Sykesville Tavern, 1857

This great image in the collections of the Maryland Historical Society captures an early 19th century tavern in Sykesville, Maryland. Not all collections are available for research on MHS’s website, and their photo offerings are Baltimore-centric, but it was great to find this early image of a still-small Carroll County town.

Mostly developed by the railroad after the early 1830s, this early image of Sykesville was taken during an Artists’ Excursion on the B&O in 1857. The town, located on a tract of land originally owned by the Patterson family (of Elizabeth Bonaparte fame – see their current exhibition on her).

Unidentified Sykesville Tavern. Artists’ Excursion Over the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Photograph Collection. Maryland Historical Society.

About Becky Fifield

Becky Fifield is a cultural heritage professional with 25 years experience in institutions large and small. She is currently Head of Collection Management for the Special Collections of the New York Public Library. An advocate for preventive conservation, Ms. Fifield is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation, Chair of the AIC Collection Care Network, and former Chair of Alliance for Response NYC. She is also a scholar of 18th century female unfree labor and dress. There's a bit of pun in the title The Still Room, delineating a quiet space brimming with the ingredients of memory, where consideration, analysis, and wordcraft can take place. Ms. Fifield’s interests include museum practice, dress history, historic preservation, transit, social and women’s history, food, current events, geneaology, roadtrips, and considerations on general sense of place. Becky and her husband, Dr. V, live in the Hudson Valley.