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Clark's Elioak Farm, Ellicott City

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Clark's Elioak Farm, located along Maryland Route 108 in Howard County, Maryland, is a historic farm covering 540 acres. All of the acreage is part of county or state farmland protection programs, barring use of the property for non-farm development. The Clarks, a family with a tradition of farming in Maryland spanning seven generations, have owned the Elioak farm since 1927.The name, Elioak, refers to a type of silty clay loam common to the slopes and summits of hills in the northern portion of the Piedmont Plateau. Elioak soil is deep, well-drained, and moderately permeable, making it suitable for apple orchards. Elioak was also listed as a former turn of the century Howard County postal village.In recent years, the Elioak Farm has become a petting zoo and the venue for restoration of the former Enchanted Forest.Farming traditionThe Clark family's farming tradition in Maryland began with the lease by James, John and David Clark of two lots from Charles Carroll on November 1, 1797. In 1850, the family began purchasing its own acreage in the western portion of Howard County, starting with Wheatfield Farm. James A. Clark, Sr. was born at Fairfield Farm, where he married Alda Clark from White Hall, moving to Keewaydin Farm on Columbia Road. They purchased Elioak Farm in 1927. The 312 acre farm was half-wooded, the main house burned down in 1900 leaving a two story tenant house and a stone slave quarters. James Clark Sr. raised Angus cattle, with yearly cattle drives down Route 29 to Wheatfield farm.
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  • Visited there during Halloween time. Lots of fun for all. No food to purchase other than snacks, cookies, ice cream. 
  • Do not expect a public zoo or Disneyland type experience, but a nice different type of trip to spend time with younger children. We went with our 2 year old and 8 year grandchildren and had a nice aft...  more »
  • We visited this place mostly for its store: we hoped to buy meats from local farms. Unfortunately, the assortment was very limited and too expensive. Several items appeared to be for "tourists"... We ...  more »
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  • Love the nursery rhyme theme carried through out the park. Really fun for little ones and has an adorable petting zoo with cute goats that you can actually go in and play with (my toddler loved). Great slides and scenery. If you go during the Fall they have quite a turn out on the weekend so get ready for a day trip.
  • I took my son here for the fall festival and he had a blast. It is pay to play after the admissions fee, but everything is $2.00 so it's not overly expensive like other places out there. They don't even try to gouge you on food and snacks inside and everything was fairly priced. I will be taking my son back and I strongly recommend this place to everyone that has kids.
  • Visited with two of the kids I watch. I'd read online the petting zoo closed up at 5, and we arrived at 4:30. Most of the animals were put away, and we were informed they stop selling entrance tickets at 4pm. BUT we did not leave disappointed. They were nice enough to check and see if any of the animals were still out, and the baby goats were still out. Perfect for us, little Abby really wanted to see goats. We were allowed in and were able to stay a little passed 5 so we could go through the enchanted Forest. We were even able to see one Pony before it was put away. We had a wonderful time. We are planning a second trip, just a bit earlier this time!
  • SUPER FUN! Took the grandkids here and they LOVED feeding the goats and enjoying all of the animals. Lots to wander around and see. The pumpkin patch was full of small, kid-size pumpkins and they kids had fun choosing. It never seems crowded because of its size, but parking is trickier on busy days so come early.
  • I've gone multiple times for birthday parties and most recently for the pumpkin patch. Aside from the nostalgia invoking enchanted forest pieces, it's a great place for kids. There's playgrounds and slides, a petting zoo and pony rides, and the price for admission $6 is totally worth it, my 4 year old will spend all day there if I let her.