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Howard County , Maryland :
More than a stop between Baltimore and Washington D.C.
By Lindsey Colross
For BaltimoreStories.com

Although Howard County, Md. seems to be booming with big business, real estate and a growing population, there is much more to experience than the obvious retail chains that can be found in any suburb.

Located along the I-95 corridor, Howard County is thriving, full of entertainment, dining, shopping and history for people of all ages. People from all over the United States pass through Howard County, traveling from state to state on vacations, or from city to city on their way to work each day.

The county was first settled on in the early 1600s when Lord Baltimore gave Adam Shippley, a colonial Puritan, a home on the Patapsco River . For the next few centuries, Howard County 's land was used for tobacco farming.

Today, Howard County's land is no longer used for tobacco farming, but business is still booming. The county is much more than a stop between Baltimore and Washington D.C. , with many unique spots that most locals are unaware of.

More than a bakery, The Breadery in Ellicott City makes whole grain breads from scratch every day. The grains used in the breads made at The Breadery contain whole grains that are milled on the stone mill at the bakery, with no chemical additives or preservatives.

Savage Mill is one of the more popular historic sites in Howard County with over 60 boutiques, antique shops, a bakery, a café and the Ram's Head Tavern Restaurant. The Great Room and Manor House are also on site for any special event.

Oh My Word Calligraphy turns your favorite poems, quotes, certificates, invitations and more into beautiful hand-lettered calligraphy. For gift giving, Oh My Word Calligraphy offers custom work, as well as a large selection from calligraphers all over the country at its gallery in Historic Ellicott City.

The Glass Key, Inc. turns customers into artists, allowing them to design and create their own stained glass project in classes offered at the shop. The Glass Key also specializes in custom windows, cabinet inserts, repair work, mosaics and stained glass supplies.

It is true: Howard County is more than The Mall in Columbia, planned communities and silly street names. There is a small town deep inside the growth and urbanization that makes the county special.

The purpose of this Web site is to showcase the nooks and crannies of Howard County that make it special. These are the places that most people would not think to look for, the places that make Howard County unique.

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