Fun Fact: Which County has the Newest Barn Quilt Trail in Maryland? (And What’s a Barn Quilt Trail??)

While there are thousands of barn quilt trails all over the country, and two in Maryland, the Calvert County Barn Quilt Trail is the newest and the first in Southern Maryland. Courtesy: Calvert Barn Quilt Trail A barn quilt is a replica of a colorful square on a quilt, painted on wood and mounted on a barn or building. Every square tells two stories. First, the design and pattern of each square has a special…

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Fun Fact: Which Maryland County Has the Most Covered Bridges?

Pennsylvania beats Maryland in the category of most covered bridges by state, but Maryland and Frederick County have several bridges to boast about. Courtesy of Maryland Covered Bridges Only six remain in Maryland that are in continuous use. Coming in first place is Frederick County with a total of three, followed closely by Cecil County with two, and Harford/Baltimore Counties share third with one covered bridge. Discover all of Maryland’s covered bridges on a driving…

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Fun Fact: QUIZ…Can You Label All 24 Maryland Counties on a Map?

Maryland's counties formed over the course of three centuries. St. Mary's County was the first, being formed in 1637, while Garrett County was the last in 1872. Baltimore City, although a municipality, has been considered among the number of county jurisdictions since the adoption of the Maryland Constitution of 1851. Many of the counties in Maryland were named for relatives of the Barons Baltimore who were the proprietors of the Maryland colony from its founding…

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Fun Fact: What Maryland Community Has a Light Display That Attracts Visitors From All Over the World?

It’s Hampden Hon! Photo Credit: Lacy Kraszewski On the 700 block of 34th Street (between Chestnut Avenue and Keswick Road) residents of the three-story row homes celebrate the Christmas holiday every year with the "Miracle on 34th Street." Homeowners on both sides of the street decorate their houses with thousands of lights and Christmas decorations, attracting visitors from all over the world. From the Hampden MD Miracle on 34th Street website: “I could live on…

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Fun Fact: In Which Maryland County Can You Have Your Cake and Eat It Too?

Originally settled in the 1600s, Smith Island in Somerset County is the only populated off-shore island in the United States. Given its isolation, an island culture and tradition developed and has been preserved, including their recipe for multi-layered cakes. In 2008, the State of Maryland passed legislation declaring Smith Island Cake the official state dessert. Delegate Page Elmore, a former member of the Maryland House, said he had become the lead sponsor of the bill…

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Fun Fact: Which Maryland Counties Were Once Connected by a Ferry?

The Claiborne Annapolis Ferry Company was a passenger and automobile transit service that operated on the Chesapeake Bay between 1919 and 1952. Courtesy: Secrets of the Eastern Shore In its heyday, the town of Claiborne (Talbot County) on the eastern shore of Maryland, served as a landing for tourists looking to get a break from big cities like Annapolis (Anne Arundel County), on the western shore. Passengers who arrived in Claiborne on foot were able…

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Fun Fact: Which Maryland County is One of the Few Places in the U.S. Where You Can View Wild Horses?

There are few places in the United States where you can view wild horses in their natural habitat. If you visit Assateague Island in Worcester County, you will encounter the feral descendants of once tame horses. The horses are split into two main herds, one on the Virginia side and one on the Maryland side of Assateague. They are separated by a fence at the Virginia/Maryland State line. There are a couple of theories as…

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Fun Fact: You Can’t Beat These Biscuits… or Can You?

Maryland beaten biscuits originated on the Eastern Shore and Southern Maryland and date as far back as the 16th century. The exact origin and specific knowledge of the person or group that started making the Maryland beaten biscuit is not known. The recipe has been passed down by local families. One such family, the Orrell’s of Wye Mills, started making these biscuits in their kitchen in 1935. In the 1990s they were the last known…

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Fun Fact: One of the World’s Oldest Railroad Bridges Is in Maryland – Where Is It?

Located over the Gwynns Falls stream near Carroll Park in southwest Baltimore, the Carrollton Viaduct is the first stone masonry arch bridge built for railroad use in the United States for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and is currently one of the oldest railroad bridges still in use in the world. Photo courtesy of Maryland Historical Trust The bridge was named in honor of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, the last living signer of the Declaration…

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Fun Fact: What Maryland City is Known as the Decoy Capital of the World?

Located on the banks of the historic Susquehanna Flats, Havre de Grace in Harford County houses one of the finest collections of working and decorative Chesapeake Bay decoys ever assembled. Decoys, or artificial birds, have been used for centuries by hunters of wildfowl. The hunter places a number of these faux birds about the hunting area that will encourage them to land nearby. Originally carved from wood, they are now typically made from plastic. Some…

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