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Sykesville Maryland started out as a tract of land owned by the disinherited daughter in law of Napoleon Bonaparte. Elizabeth Bonaparte, the daughter of William Patterson, was forced to leave her husband Jerome in Europe and return to her home in Maryland. She raised her son alone. “Betsy” Bonaparte’s brother inherited said land, and sold a third of it to his business associate James Sykes.
In 1830, James Sykes rebuilt the grist mill that was found on the property and made other significant improvements such as adding a stone hotel with five floors. His intention was to serve the railroad employees in the area. Other businesses were attracted to “Horse Train Stop”, it’s original lackluster name, and set up shop there. They included a church, a couple general stores, mills and the like.
In 1868, massive flooding destroyed both the Sykesville Mill and the business called Elba Furnace, subsequently ending a long water rights dispute. The town rebuilt on the opposite side of the Patapsco River in Carroll County. In 1904, Horse Train Stop was incorporated as Sykesville and nine years later it even began its own little newspaper called the Sykesville Herald.
This riverside community is located on the north side of the Patapsco River at 39°22′16″N 76°58′21″W. It’s on the southernmost border of Maryland in Carroll County. Maryland is considered a New England state found on the eastern seaboard of the United States of America. It’s terrain boasts trees, rivers and gentle rolling hills as well as many mountain ranges.
The weather in Sykesville is typical of many of the New England states with an average recorded rainfall of approximately 42 inches a year. About two thirds of the year Sykesville gets sunny days, and the common temps at the height of the summer season are in the mid-eighties range. Sykesville also gets about the average amount of snowfall a year at 25 inches.
Whatever your reason for making Sykesville your destination, you may soon discover that shopping was the best reason of all to arrive. Sykesville boasts a wide variety of shopping, especially considering the diminutive size of this Maryland town. Check out these shops for both large and small purchases to treat yourself.
Accustomed to a thriving tourism industry, Sykesville boasts several delightful places to grab a bite to eat. From high end to tight budget, try some or all of these Sykesville restaurants when you’re feeling hungry.
Don’t let the small scale of this delightful town deter you from trying out the local nightlife. Here are a few places to let your hair down.
There are a number of top rated schools in the Sykesville area. You may decide to stay longer than a family vacation once you see these sterling seats of education!
From its unusual inception to its currently bustling touristy delightfulness, Sykesville Maryland is as unique as they come. The small town atmosphere welcomes people of all ages and persuasions and offers the quaint lifestyle of a bygone age while maintaining a spirit of adventure and ecological mindfulness. Come to Sykesville Maryland and stay a while!
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