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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Worcester Funding Riverboat Purchase to Boost South County Tourism

Earlier this week the Worcester County Commissioners approved a loan to Pocomoke and Snow Hill for the purchase of a riverboat. The county is utilizing $250,000 in federal CARES Act funding and a $100,000 Community Legacy Grant transfer to secure the sale of the Black Eyed Susan, a 149 passenger riverboat. The purchase is an effort to promote tourism in the southern part of the county. The northeastern part of Worcester County is a tourist…

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Maryland Historical Trust Accepting 2021 Preservation Award Applications

The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) is accepting nominations for the 2021 Maryland Preservation Awards until September 30, 2020. MHT's annual awards represent the highest level of recognition for historic preservation in the state. Four categories of awards honor local governments, individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and others that have made outstanding preservation efforts. To submit a nomination for a particular award, visit the Maryland Historical Trust's Grant Application System. From the Historical Trust: Leadership and Service Awards…

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Talbot County Unveils Frederick Douglass Park

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass was honored Tuesday as a new outdoor exhibit was unveiled in Talbot County. The Frederick Douglass Park on the Tuckahoe features three outdoor educational exhibits, not far from where the Eastern Shore native was born. From WMDT's website: “This beautiful place inspired this incredible human being to rise up from his circumstances, to go farther than he ever thought he could go,” says Cassandra Vanhooser, the Director of Economic Development and Tourism…

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State Awards $5.1 Million in Matching Heritage Grants

The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) has awarded $5.1 million in matching grants to 114 programs run by nonprofits, local governments, other organizations, to support heritage tourism projects and activities in the state’s 13 certified heritage areas. Organizations receiving awards include museums, parks, educational organizations, and other entities that steward and celebrate the unique cultural and natural resources located within Maryland’s Heritage Areas. “As Chair of the MHAA, I have seen first-hand how these grants…

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U.S. Senate Passes Great American Outdoors Act

The Great American Outdoors Act has passed the Senate by a vote of 73-25. The legislation would require full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund and address much of the backlog of deferred maintenance across several federal agencies. Deemed the "biggest federal lands bill in 50 years," the Great American Outdoors Act would for the first time fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) with $900 million annually in fossil fuel…

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Hogan Lifts Stay-At-Home Order, Emphasizes Local Flexibility

Governor Larry Hogan today held a press conference to announce the commencement of Stage One of the "Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery." “The fight against this deadly disease is far from over. But because of the incredible courage you have shown and the extraordinary sacrifices you have made, Maryland and our nation can now at least begin to slowly recover" said Hogan. He announced that Maryland "has achieved the 14-day trend of plateauing and declining…

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Land and Water Conservation Fund Fights for Federal Stimulus Money

The Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition (LWCF Coalition), is advocating for a funding appropriation in the next stimulus package for infrastructure investments at national, state, and local parks, along with other public lands. Federal leaders have previously expressed support, but momentum has since stalled due to the COVID-19 crisis. Since its creation in 1964, the LWCF has used federal money to protect national parks, areas around rivers and lakes, national forests, and national wildlife…

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