Fun Fact: Relive a Washington Expedition in This County

President George Washington has history in just about every county in Maryland, but did you know you can walk in his footsteps in Allegany County? It’s true! On the George Washington Trail 1753, retrace the steps of Washington’s first military and diplomatic venture to Pittsburgh, PA, through Allegany County. The mission? To deliver a diplomatic message to the French from the Virginia Governor ordering them to evacuate what is present day western Pennsylvania and eastern…

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Fun Fact: The Maryland State House is 250!

This week, Governor Hogan issued a proclamation officially recognizing March 28, 2022, as the 250th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of the Maryland State House. The State House is the oldest state capitol still in continuous legislative use and is the only state house ever to have served as the nation’s capital. The Continental Congress met in the Old Senate Chamber from November 26, 1783, to August 13, 1784. During that time, George…

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Fun Fact: Maryland Day Is March 25!

The first settlers in the state of Maryland landed at St. Clement’s Island on March 25, 1634. The anniversary of the landing is marked by Maryland Day, which takes place each year on or near the date of the colonists’ arrival. To celebrate Maryland Day 2022, several museums and landmark sites around the state will offer free admission during the weekend of March 25-27. In St. Mary’s County, take a water taxi ride and visit…

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Fun Fact: The Luck of the Irish in Texas, Maryland  

The village of Texas, once located in Baltimore County, was settled in the mid-19th century by Irish and other immigrants who worked in the local limestone and marble quarries. In 1847, thousands of Irish immigrants arrived in Baltimore City looking to escape the Great Hunger, also known as the Potato Famine. At the same time, the completion of the Baltimore and Susquehanna railroad provided a more efficient means of transporting high quality limestone and marble…

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Fun Fact: The Ritchie Boys – Masters of Military Intelligence

The Ritchie Boys were a secret American intelligence unit who fought in World War II. They took their name from the place they trained. Camp Ritchie is in Washington County, MD. Most of the Ritchie Boys were German-born Jews who had fled their homeland at the start of the war (many leaving their entire family behind). After arriving in America, they joined the U.S. Army. Many of these German-speaking immigrants were used primarily for interrogation…

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Fun Fact: A Tuskegee Airman Lived in this County

Brig. Gen. Charles E. McGee served as a fighter pilot and member of the 332nd Fighter Squadron, famously known as the “Tuskegee Airmen,” an all-Black unit in World War II. He was a Montgomery County resident for many years. Brig. Gen. McGee flew combat aircraft in three major wars beginning with his service during World War II. He completed 136 missions with the all-Black unit known as the Tuskegee Airman followed by combat missions in…

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Fun Fact: A 200th Birthday Celebration

This week, Governor Hogan announced a series of free, family-friendly programs in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Harriet Tubman and the 5th anniversary of the opening of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center. Harriet Tubman was born into slavery in Dorchester County. Known as the Moses of her people, she was a conductor on the Underground Railroad and led nearly 70 slaves to freedom, making 13 separate…

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Fun Fact: What County Housed the Elopement Capital of the East?

Elkton, in Cecil County, once was the most popular destination for weddings with passenger train cars called the "honeymoon express" frequenting the town. Right before the start of World War I, marriage laws in the Northeast became more restrictive with longer waiting periods for marriages to be performed. Maryland, unlike other surrounding states, did not adopt the restrictive laws until much later. During this time, couples came in droves to be married in Elkton as…

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Fun Fact: The Battle of the Ice Mound

On February 7, 1815, what would be known as the last battle on the Chesapeake Bay of the War of 1812 took place off the shores of Dorchester County - The Battle of the Ice Mound. Courtesy of I Love Dorchester The British schooner, "Dauntless," was offshore near James Island (now Taylor's Island) having sent her crew to raid livestock on nearby farms. Overnight, ice from the Chesapeake Bay pushed the Dauntless into the Little…

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Fun Fact: The First Communities of Free Blacks in the State Are in These Counties

The San Domingo Community in Wicomico County and The Hill Community in Talbot County are believed to be the first and oldest settlements of free Black people in the state. In the late 1700s and early 1800s, the slave trade was still strong, and most free Blacks still lived on property owned by others. Nearly a half-century before the Civil War, the founders of San Domingo owned and tended land; built businesses, churches, and schools;…

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