Washington County Introduces New Ice Cream Trail

The Washington County Public Relations & Marketing Department has announced the launch of the new Washington County Ice Cream Trail. The trail promotes 11 locally-owned ice cream shops throughout the County. It offers a family-friendly opportunity to support small businesses and attract summer tourism. The County has created a trail map to help visitors locate each of the 11 businesses. In addition, the County is sponsoring a contest to promote the new Ice Cream Trail.…

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Abandoned Military Base Fort Ritchie Opens Its Doors For New Homes & Experiences

Cascade Properties has partnered with Inch & Co. Development Group in the renovation and construction of the historic Fort Ritchie Army Base in Cascade, Maryland. Fort Ritchie is central to Frederick, and Emmitsburg, Maryland, as well as Gettysburg and Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C. The base was in use throughout World War II and the Cold War, from 1926-1998, when it officially closed its doors. The US Army activated the Military Intelligence Training Center (MITC) on June 19, 1942, and trained 19,600 intelligence troops, including the Ritchie Boys.…

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Crab Population Strong, Regulations Left Unchanged

Chesapeake Bay Stock Assessment Committee reports the Chesapeake Bay blue crab population is stable and not currently at risk of being overfished, no additional restrictions needed this year. The price of crabs may be high this year, but the health of the crab population is virtually unchanged. There are a number of factors which contribute to this population review. According to the Chesapeake Bay Stock Assessment Committee's (CBSAC) report: Total commercial blue crab harvest decreased…

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Hogan Announces $13.5M in Maryland Waterway Improvement Fund Awards

Governor Larry Hogan announced $13.5 million in Waterway Improvement Fund grants for Fiscal Year 2022 to enhance and improve public boating access, facilities, and navigation throughout the state.  “Boating is not just an important part of our history and our culture, it is also an important part of Maryland’s economy,” said Governor Hogan. “The announcement of these new grants is yet another shining example that Maryland is open for business, open for summer, and open…

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World Canals Conference to be Held in Washington County
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World Canals Conference to be Held in Washington County

On August 30, 2021 the World Canals Conference will return to the Potomac River valley at Hagerstown, MD to help mark the 50th anniversary of the creation of the C&O Canal National Historical Park. Every year, the World Canals Conference (WCC) brings together hundreds of canal and waterway enthusiasts, professionals and academics from around the world. During the conference delegates exchange ideas about canal management and development including: the protection of historic features; technical developments; revitalization…

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Fun Fact: Attention Lords and Ladies! Visit a 16th-Century English Village in This County.

The Maryland Renaissance Festival in Anne Arundel County is the second-largest Renaissance festival in the United States. The Maryland festival was first organized by Minnesota lawyer Jules Smith Sr. and was modeled after a Renaissance-themed Minneapolis festival that he had previously invested in. After the Minneapolis fair (now known as the Texas Renaissance Festival), relocated to Texas in the mid-1970s, Smith sold his shares and organized a similar festival in Columbia, Maryland. The festival was…

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Enter the Maryland Natural Resource Photo Contest

The 18th Annual Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Photo Contest is live now through Aug. 5, 2021.  The Maryland DNR wants to see your photographs of the beautiful parts of nature you have captured. Prizes are offered to the top three submissions and all winners will be featured in the department’s 2022 wall calendar and published in the Maryland Natural Resource magazine. According to the Maryland DNR website: The four contest categories are seasonal:…

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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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