Our Red, White and Blue (Title) Sponsor:

THE DIXON/KLUGE GROUP of LONG & FOSTER

Our Stripe Sponsors:

Blue Ridge Title                                              McCormick Mortgage Services

410-795-1932

 

Town & Country Auto Repair

Our Patriot Sponsors:

Cowboys & Angels Boutique

Freedom District Lions Club

Baldwin’s Station

Jul
8
Sun
Sykesville Farmers’ Market @ Downtown Sykesville
Jul 8 @ 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 20th to Oct 28th! You can find a variety of fruits and vegetables, herbs, honey, cakes, nuts, beef, pork, poultry, eggs, cheese, baked goods, dog treats, jewelry, pickles, sangria, and more. The Farmers Market is located in the warehouse parking lot on Sandosky road. 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?!

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