Maryland - Fast Facts & Trivia

Piney Point Light located on the Potomac River in Maryland.

  • The National Institute for Standards and Technology gave Gaithersburg the title of Science Capital of the United States when the office moved into the area in 1961.

  • Samuel F.B. Morse was reportedly received in 1844 the first telegram message in Bladensburg before his famous message "What Hath God Wrought" between Baltimore and Washington. His telegraph wire had been advanced along the railway line. Ezra Cornell, founder of Cornell University, lived in Bladensburg and is said to have invented the telegraph pole.

  • The city of Garrett Park declared the first nuclear free zone in the United States in 1982, confirming a peaceful tradition that began in 1898 when it became illegal to harm any tree or songbird within the city limits.

  • Maryland was the first law passed in 1902 for workers' compensation laws.

  • Friendship International Airport - now Baltimore / Washington International Airport - commenced operations on June 24.

  • On October 5, 1969, the transmitter 67 broadcast the first public television programs in the country.

  • Greenbelt was the first church in the United States to be built as a planned city. Greenbelt was an experiment in physical and social planning.

  • The Concord Point Lighthouse in Havre de Grace is the oldest continuously operated lighthouse in the state of Maryland.

  • Havre de Grace is known as the decoy capital of the world.

  • The Methodist Church of America was formally organized in 1784 at Perry Hall.

  • Mount Airy is unique because two counties, Carroll and Frederick, share it.

  • Oxford (founded in 1683) gained its prominence in colonial days by being commissioned in 1694 by Maryland Legislature as the first and only import port on the East Bank.

  • On the morning of August 10, 1813, residents of St. Michaels who had been warned of a British attack lifted lanterns to the masts of ships and the treetops. The height of the light caused cannons to overrun the city. This first known blackout was effective and only one house was defeated and is now known as "Cannonball House". The city was known as the city that deceived the British since this historic event.

  • New Market is known as Maryland's ancient capital.

  • Swallow Falls State Park near Oakland shows Muddy Creek Falls. At 63 feet, it is the largest waterfall in Maryland.

  • Maryland gave up some of its land to Washington D.C.

  • The Maryland Renaissance Festival takes place in Crownsville from August to October.

  • Maryland is a well-known producer and processor of seafood and a national leader in the production of blue crabs and sweet mussels.

  • The Thrasher Carriage Museum in Frostburg houses a collection of horse transports from the early 19th and 20th centuries. Formal closed wagons, milk wagons, open sleds, funeral wagons, dog carts and the opening coach of President Roosevelt are among the 50 or so vehicles.

  • Sixteen of the 23 Maryland counties are adjacent to tides. The combined length of the coastline including the islands is 4,431 miles.

  • The Bollman Truss railway bridge in Savage is made of cast iron and wrought iron. It is the only open railroad bridge of its kind in the world

  • Clara Barton's National Historic Site recalls the life of Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross. The house at Glen Echo served as the headquarters and headquarters of the American Red Cross and as a relief depot.

  • Maryland has forty-seven functioning state parks, including seven parks with shorelines that cover 90,239 acres; 15 public lakes and ponds open to public fishing; 9 state forests and parts of 15 national parks that are open to the public; 36 nature reserves with an area of ​​88,348 acres, which are open to the public; 6 natural environmental areas with 7,676 acres.

  • Annapolis was known as the Athens of America during the seventeenth century and once served as the capital of the United States.

  • The shared bridge mural in Frederick transformed a simple concrete bridge into the breathtaking illusion of an old stone bridge. The entire structure was hand-painted by an artist and his assistants, using techniques of advanced trompe l'oeil ("deceiving the eye").

  • The United States Naval Academy was founded on October 10, 1845 at Annapolis.

  • In 1830 the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company built the first railroad station in Baltimore.

  • During revolutionary times Rockville was known as Hungerford's Tavern the name of its most familiar landmark. One of the first calls to freedom from British rule was heard at the tavern in 1774.

  • The Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is considered a masterpiece and one of the finest 19th century buildings in the world. The basilica is the first cathedral in the United States. Baltimore represents the first Roman Catholic diocese.

  • Meade near Laurel became Meade, the one in Maryland. He was not aware of Fort Meade, Florida. The confusion has so happened in Maryland in an attempt to avoid the confusion.

  • King Williams School opened in 1696 it was the first school in the United States.

  • The First Dental School in the United States opened at the University of Maryland.

  • Babe Ruth, the Sultan of Swat, was born in Baltimore and attended Saint Mary's Industrial School.

  • Other major league ball players include Cal Ripken, Jr., Billy Ripken, Lefty Grove, Frank Baker, Harold Baines, Al Kaline, Denny Neagle, and Jimmie Foxx.

  • Tilghman Island is home to the Skipjacks, the only commercial sailing fleet in North America.

  • America's national anthem was written by Francis Scott Key a Maryland lawyer. It is believed Key wrote the anthem on September 14, 1814 while watching the bombardment of Fort McHenry at Baltimore Harbor.

  • Since May 30th, 1949 the United States flag has flown continuously over the monument marking the site of Francis Scott Key's birthplace. The flag tiles at Terra Rubra Farm, Carroll County, Keymar, Maryland as mandated by a Joint Resolution of Congress.

  • The National Aquarium is located in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

  • The 1,200 foot Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore is the second longest continuous truss bridge in the nation.

  • The 4.03 mile William Preston Lane Memorial (The Bay Bridge) joins the western part of Maryland to the eastern shore and crosses the Chesapeake Bay.

  • Annapolis is known as the sailing capital of the world.

  • Located in the Chesapeake Bay, Smith Island is Maryland's only inhabited off-shore island.

  • The highest point in Maryland is 3,360 feet above sea level on Backbone Mountain in Garrett County. The absolute lowest point in Maryland is a depression, often called Bloody Point Hole, 174 feet below sea level. The area is located approximately 1 mile west-southwest of the southern tip of Kent Island in Queen Anne's County.

  • The Maryland State House is the oldest state capitol silent in continuous legislative use.

  • Chincoteague's are famous ponies from Assateague Island.

  • Dredging and tonging are methods for harvesting oysters.

  • On June 24,1784, in Baltimore, 13-year-old Edward Warren's first successful manned balloon launch in the United States.

  • Maryland forests cover about 2.7 million acres, or 43% of the states land surface. Oak and hickory are the dominant hardwood or deciduous forest type, making up 60% of forested areas. Loblolly pine is the most prevalent softwood and is the predominant forest on the Eastern Shore.

  • Constructed circa 1850 on acorn-shaped gazebo can be found at Acorn Park in Silver Spring. The park is all that remains of Francis Preston Blair's estate.

  • On September 14, 1975, Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton of Emmitsburg was canonized, becoming the first native-born American to be so honored. St. Elizabeth Ann is the religious community of the Sisters of Charity.

  • The United States Naval Academy was founded on October 10, 1845 in Annapolis.

  • In 1830, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company built the first railway station in Baltimore.

  • In revolutionary times, Rockville was known as Hungerford's Tavern. One of the first calls for liberation from British rule was heard in the tavern in 1774.

  • The Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is considered a masterpiece and one of the most beautiful buildings of the 19th century in the world. The basilica is the first cathedral in the United States. Baltimore is the first Roman Catholic diocese.

  • Fort Meade near Laurel became a base because a train engineer who delivered soldiers to Meade knew only one meade, the one in Maryland. He did not know Fort Meade in Florida. The confusion happened so often that a second base was built in Maryland to avoid confusion.

  • The King Williams School was opened in 1696 and was the first school in the United States.

  • The first dental school in the United States opened at the University of Maryland.

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