Although Sykesville was incorporated in 1904, its known history goes back a good deal further. William Patterson of Baltimore had a summer home called Springfield at what is now Springfield Hospital Center. His daughter Betsy had a famous but ill-fated marriage to Napolean Bonaparte’s young brother Jerome, and bore his son. Another famous resident was Frank Brown, the 42nd governor of Maryland, who eventually took on the Springfield estate and sold it to the state of Maryland. Years later, Maryland sold the Warfield portion to the Town of Sykesville. The town’s appeal is currently growing by leaps and bounds. Although it’s mainly a commuter community, there is a vital growing downtown district and quite a few beautiful parks in the area.