Fun Fact: Which County is the Home of Maryland’s First State Park?

Patapsco Valley State Park in Howard County has the distinction of being Maryland’s first state park. April 10-16, 2021 is the first Maryland State Parks Week, so we're celebrating with a fun fact on state parks! By the 1900s, Maryland’s forest reserves were in deplorable condition. Loss of wildlife habitats, erosion, forest fires, and depleting woodland were among the main contributors of the need for forest conservation. As a solution to this growing problem, the…

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Fun Fact: Can You Get a Home Run? Match the #MLB Player to Their Home Base

Did you know nearly 300 Major League Baseball players were born in Maryland counties? Every state in the U.S. has had at least one player make it to the big leagues. While some Maryland-born players had their heyday in the early 1900s, others have come on the scene as recently as 2021. While not all have played for the home team, their history in our state is far-reaching. For example, New York’s old Yankee Stadium…

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Fun Fact: In Which Maryland County Was George Washington Born?

If you thought the nation’s first President was born in Maryland, think again! President George Washington was born in Virginia, but his doppelganger, Drexel Truitt, was born in Wicomico County, Maryland. John Flanagan, the designer of the quarter we carry in our pockets today, did not want to use old photos to chisel the former President’s likeness. He wanted a live model. Enter Drexel Truitt who was born in Pittsville, Maryland, but had moved to…

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Fun Fact: In Which County Was the Oldest Colonial Site in Maryland Recently Discovered?

On Monday, archeologists announced they had discovered, at long last, the outlines of a palisaded fort erected by European settlers in 1634 in what is now St. Mary’s County. A conjectural drawing of the 1634 fort at the St. Mary's settlement in Maryland. (Jeffrey R. Parno/Historic St. Mary's City via The Washington Post ) Archeologists had been searching for the fort since the 1930s, discovering other amazing artifacts along the way. The remains of former…

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Fun Fact: Which Maryland County Was the Home of Harriet Tubman?

Harriet Tubman was the daughter of Harriet Green and Benjamin Ross, and was born into slavery in Dorchester County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore as Araminta “Minty” Ross, one of eight siblings . Her resistance to slavery and its abuses was evident early on when, at the age of 12, she intervened to keep her enslaver from beating another slave who had tried to escape. She was hit in the head with a 2-pound weight, which…

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Fun Fact: Who Was the First Female Faculty Member at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine?

Dr. Florence Rena Sabin achieved many firsts at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore City and in other medical and science associations throughout her career. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, located in Baltimore, Maryland, is the research-intensive medical school of Johns Hopkins University. Founded in 1893, the School of Medicine shares a campus with the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Children's Center, established in 1889. The JHU School of…

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Fun Fact: In Which Counties Will You Find the Highest and Lowest Points in Maryland?

At 3,360 feet above sea level, Hoye-Crest in Garrett County is the highest point in Maryland. The peak is located 12 miles south of Oakland on Backbone Mountain and was named after Capt. Charles E. Hoye, a World War I veteran whose passion for history and genealogy led to his founding of the Garrett County Historical Society. Bloody Point Bar Light The lowest point in Maryland is a depression often referred to as Bloody Point…

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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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