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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Fun Fact: Which County Was Home to the First Agricultural Research College in America?

Photo via University of Maryland website. In the late 1850s, Charles Benedict Calvert, descendant of the Lords Baltimore, founded the first agricultural research college in Prince George’s County. Charles Calvert was raised in Riverdale Park on the property known as the Riversdale Plantation. His interest in science and belief in agricultural education led him to study agricultural pursuits and stock breeding at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He received a certificate of completion in…

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Fun Fact: Which County Hosts a Spooky Singing Ghost?

Photo via Fine Art America Tallulah Bankhead, infamous star of stage and screen, was described as “larger than life” – so it's no surprise that the star is still making headlines from beyond the grave in Kent County. You can visit her final resting place at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church just outside of Chestertown, Maryland. She was buried there at the insistence of her sister, Eugenia, who had lived near the 300-year-old church since 1954.…

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Fun Fact: Which County is Currently Flying the Largest Maryland Flag?

Photo via Frederick County MD Facebook page You can’t miss the 85 foot tall by 65 foot wide Maryland State flag (hot air balloon) on the grounds of Linganore Wine Cellars in Frederick County – now through October 31st! Piloted by Patrick Smith, the display fulfills his lifelong dream of owning a balloon depicting the state’s flag that began at a festival he attended with his parents at 4 years old. “Every time I saw…

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Fun Fact: What Famous Actor Is Buried in an Unmarked Grave in Carroll County?

CBS Television / Public domain Which actor of 1960's television fame once called Carroll County, Maryland home? Fred Gwynne, star of The Munsters.  Fred Gwynne, an American actor who may be best known for playing Herman Munster in the long-ago aired CBS comedy The Munsters, spent his final days at his residence in Taneytown, Maryland. He and his wife Deborah had lived there less than a year when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and…

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Fun Fact: Which Maryland County Holds America’s Oldest Privately Owned Ferry Route?

In November of 1683, Talbot County established a ferry service for “horses and men” that continues to be the oldest privately owned, continuously operated ferry in America. For 25,000 lbs. of tobacco a year, Richard Royston was charged with operating the Oxford-Bellevue Ferry – which crosses the Tred Avon River – linking the towns of Bellevue and Oxford, Maryland. Operation of the ferry has evolved throughout the decades. In its early years, the ferry was…

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Fun Fact: Which Maryland Town Is Known as the “US Capital for a Day”?
Courtesy of MD State Archives: "Madison House," the Thomas-Bentley House was constructed in approximately 1798
Fun Fact: Which Maryland Town Is Known as the “US Capital for a Day”?

Established in 1794, Brookeville, located in Montgomery County, became the Capital of the United States for a day during the War of 1812. In August of 1814, President James Madison rode into the small town of Brookeville after British troops forced him, and other Washington refugees, out of the nation's capital. The President and his party sought refuge at the house of the town's founder, Richard Thomas. As noted in the Maryland State Archives, Town…

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