Across America, the center of every small town has been its Main Street, and Sykesville Maryland is no exception! Sykesville is conveniently located right off of Route 32 at the Howard & Carroll County MD borders, making it an easy commute to Frederick, Baltimore and Washington DC.
Sykesville is full of both local and international history.
The land on which Sykesville sits started out as part of a 3,000-acre 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 states. Upon the death of William in 1824, his son George Patterson inherited the estate.
In 1825, George Patterson sold 1,000 acres of Springfield Estate to his friend and business associate, James Sykes. The town of Sykesville was incorporated in 1904.
Today, Main Street Sykesville is a charming town that is lined with beautiful storefronts, coffee shops, friendly pubs, restaurants and unique businesses that are booming. Sykesville is committed to preserving its historic past while paving the way for the future.
Sykesville Main Street hosts multiple events throughout the year. Some of the annual events are the Wine and Art Festival, the Beer and Chili Festival, and the Ice Fest.