Fun Fact: Did You Know There Is an Antiques Capital of Maryland?

Maryland has plenty to offer when it comes to antiquing, but the town of New Market in Frederick County has been dubbed the “Antiques Capital of Maryland”. The town was founded in 1793, developing around the major trade routes between Frederick and Baltimore. In the early 1800s, the Baltimore Turnpike became part of the National Turnpike, one of the most traveled highways in America. Travelers saw New Market as an ideal rest stop, and people…

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Fun Fact: What County Had the Most Popular Beach Before Everyone Went to Ocean City?

Before Ocean City, Betterton Beach in Kent County was a popular tourist destination that attracted thousands of visitors a year. Betterton Beach is located at the mouth of the Sassafras River on the north end of the Chesapeake Bay. Its proximity to the flowing freshwater Susquehanna River and the gently slopping sandy beach made for an ideal swimming spot. The lack of salt in the water meant there were no sea nettles to be found,…

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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: 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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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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