COVID-19 Update: We will be having events at 50% capacity starting July 16th (we are closed through the 15th). We recommend that guests follow CDC guidelines. Our staff will wear masks for the entirety of the event.
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Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park is a historic wedding venue located in Ellicott City, Maryland. This building is a combination of the elegance of Greek revival architecture and a breezy, lightness of an outdoor event. This allows couples to have free-range when it comes to decorating the space.
Facilities and Capacity
Even now, in its current state of a ruin, Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park holds true to commanding presence of a Greek temple on the hill and offers a beautifully unique and scenic setting for weddings. Get married atop the stairs between the buildings commanding pillars where what once was the structure's entrance. With stone wall details and crisp white walls, couples are given a blank canvas in which to design their dream wedding. The event spaces offered feature brick flooring and a raised wood deck where guests can view the ceremony or first dance from above. Add some additional romantic ambience with string lighting across the ruins. In the event of inclement weather, there are tents available to cover you and your guests from inside the structure, with a style that keeps the integrity of the space intact. The grounds provide additional space for photo opportunities, with lush green grass and mature trees.
Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park offers a unique atmosphere for couples who desire to add their own personal touch to their wedding decorations. This venue allows couples to contract outside vendors to take part in their wedding day. In addition to wedding ceremonies and receptions, the venue is available to host rehearsal dinners, elopements, engagement parties, and wedding showers. Wedding event services offered include the following:
Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park is an outdoor, stabilized ruin of a former Victorian-era all-girls school. Prior to becoming a wedding venue, this building served as a summer resort hotel for wealthy Baltimore residents, a private estate, and Maryland’s first summer stock theatre. From the 1950s to the 1960s this building sat vacant, which led it to deteriorate into what remains today, a stabilized ruin. Architect Robert Cary Long, Jr. designed the school.
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19 Reviews for Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park
Recommended by 94% of couples
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Sarah Riley · Married on 10/10/2020
Magical, romantic, unique venue with amazing staff!!
Ok y'all....I fell in love with PFI as soon as I saw it on instagram. We toured the space and we were like, WOW. How is this here?! It is a hidden gem. Gillian was our point person through Howard County and she was SO great!! Always responsive and helpful, and just a really nice person. ALL of our guests commented on what a beautiful space it was! It felt like a fairy tale wedding. If you want a unique outdoor venue, definitely tour this place!!Sent on 10/17/2020
Ellen Durkos · Married on 10/19/2019
Excellent wedding venue
The venue itself is absolutely beautiful. Staff was responsive, accommodating and flexible. Great experience!Sent on 11/07/2019
Cayla · Married on 10/06/2018
Wonderful Location for my Ceremony
We worked with two people leading up to our wedding. Both were quick to answer all emails and questions. Our wedding ceremony was absolutely beautiful. We held it outside in the grassy area. I would definitely recommend couples to check out the Patapsco Female Institute!Sent on 01/29/2019
Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park Price Rates
For only $500, you will have exclusive use of car house and men's waiting rooms, with chairs and tables. Renters must have a certified bartender(s). After parties cannot be scheduled before 9:00 pm. The maxmimum capacity for this event is 50 people. Last call has to be 30 minutes before the end of the permitted event. B&O staff will be present to address site issues.
For only $300, you will have exclusive use of car house and men's waiting rooms, with chairs and tables. Guests will have access to full musuem. Renters must bring their own food and beverages. B&O staff will be present to adress site issues.
Included with using our site for your wedding, a free wedding rehearsal! Rehearsals are limited to one hour and should only involve the essential members of the wedding party, officiant, and musicians if needed.