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Historic Ellicott City House c.1872

3765 Church Road, Ellicott City, Maryland 21043, United States of America
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To be featured in the September issue of COUNTRY LIVING MAGAZINE

Historic Ellicott City House c.1872
Our motivated sellers have reduced the price on this Rare Buying Opportunity in the Ellicott City Historic District! This exquisitely maintained Victorian home is a wonderful blend of historic detailing and modern/energy efficient amenities, perched one block up the hill from Ellicott City’s Historic Main Street with gorgeous views of the quaint shops, renowned restaurants, and distant hills. Located in a nationally top rated school district and consistently listed as a national “Best Place to Live!”, this beautiful historic home offers 3,800+SF, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 luxurious bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen with granite counters & stainless steel appliances, and floor to ceiling windows that bathe the spacious interior in natural sunlight. Freshly painted throughout, this extraordinary home features a wrap around front porch, 9 foot ceilings, transoms, original crown moldings, crystal chandeliers, pocket doors, French doors & original hardwood floors.
The fully refinished above grade light-filled basement can be used as a luxurious in-law suite with separate walkouts on each side of the house, 1 bedroom & full bath, two additional carpeted rooms to be used as you wish, as well as, a lovely back porch overlooking landscaped gardens and stunning views of Historic Ellicott City.  The nearly 3/4 acre yard features terraced gardens on all sides and a patio, perfect for entertaining. A detached carriage house has tongue/groove walls/ceilings and floors and can be used as a shop or a two car garage.
Frequently painted by local painters, this is a home of rare and beautiful distinction in the coveted Ellicott City Historic District, close to DC & Baltimore, yet a world away.

Property Overlooks Historic Ellicott City Main Street


Main Floor
Wraparound Front Porch (rebuilt in 2016)  42′ x 9′
Painted Wood Decking, Access to Front Entry Foyer & Living Room, Original Tongue & Grove Wood Porch Ceiling, 2 Side Lamps, Hanging Lamp with Lacquer-Finished Medallion.
Entry Foyer 17′ x 8′ (9′ Ceiling)
Refinished Original Oak Flooring, Original Wood Door with Sidelites and Fan Light Transom, Vintage Knocker/Doorbell (the doorbell is decorative, not functional), Wide Baseboard Trim, Crown Molding, Crystal Chandelier, Custom Marble Radiator Cover, Original Stairway with Hardwood Treads/Risers, Railings and Maryland Landing.
Library/Music Room 17′ x 15′ (9′ Ceiling)
Refinished Original Oak Flooring, Built-in Bookshelves, Floor to Ceiling Front Window and Two Full Size Side Windows Allowing Lots of Sun and Views of the Gardens, Wide Baseboard Molding, Ornate Crown Molding, Iron Chandelier, Wood Burning Fireplace with Brick Hearth.
Dining Room 16′ x 15′ (9′ Ceiling)
Refinished Original Oak Flooring, Double French Doors with Fan Light Transom, Crystal  Chandelier, Wide Baseboard Molding, Ornate Crown Molding, Chair Rail, Custom Wood Mantel in “Baltimore” Style with Tile Hearth, 2 Floor-to-Ceiling Windows Overlooking Gardens, 1 Faux Painted Floor-to-Ceiling Window.
Living Room 17′ x 13′ (9′ Ceiling)
Refinished Original Oak Flooring, Original Pocket Doors, Wide Baseboard Molding, Ornate Crown Molding, Circa 1920 Marie Antoinette Crystal Chandelier, Ornate Plaster Ceiling Medallion, Double French Door Entry to Side of Wrap-Around Porch, 2 Floor to Ceiling Windows & One Full Size Window.
Eat-In Country Kitchen 15′ x 12′
Maple Flooring, Painted Wood Cabinetry, Granite Counters, Stainless Steel Appliances (stove 2016, refrigerator 2019), Chair Rails, Wainscot, Corner Built-in Curio Cabinet, Recessed Lighting, Ceiling Fan/light, Walk-in Pantry, Picture Window With Views.
Laundry 10′ x 6′
Ceramic Tile Flooring, Washtub, Broom Closet, Wall Cabinets, Washer, Dryer, Two Picture Windows.
Powder Room 7′ x 4′
Marble Floor, Pedestal Sink, Full Size Window, Custom Marble Radiator Cover.
Pantry 7′ x 3′ – Vinyl Floor.

