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

Feb
15
Sat
2020
Third Annual Cocoa Crawl @ Main Street Sykesville
Feb 15 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join us Saturday, February 15th from 11 AM – 4 PM for the 3rd Annual Sykesville Main Street Cocoa Crawl!

Presented by the fabulous merchants of Main Street.

Join us Saturday, February 15th from 11 AM – 4 PM for the 3rd Annual Sykesville Main Street Cocoa Crawl!
 
Presented by the fabulous merchants of Main Street.
Purchase a collectible Sykesville Main St cocoa mug and visit all the participating stores to sample their version of Cocoa. Walk Main street and enjoy the festive music. Take advantage of store sales and community cheer.
All proceeds go toward merchant hosted events such as all our First Friday and cider stroll giveaways.
 
This year the Main Street merchants designed a large commemorative traveling mug with a lid that will be on sale for $10/mug or 5 mugs for $40.00.
 
Cocoa Crawl commemorative Sykesville mugs will be available for purchase (while supplies last) at the Patapsco Distilling Company, 7609 Main Street, Sykesville on the day of the event.

*Non-refundable, the 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 Square transaction system.

 

Mar
6
Fri
2020
Harry Potter Trivia Night by the Main Street Merchants @ Sykesville Main Street
Mar 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Harry Potter Trivia Night by the Main Street Merchants @ Sykesville Main Street

Come dressed in your Best Harry Potter get up and get ready for fun!
No Muggles, please!

2020 Harry Potter First Friday Special/location list:
 
– French Twist – Welcome Tent: Platform 9 ¾: photo Op with fog machine and props.
Learn about the rules, and pick up your scavenger hunt and trivia booklet,
BOOKLETS NEED TO BE RETURN THERE BY 9PM.
Special will be: Hagrid’s mulled wine (Adults only)
 
– Baldwin Station: Hogsmeade Station
Special Cocktails – Wizards Brew and House-made Butter Beer, $5 each
 
– The Vine on Main: The Apothecary
Special – Serving Felix Felicis – Good Luck Potion. Adult and kid-friendly versions.
Special Harry Potter jewelry for sale.
 
– Patapsco Distilling Co: The Hog’s Head
Specialty Cocktails – Bourbon Butterbeer, Polyjuice Potion, Goblet of Fire, Unicorn Blood & The Phoenix Feather – $6.50 each
– Sykesville Pottery & Art Center: Magical Menagerie
Make and Take Dragon Egg. It will cost $8 per person.
We will also have a kids night for mythical creatures: $45 includes pizza and drink.
 
– Hair by Samsara: Hairy Potter’s Wizarding World
 
– Firehouse Creamery: Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlor
– Wind River: Madame Malkin’s Robes For All Occasions
 
– Gypsy Sister: Twilfitt and Tattings
 
– TriSport Junction: Quality Quidditch Supplies
 
– Dandelion Bakery: Sugar Plum Sweet Shop
 
– Design of Mind: Eeylops Owl Emporium
Make and Take Owl Craft
 
– Sweet Simplici-Tea: Madame Puddifoot’s Tea Shop
 
– Revive & Company: Olivander’s Wand Shop
– Beck’s: The Three Broomsticks
Specials includeKreacher’s French Onion Soup
Butterbeer Cupcake
Gryffindor Olde Fashioned
Slytherin Martini
Firewhisky Cocktail
 
– Cowboys and Angels: Gringot’s Wizarding Bank
 
– Norwood’s Ice Cream and Candy: Honeydukes Sweet Shop
 
– Unwined: Borgin and Burkes
 
– The Market Tavern: The Leaky Cauldron
 
– A Likely Story: Florish and Blotts
 
– Georgie Lu’s: Master Georges Robes and Children’s Wear
 
– Branches of Yoga: The Forbidden Forest
HP women’s tank top for sale
Have You Seen This Wizard? Photo booth
Learn new yoga poses, “Expecto Patronum” and “Aragog, King of Arachnids”
 
– Pin It Up Acupuncture: Snape’s Potions Class
 
– Dandelion Bakery: Sugar Plum Sweet Shop
May
30
Sat
2020
10th Annual Art & Wine Festival @ Sykesville main street
May 30 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

We came together by staying apart.

Sykesville Art & Wine Festival, on Saturday May 30, 12 to 5pm

The Downtown Sykesville Connection (DSC) decided to add to the 8 weeks confinement period implemented by the CDC to reschedule its events as a celebration of the end of confinement and commemoration of the importance of togetherness. We hope that you join us in reclaiming our Main Street, our freedom to come and go, for a giant “cheers to community” with domestic and foreign reds, whites, rosés, sangrias, wines, cavas and other specialty wines that will be available for unlimited sampling with your collectible Sykesville glass.

Pre-sale tickets are available for purchase now for $35!

Tickets will be available at the door on the event day for $40.

Volunteer for the event

The 2020 wine sampling is as exciting and diverse as our live entertainment, local artists, and food trucks display! Three different music venues, street performers and tons of local artists will await you in downtown Sykesville.  The event also showcases the local business community, embodying an atmosphere of old-fashioned, historic, small-town charm.

Vendor registration info is available at:

Maryland Wines (to date):
Linganore Winecellars
Cove Point Winery

 

California, Washington State WinesInternational Wines
Details coming soon!

Music South Main Street:

Garrett Mabe’s Trio

Music North Main Street:

DJ Gregory Hilliard

This event was made possible thanks to our:
TITLE SPONSOR

 

OUR PRESENTING SPONSORS

 

OUR SUPPORTING SPONSORS

The Downtown Sykesville Connection and the Town of Sykesville look forward to seeing you on Main Street on May 3rd!

 

Non-refundable, event is rain or shine.

NO PETS ALLOWED (Town Ordinance 301, which modified the Town Code. The Town Code reference for the “no pets or animals allowed at Town events is: Chapter 51, Article 1, Sections 51-1 through 51-)

*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.

*By attending the 2020 Sykesville Art & Wine Festival I understand that I may be photographed or videotaped for promotional or educational purposes.

Jul
4
Sat
2020
2020 Let Freedom Ring Parade @ Sykesville Main Street
Jul 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

The third edition of the “Let Freedom Ring Parade will start at 10:00 am on Saturday, July 4 at Sykesville Middle School and route the length of Historic Main Street. Marching bands, old cars, floats, and other patriotic elements are expected on Main Street for the enjoyment of the whole family.
We hope to see you there to cheer for the participants and enjoy a small town 4th of July celebration together.

Submit your float application to enter our float contest! The winner will take home a $500 cash prize!

Email us at DowntownSykesvilleConnection@gmail.com for more details!

 

This event was made possible thanks to the generous contribution of our title sponsors:

 

 

 

 

 

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