Harford County is Accepting Applications for Tourism-Related Nonprofit Funding

Harford County is accepting applications from local nonprofits for funding to promote tourism and related activities in fiscal year 2022. The application deadline is March 19, 2021. In its seventh year, Harford’s competitive funding program was established by County Executive Barry Glassman to reinvest revenue from the hotel/lodging fee in cultural, historical, museum, eco-tourism, and sports-tourism activities.  These attractions benefit local residents and draw visitors from outside the county, generating economic benefits through admissions, dining…

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Fun Fact: What (or Who) Do Lexington Market and Washington College Have in Common?

Lexington Market in Baltimore City and Washington College in Kent County have both been “cooler than you since 1782." Photo Credit: Baltimore Heritage In 1782, John Eager Howard (of Revolutionary War fame) donated a portion of his family pasture land to be used as a market. That same year, Gen. George Washington lent his name and donated 50 guineas to founding Washington College (he also served on the first Board of Visitors and Governors). At…

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Fun Fact: Lonaconing Is Lucky, But This County’s Residents Are Feeling Fortunate…Jackpot or Not

Last week, a locally owned convenience store in Allegany County sold the winning ticket for the largest Powerball jackpot in Maryland’s history. Coney Market, in the town of Lonaconing (pronounced LOH-nah-koh-ning) sold the ticket that pays out a total of $731.1 million. While the winner may never be publicly known, (Maryland is one of a handful of states where winners can remain anonymous). The residents of Mountain Maryland feel they have hit the jackpot every…

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Kent Announces Departments of Tourism and Economic Development Merger
Director Jamie Williams (l) and Tourism Manager Jana Carter (r)
Kent Announces Departments of Tourism and Economic Development Merger

Kent County today announced the newly created Department of Economic and Tourism Development, replacing the previous two separate Departments of Tourism and Economic Development. The new office has been established to provide a comprehensive new support strategy to the Kent County business community and will be the one-stop shop for everything the public need to "start a business, grow a business, build a brand, network, and continue attracting visitors, residents, workers, and new businesses to…

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Fun Fact: Only Three Counties in Maryland No Longer Use Railroads. Do You Know Which Ones?

While steamboats have vanished, rail service lives on in all Maryland counties except Calvert, St. Mary’s, and Talbot. Maryland played an integral part in the creation of the railroad industry—the Baltimore & Ohio, the first intercity railroad in the Western Hemisphere, began in Baltimore in 1827. Before interstate highways, Bay Bridges and Tunnels, and motor vehicle transportation as we know it today, railroads were the way to travel between Maryland cities and towns. Baltimore City…

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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: 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 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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