Gorgeous Views From the Kitchen Window

Second Floor
Upper Hall 9′ x 7′
Refinished Original Oak Flooring, Arched Entry, Maryland Split Stair Landing, Upper Landing With Room For Window Seat, Motion Sensitive Stained Glass Light Fixtures, 1 Window.
Master Bedroom Suite* 17′ x 11′
Original Refinished Wide-Plank Heart-Pine Flooring with Hand Hewn Blacksmith Nails, Ceiling/Fan light with Wall/Remote Switch, Wide Baseboard Trim, Crown Molding, Double Door Closet, Custom Marble Radiator Cover, Double French Doors to Sitting Room, 1 Window.
*Sitting Room 17′ x 7′
Pine Flooring, Vaulted Ceiling, Ceiling Fan, Electric Baseboard Heat, 3 Windows. (originally a “Sleeping Porch”)
Bedroom 2 17′ x 15′
Refinished Original Random-width, Hearth-Pine Flooring, Wood Burning Fireplace with Brick Hearth and Sconces, Two Corner Closets, Wide Baseboard Trim, Crown Molding, Stained Glass Light Fixture, Custom Marble Radiator Cover, 3 Windows.
Bedroom 3 16′ x 15′
Refinished Original Heart-Pine Flooring, Wide Baseboard Trim, Crown Molding, Sconces, Ceiling Fan/Light with Wall/Remote Switch, Corner Entertainment/Clothes Closet, Custom Marble Radiator Cover, 3 Windows.
Master Bathroom 9′ x 8′ – Marble Tile Floor, Custom Radiator Cover, Whirlpool Tub, 2 Windows.
Walk-in Closet/Dressing Room 10′ x 9′
Natural Wool Carpet, Bead Board Walls, Custom Hanging System, Built-In Shoe Shelves, Full Size Window.
Hall Bathroom 9′ x 8′
Marble Tile Floor, Shower, Bidet, Marble Radiator Cover, Crown Molding, 1 Window.
Hall Linen Closet

Basement – above grade walkout with full size windows and very sunny – newly remodeled in-law or au pair suite with new neutral carpet and fresh neutral paint.
Den/Office 20′ x 13′
Carpet, Wood Paneling, Walkout Door to Side Garden, 1 Window.
Store Room 17′ x 13′
Concrete Floor, Storage & Furnace.
Bedroom Suite
*Living Room 13′ x 11′ – Carpet, Walk-In Closet, Door to Porch, 1 Window Overlooking Gardens/Historic Ellicott City/Distant Hills.
*Bathroom – 8′ x 6′ – Ceramic Tile Floor, Bathtub/Shower.
*Bedroom 16′ x 15′ – Carpet, Closet, Exterior Door, 3 Windows Overlooking Gardens/Historic Ellicott City/Distant Hills.
Walk-In Closet
*Private Covered Porch 9′ x 7′ – Views of Side & Rear Terraced Gardens, and Historic Ellicott City.

Full walk-up – Wood Floor, Suitable For Storage.

Root Cellar 38′ x 9′ – Concrete Floor, Accessed From Side Yard, Under Wraparound Porch, Overhead Lighting, Suitable For Storage, Potting or Workshop.
Potting Room – Dirt Floor, Access From Backyard.

Carriage House/2 Car Garage
Detached, New Asphalt Parking Pad (2020), Original Carriage Doors, Original Bead Board Interior Walls, Built-In Work Benches, Electric Service with Overhead Lights/Sockets, Covered Storage Area Underneath, Windows.

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  • Zoned heating with Hot Water Radiators to 1st second floors, top of the line Buderus boiler, with new oil tank (2015) and indirect water heater, and programmable thermostat allowing 4 separate settings each of the 7 days.  Basement has electric baseboard heaters (replaced 2020)
  • Zoned air conditioning with central duct high velocity air conditioning to 1st/2nd floors, with programmable/remotely operable thermostat. Basement uses window a/c units.
  • Quiet Whole house fan (2010) for energy efficient cooling without need to turn the air conditioning on.
  • High grade blown in rock wool insulation inside walls throughout the house (2008 & 2015).
  • Air Sealing (2008).
  • Ceiling fans with light fixtures in bedrooms/kitchen with remote switches.
  • Insulated entry to Attic, with blown-in insulation (2008).
  • Lower level electric sub-panel. Currently not in use, but may activated.
  • Natural Gas Service is available, piped to house so can be installed if desired.
  • High speed internet including Verizon FIOS is available.
  • Roof was fully replaced with European heavy grade hand-seamed metal, flashing & snow guards (2016).
  • European heavy grade gutters and downspouts with French Drains (2016), per historic district guidelines.
  • Two chimneys were repaired in 2015 per historic district guidelines. One services two fireplaces and one the HVAC system.
  • Asphalt Parking Pad (2020).


