Sykesville History

A Brief History

The Pattersons

William Patterson, the wealthy Baltimore shipbuilder made the 3000-acre Springfield Estate his country home. In 1803, Patterson’s daughter Elizabeth (Betsy) married Jerome Bonaparte, brother of Napoleon. Reluctantly, William consented to the marriage. In 1804, Napoleon declared the marriage illegal and ordered Jerome to return to France. Return he did with his new wife at his side, but Napoleon refused to let her land. Betsy returned to her father at Springfield, and in 1815 the State of Maryland granted her a divorce.

Horse Train Stop

Upon the death of William in 1824, his son George became the owner of the Springfield Estate. In 1825, George Patterson sold 1000 acres of the Springfield Estate to a business associate, James Sykes, of Baltimore, the man for whom Sykesville is named. One tract of land on the Howard County side of the Patapsco River contained an old combination saw and grist mill. Sykes soon replaced it with a newer and stronger building and in 1830 constructed a five-story stone hotel, consisting of 47 rooms, to take care of railroad personnel and the tourist trade from Baltimore. The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad extended its “Old Main Line” through “Horse Train Stop” in 1831. The area was yet to be named “Sykesville.” Other businesses joined Sykes’s mill and hotel on the south side of the Patapsco River. Buildings included two general merchandising stores, other mills, churches, and a post office. Sykesville was a thriving commercial center and tourist resort.

A Growing Town

In 1835, Dr. Orrelana H. Owings built a large two-story stone store on Main Street for his son-in-law, Harry Miller. Today, the old stone store is owned by Scott Beck who established E.W. Beck’s, another downtown restaurant.

The Springfield Presbyterian Church predates the formation of Carroll County, having been established when Sykesville was still a part of Baltimore County. The church was built in 1836 on land donated by George Patterson. The first floor was used as a school for the Springfield Institute, the first organized school in Sykesville.

In 1845 Sykes enlarged his mill into “The Howard Cotton Factory” and also built homes for his employees on the same tract of land. The factory operated until the depression of 1857.

Civil War Era

During the Civil War, the Town was divided and young men fought on both sides of the conflict. On June 29th 1863, a detachment of Confederate Calvary under J.E.B. Stuart arrived in Sykesville. They tore up some railroad track, burned the bridge over the Patapsco and destroyed telegraph lines.

Most of the town was washed away during the flood of 1868 and recovery was slow, but with the steady stream of B & O traffic, the town was rebuilt on the Carroll County side of the Patapsco River. On a hill overlooking the town, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church was built in time to see the lower portion of Sykesville swept away by the raging Patapsco. Stone for the church was supplied from the estate of Dr. Owings and the Brooks property across the river in Howard County.

Post Civil War

The Springfield estate, with its vast Patterson mansion, passed into the hands of Governor Frank Brown after the death of George Patterson, and during his governorship the Springfield State Hospital was established at Sykesville in 1896. The Springfield Hospital Center, as it is called today, was at one time the largest psychiatric hospital on the eastern seaboard.

In 1876, James Sykes was living in Elysville, Howard County. He visited Sykesville on April 1st of that year at the age of 85. James Sykes died May 30, 1881, at the age of 90. He is buried at Greenmount Cemetery in Baltimore, along with his parents, sister and wife, Mary.

In 1883, the handsome B & O Railroad Station, a brick Queen Anne structure designed by E. Francis Baldwin, was built on the west side of Main Street along the Patapsco River.

In 1890, J. H. Fowble, architect and contracting builder, came to Sykesville. He was responsible for designing most of downtown Sykesville: the McDonald block, two brick bank buildings, the Wade H. D. Warfield building, the Arcade, and Kate McDonald’s residence on Main Street, the present Sykesville Town House.

20th Century

Sykesville was incorporated 1n 1904 with Edwin M. Mellor Sr. as the first Mayor. In 1913, the Sykesville Herald was established as the town’s first newspaper.

During this time, The Town was split into “Wet” and “Dry” Factions due to the Prohibition Movement. The depression of 1929 hit the town hard and many families’ farms had to be sold. Sykesville was among the first places in the State to repeal Prohibition in 1933. Fire destroyed the town’s main business block in 1937. The coming of World War II lifted the town out of the depression.

Today, Sykesville is enjoying a renaissance and is preserving its rich and historic past.


Sykesville Main Street’s Historic Affiliations:

We are a part of Maryland’s Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area

We are on the National Register of Historic Places


Books About Sykesville’s History

Sykesville Past & Present A Walking Tour by Linda F. Greenberg

    Available at the Visitor’s Center and at the Sykesville Gate House Museum as well as at several Main Street businesses or purchase online. Read the Press Release

Stories About Sykesville’s History

The Blighted Hopes of George and Prudence Patterson

James Sykes – Flood, Fire and the Founding of Sykesville

Wade H.D. Warfield’s Rise and Fall

Sykesville, The Town that Refused to Die

Matt Candland and the End of an Era for Sykesville

More About Sykesville

The Sykesville Giants

Sykesville’s Amazing Dorseys and the Old Colored Schoolhouse

Recession, Coincidence, and 7604 Main Street

Memories of Sykesville in the 1960s

Walking With Sykesville History

A Very Short History of Sykesville’s Town House

The People of Sykesville

John Bennett – A Confederate Soldier From Sykesville

Wiley Purkey

A Likely Story Bookstore & Debbie Scheller

Who Was Betsy Patterson?

Sykesville’s News of the Past

The Herald Project – An Archive of Sykesville’s Newspaper

As Goes the Herald, So Goes Sykesville

Hats Off to Springfield’s Class of 1914

Restoring Main Street

Relics of Ancient Sykesville

“Anne of Green Gables” like event takes over Sykesville 100 years ago

Moving House, Literally

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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