50 Interesting & Fun Facts About Maryland State to Discover Story

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50 Interesting & Fun Facts About Maryland State to Discover Story

These 50 interesting and fun facts about Maryland state will help you get to know...

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Maryland Fun Facts

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Cecil Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore founded the Maryland Colony

In 1632, Cecil Calvert was awarded a royal charter from King Charles I. Despite being...

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Maryland's nickname is both the Old Line State and the Free State

A fun fact about Maryland is that it's honored with not one but two nicknames...

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Maryland's flag is the country's most unique

The state flag of Maryland is one of the most eye-popping in the nation. It...

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The capital of Annapolis was the "Athens of America"

Maryland's capital city, Annapolis, was once considered the "Athens of America". It even uses the...

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The nation's first dental school was in Maryland

The Baltimore College of Dental Surgery (BCDS) was established in 1840 by the General Assembly...

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Johns Hopkins University started with the largest bequest in US history

Johns Hopkins was a Maryland entrepreneur and philanthropist who lived from 1795-1873. Upon his death...

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The Atlantic Coastal Plain is one of Maryland's five geographic regions

Maryland is home to five main geographic regions. The largest is the Atlantic coastal plain...

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The Maryland Blue Crab is the official state crustacean

The Maryland Blue Crab is an important part of the region's culinary culture. As a...

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Maryland's population is over six million

Maryland has a population of just over six million people. This ranks it as the...

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Maryland is 12,407 square miles

Though it has a large population, one of the fun Maryland facts is that it's...

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The Potomac River forms Maryland's border with Washington, D.C.

The Potomac River forms part of the border between Maryland and Washington, D.C.. It is...

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United States Naval Academy is located in Annapolis

The United States Naval Academy was established in Annapolis in 1845 by Navy Secretary George...

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Maryland's state tree is the White Oak

White Oak trees are tall, slow-growing trees found in eastern and central North America. In...

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The world's first long-distance telegram was sent to Baltimore

In 1844, inventor Samuel F.B. Morse sent the world's first long-distance telegram from Washington, D.C....

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Maryland's largest city is Baltimore

Another of the fun facts about the state of Maryland is that Baltimore is its...

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Interesting Facts About Maryland

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The Maryland Gazette is one of the oldest newspaper in the United States

The Maryland Gazette, now the Capital Gazette, began publishing in 1729. This makes the newspaper...

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Fisher's Popcorn comes from Maryland

Popcorn lovers will find the origins of Fisher's Popcorn one of the most interesting facts...

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Babe Ruth was born in Maryland

Before gaining sports celebrity status with the New York Yankees, George Herman "Babe" Ruth was...

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The first successful manned balloon flight in the United States was in Baltimore

One of the most interesting facts of Maryland is its role in the exhilarating and...

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Maryland's unique shape is mostly due to geography

Of all of the states in the US, Maryland probably has the most unique outline...

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The Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 standardized firefighting equipment

The Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 was devastating. It scorched 1,500 buildings over 140 acres...

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The first female Professor of Medicine is a Johns Hopkins Graduate

When Johns Hopkins School of Medicine opened in 1893, it was one of the few...

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Maryland has been settled for over 10,000 years

Native American groups have lived in Maryland for at least 10,000 years. The first group...

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The first person to reach the Geographic North Pole was a Marylander

In the early 20th century, the race to each of the planet's poles captivated the...

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The world's first umbrella factory was in Maryland

Umbrellas have been around since Ancient Egypt, but the world's first umbrella factory was built...

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Weird Facts About Maryland

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Edgar Allan Poe died mysteriously in Baltimore

Edgar Allan Poe's macabre poetry and short stories have made him one of America's weirdest...

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Accident, Maryland really started with an accident

When it comes to cities and towns with unusual names, sometimes the reason is lost...

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The Baltimore accent is very distinct

Baltimore (also pronounced Bawlmer or Baldamore) has a fascinating set of accents that can be...

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The Ouija Board got its start in Baltimore

In 1890, "talking" board games were all the rage in the United States. A spiritual...

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Maryland's state song was recently repealed

The song "Maryland, my Maryland" was the state song from 1861 until 2021. It was...

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Facts About Maryland History

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Captain John Smith mapped Maryland's waterways

From 1607-1609, Captain John Smith explored the far reaches of the Chesapeake Bay. In doing...

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Maryland was named to honor Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of King Charles I

One of the most important historical facts about Maryland is about how it got its...

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George Calvert died before the charter for Maryland was granted

George Calvert converted to Catholicism in 1624. In getting a royal charter approved by King...

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The Star-Spangled Banner was written by Francis Scott Key at Fort McHenry

During the War of 1812, the new United States first tested its new independence. When...

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Harriet Tubman helped on the Underground Railroad in Maryland

Did you know that Harriet Tubman, the heroine of the Underground Railroad, was born in...

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Cool Facts About Maryland

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Crab Cakes with Old Bay seasoning are everywhere

Summer in Maryland brings oppressive heat, cicadas, and crab cakes. Two of these are tolerated...

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Assateague Island National Seashore has wild horses

The quotations in the title shouldn't indicate that the horses of Assateague Island are, in...

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The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States

The Chesapeake Bay is one of the most important natural features of Maryland. It's also...

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Smith Island is famous for John Smith and cake

The Smith Island chain takes up a three-by-five-mile span in the Chesapeake Bay. Though charted...

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Maryland is sometimes called America in Miniature

Maryland is not a large state, but it packs a lot of natural diversity into...

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Scary Facts About Maryland

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Baltimore's "The Horse You Came In On" is the oldest saloon in the country

Commonly referred to as just "The Horse," this is the oldest operating saloon in the...

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Paw Paw Tunnel has near pitch black conditions

The Paw Paw Tunnel in Old Town, Maryland, is one of the spookiest places in...

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John Wilkes Booth's body had three "final" resting places

After assassinating President Abraham Lincoln in 1865, John Wilkes Booth was himself fatally shot twelve...

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The Haunted Lilburn Mansion is an Airbnb

A state as old as Maryland is bound to have some haunted houses. One of...

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The real ghost story of Burkittsville is nothing like the Blair Witch

The Blair Witch Project popularized the found footage horror genre, but its claims about a...

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Important Facts About Maryland

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Frederick Douglass was born in Talbot County Maryland

Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery in Talbot County, Maryland, in 1838. He became an important...

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The Mason-Dixon Line was originally made to settle a border dispute

The Mason-Dixon line was the result of a land survey by Charles Mason and Jeremiah...

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President Abraham Lincoln ensured Maryland remained in the Union during the Civil War

Though Maryland's delegates voted strongly against secession before the Civil War, President Lincoln didn't trust...

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The Battle of Antietam in Maryland is the bloodiest day in American history

In September 1862, northern troops engaged Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Sharpsburg, Maryland. Over...

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Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall was from Baltimore

Thurgood Marshall is famous for becoming the first African-American Supreme Court Justice. However, another fun...

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