Sykesville is a town in Carroll County, Maryland, United States. The town lies 20 miles west of Baltimore and 40 Miles north of Washington D.C. BudgetTravel.com named Sykesville, MD ‘Coolest Small Town in America’ in June 2016. The Springfield Hospital Center mental institution is located to the east of the town. The ex-Baltimore and Ohio Railroad station was designed by E. Francis Baldwin in the Queen Anne style and built in 1883. The station was the second stop from Baltimore on the original B&O main line. The B&O ended passenger service to Sykesville in 1949. It was the prototype for a well-known model railroad kit.
The Sykesville Schoolhouse Museum, at 518 Schoolhouse Road, served as a one-room schoolhouse for black children from 1904 to 1938. The building is currently being restored. The Gate House Museum of History, at 7283 Cooper Drive, served as residence for many employees at Maryland’s second hospital for the insane. The hospital opened in 1896 and the gatehouse opened in 1904. Downtown Sykesville comprises the Sykesville Historic District. At two separate points in time, Union and Confederate Armies marched through the town center.