Fun Fact: Which County is Home to a Community Built by Former Slaves Who Fought in the Civil War?

After the Civil War ended in 1865, eighteen black soldiers returned to Talbot County and settled a few miles outside of the town of Easton. The formation of The Village of Unionville is credited to Ezekiel Cowgill and his son James, Quakers who owned nearby Lombardy Plantation. The Cowgills offered each veteran a plot of land for the rate of one dollar a year for thirty years. Photo Credit: MD Historical Trust Prior to 1870,…

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Fun Fact: Love is in the Air! Which MD County is Home to a NYT Bestselling Romance Novelist?

Eleanor Marie Robertson, or Nora Roberts, has called Boonsboro in Washington County home for 30 years. Born in Silver Spring, she was the youngest of five children in a family of avid readers. She was inspired to write during a terrible snowstorm in the late 1970s. As a stay-at-home mother of two boys, and the only girl in a family of boys, she has spent most of her life surrounded by men. Courtesy: Nora Roberts…

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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: 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: 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 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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