  • Landscaped terraced gardens all around, with large back and side yards.
  • Stone/Slate Patio in backyard.
  • Mature, grand trees. Many of them flower seasonally, including magnolia, crape myrtle, holly, and others.
  • Rear Wyngate Fence.
  • Gorgeous town, river and distant hill views.


  • One block from charming stores, coffee shops, yoga studios, oldest railroad station in country, more…in historic Ellicott City.
  • Wooded trails all around, including Patapsco Park, Trolley Trail, more…
  • Nationally highly rated school districts.
  • Easy commute to Baltimore or DC.
  • Stores of all kinds easily accessible at nearby suburban shopping centers/malls.
  • Many restaurants & cultural amenities nearby.
  • Ellicott City has been frequently rated as a National “Top Place to Live”.


In 1872, land was deeded from Dr. D. B. McLaughlin and wife to Lewis J Watkins and wife Mary L. B. Watkins. Lewis J. Watkins was the second Howard County Clerk of Court, succeeding his father Dr. William W Watkins, who was himself the oldest son of Colonel Gassaway Watkins, an officer in the Revolutionary War and Eleanor (Bowie) Watkins. Dr. William W. Watkins was a delegate to Maryland legislature from Anne Arundel County and created Howard County. In 1851, he became its first state senator and clerk of the court.

Lewis J. Watkins and wife Mary L. B. Watkins took a $1000 mortgage from Rachel Sykes on 11/12/1873 (released 9/8/1876) as well as a mortgage from Mutual Aid Building Society of Ellicott City and Howard County, a body corporate, on 12/2/1872 (released 4/21/1877), with which the house was built in 1873. Today, the front (north) section of the house remains substantially the same, however, additions have been added over the years on the back section.

There is little known about this home’s occupants after the Watkins, however, in the mid-twentieth century a number of local residents report that a physician lived in the house and saw patients in his basement offices. The doctor’s prescriptions would then be filled by a pharmacist, who happen to also have an office in his home down the street.

Ellicott City was known to be a stop on the “Underground Railroad”. This house and the church (now a residence) next door were thought to be the heart of this movement in town.



Ellicott City is an extremely well preserved 19th century mill town whose sturdy architecture has remained intact and unaltered. The town thrived as a residence for workers from the textile factories (now extinct) along the Patapsco River, an important depot on the metropolitan branch of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, a stopping point along the Old National Road (which passed through the town on Main Street), and as the county seat of Howard County. The industrial and transportation associations declined in importance with the advent of the 20th century. However, the physical environment remained unchanged. The dramatic topography of the town which drops steeply to the Patapsco sets Ellicott City apart from its environment. The sloping streets and the predominance of granite make it reminiscent of an English industrial town. Ellicott City was never a grand town as was late-18th century Annapolis. The majority of its architecture consists of solidly built structures which lack the details and forms required for easy classification into architectural styles such as Federal or Greek Revival. Ellicott City’s architectural fabric derives from a broad vernacular interpretation of national styles. Ellicott City also derives significance from its association with the Ellicott family. In 1772, three Quaker brothers, Joseph, John, and Andrew Ellicott, bought 700 acres of land along the Patapsco River at the present site of Ellicott City. The Ellicott brothers possessed an unusual talent for success in any field. The Bucks County, Pennsylvania, family profited from the decline of the tobacco trade, and the increase in wheat production. They established grist mills powered by the Patapsco and arranged transshipment and export of wheat through the construction of roads and bridges, as well as a wharf in Baltimore Harbor. The Ellicotts were credited with the invention of the wagon brake and for the introduction of plaster of paris as a fertilizer. As builders, they financed schools, a Quaker meeting, stores, and a series of granite houses in Baltimore County. As industrialists, they operated an iron works and rolling mill.


Ellicott City Historic District – National Register of Historic Places
Ellicott City Historic District – Maryland Historical Trust
R-VH Zoning – Purpose & Permitted Use – Howard County
Historic District Zoning – Requirements & Restrictions – Howard County
Howard County – Howard County Government Website
Tax Credits – State of Maryland For Homeowners
PLAT – Property Survey – Website dedicated to Old Ellicott City

  • Address: 3765 Church Road
  • City: Ellicott City
  • State/county: Maryland
  • Zip/Postal Code: 21043
  • Country: United States


Updated on July 17, 2020 at 8:09 am

  • Property ID: MDHW278372
  • Price: $824,900
  • Property Size: 3803 Sq Ft
  • Land Area: 0.69 Acres
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Garage: 1
  • Garage Size: 2 Car
  • Year Built: 1872
  • Property Type: Homes
  • Property Status: For Sale
  • Historic Designation: Ellicott City Historic District

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