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

Apr
5
Fri
Dog days of springtime @ Main Street Sykesville
Apr 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Please join us on April 5th for Sykesville Main Street’s Dog Day First Friday from 6-9p.

Bring along your furry friend and spend the evening with us.

The Friends of the South Carroll Dog Park will join us to judge and choose the Best in Show in the following categories:

  1. “You look just like your human!”  Dog/Owner resemblance
  2. Best Trick- They will be recorded to provide viewing footage
  3. Best Costume

Prizes will be awarded. Some of the Merchants on Main will offer dog related products or invite a dog related organization/business to join in on the fun.

We will have a local Century HS photographer join us to take pictures of your dogs so you can encourage them to look their best! Details to follow.

The Friends of South Carroll Dog Park are a volunteer group of South Carroll residents committed to fundraising to build a 2.5 acre dog park on the property of the South Carroll Senior and Community Center. This will provide an area for safe pet play and community engagement for local residents.

Phase 1 of the project will cost $42,000 which will go towards fencing the 2.5 acre park area and paving a path to the park from the parking lot to allow for easy and safe access, Phase 2 will cost an additional $12,000 to section off a small dog play area within the larger park. The group meets monthly to plan effective fundraising efforts and uses Facebook page, Friends of South Carroll Dog Park, to communicate updates, events, photos and news about the project.

To participate,  purchase your ticket and bring your receipt to the registration table, by Patapsco Distilling company and the Vine on Main Street.

Your $20 tax deductible (EIN 52-6000910) donation will go directly to the Friends of South Carroll Dog Park to help with the development of the Park.. Preregistration is required. All preregistered participants should bring their receipt to the registration table.

*Non-refundable, event is rain or shine.

*Information provided to the Downtown Sykesville Connection will not be used for any purpose other than the distribution and/or confirmation of receipt of tickets.

*The Downtown Sykesville Connection is not responsible for any situations that arise due to the Paypal transaction system.

Apr
14
Sun
Mimosas on Main Street @ Main Street Sykesville
Apr 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Mimosas on Main Street @ Main Street Sykesville
Please join the Sykesville Main Street Merchants as they celebrate Spring with specials in stores and restaurants.
Enjoy specialty Mimosa cocktails as you shop with your $10 commemorative glass.
Purchase your $10 wristband early and receive the commemorative glass.  Wristbands will be for sale the day of the event but the supply of commemorative glasses is limited.
Bring your receipt to the check-in tent on April 14 at 1pm with proper ID.  Glasses will be available for sale the day of the event.  See you there!

*Non-refundable, event is rain or shine.

*Information provided to the Downtown Sykesville Connection will not be used for any purpose other than the distribution and/or confirmation of receipt of tickets.

*The Downtown Sykesville Connection is not responsible for any situations that arise due to the Paypal transaction system.

May
5
Sun
9th Annual Art & Wine Festival @ Sykesville main street
May 5 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
9th Annual Art & Wine Festival @ Sykesville main street

Santa said you deserved a totally rebranded 2019 Sykesville Art & Wine Festival with wines from around the world…
How could we say no??

Details to follow.
Email us at DowntownSykesvilleConnection@gmail.com to participate.

Artist Application & Guidelines

Food 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)

 

 

 

May
19
Sun
Sykesville Farmers Market @ Downtown Sykesville
May 19 @ 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)

 

May
26
Sun
Sykesville Farmers Market @ Downtown Sykesville
May 26 @ 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)

 

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