Sykesville has had a long and interesting history, we wrote about it in our History of Sykesville article. And while you can learn a lot from reading history, nothing can compare to learning history from a true historian.

Porch Talk With Johnny Johnsson

Johnny Johnsson, a local mining historian, will be giving a porch talk on July 21, 2019. The talk will be regarding the Elba Furnace, which was built along the Patapsco River near Sykesville in the late 1840s by James Tyson. It was used to smelt iron ores to make cast iron for the B&O Railroad until 1868 when it was destroyed by the great Sykesville flood.

We are busy planning our events for this summer! The Porch Talks will include talks by Johnny Johnson on James Tyson and…

Posted by Gate House Museum of History on Sunday, March 31, 2019


The talk will begin at 2pm and it’s recommended that you arrive early for refreshments and to grab a chair. This is a free event and will be held rain or shine.

The Gate House Museum is located at 7283 Cooper Drive, Sykesville, MD 21784. For more information contact 410-549-5150.