Sykesville is a town in Carroll County, MD. I lived there as a child and it has a rich history.

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The land on which Sykesville sits started out as part of the 3,000-acre (12 km2) Springfield Estate, owned by wealthy Baltimore shipbuilder William Patterson. In 1803, Patterson’s daughter Elizabeth Patterson married Napoléon Bonaparte‘s brother Jérôme, but when she arrived in Europe as Jérôme’s bride, Napoléon refused to let Betsy Patterson Bonaparte set foot on land. Napoleon refused the marriage of the two, and would not let Elizabeth set foot on France’s soil. He was determined that Jerome marry into royalty, and sent Betsy back home. Denied by Napoleon, she was never able to see her husband again, leaving her to raise their son alone in the United States. Upon the death of William in 1824, his son George Patterson inherited the estate.                                                       

In 1825, George Patterson sold 1,000 acres (4.0 km2; 1.6 sq mi) of Springfield Estate to his friend and business associate, James Sykes.  A tract of land on the Howard County side of the Patapsco River contained an old saw and grist mill. In 1830 Sykes replaced it with a newer mill and constructed a five-story stone hotel, to take care of railroad personnel and the tourist trade. In 1831 the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) extended its main line to “Horse Train Stop”, since Sykesville had yet to be named. Other businesses moved into the area, including two general stores, new mills, churches and a post office.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In 1832 the town managed to gain control of a barn across the Patapsco River, the dividing line between Carroll and Howard County, but the citizens were forced to return the barn under threat of federal troops.  Much of the town was destroyed by a flood in 1868. The town was rebuilt on the Carroll County side of the river. The town was incorporated in 1904. A weekly newspaper, the Sykesville Herald, was founded in 1913 and published regularly until the 1980s.


“She was snatched back from a dream of far countries, and found herself on Main Street.”
Sinclair Lewis, Main Street

14JUL13. Sykesville, MD.


  1. Some really neat pictures here! I just happened on your blog, and I have to say you travel a whole lot. How are you able to do it? And are you Japanese? (based on the title of your blog)

    1. Hey, I’m so glad you found me and that we are now following each other! I am a teacher trainer – I train people to teach English as a Second Language around the world so I travel constantly to do one-month courses. Actually, leaving for Beirut tomorrow! Tokidoki is one of my favorite all-time Japanese words – I lived there for a total of 3 1/2 years and I consider it to be my second language, yet I’m hardly fluent. 🙂

      1. Sounds like a ton of fun! I wish I could do that one day…Living in Japan would be awesome. I took 3 years of Japanese in college, so I am pretty good, but not quite the level of fluent. Have fun in Beirut! 😉

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