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    Southern Maryland

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 3, 2013

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    Favorite thing: If you think of the state as crab's left claw, with the Chesapeake Bay between the pinchers

    Southern Maryland where I live is the west side or thumb side of the claw and it consists of the counties of Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary's. I live in Leonardtown, which is in St. Mary's County, Maryland. So I have lots of tips in this area, which I have distributed into the various communities served by a single post office but which are separate areas in VT.

    In addition to (first number = tips, second number = photos, third number = travelogues) Leonardtown 28 122 5 (28 tips 122 photos and 5 travelogues) I have pages at (in alphabetical order within the counties):

    Charles County
    Benedict 1 6 0
    Hughesville 1 1 0
    Morgantown 10 63 1 (north end of the 301 Nice Bridge)
    Popes Creek 3 15 0

    Calvert County
    Broomes Island 1 4 0
    Lusby 2 7 0
    Prince Frederick 9 54 0 (the County Seat)
    Solomons Island 45 202 5 (home of the Maritime Museum)

    But of course most of my tips are in St. Mary's County

    Abell 2 13 0 (7th district),
    Beauvue 2 9 1,
    California 20 74 0,
    Callaway 4 16 0,
    Chaptico 0 1 0,
    Charlotte Hall 1 6 0,

    Fondest memory: Clarks Landing 2 11 0,
    Coltons Point 2 4 0,
    Dameron 0 1 0,
    Great Mills 6 13 1
    Helen 0 1 0,
    Hollywood 2 9 1,
    Horse Landing 6 21 1
    Lexington Park 16 79 3,
    Loveville 2 5 0
    Mechanicsville 9 20 0
    Morganza 2 9 0
    Park Hall Estates 0 2 0
    Piney Point 15 49 2
    Point Lookout State Park 26 83 3
    Ridge 11 59 4 (our marina)
    Saint Andrews Estates 2 12 1 (write up on historic church)
    Saint Clements Island 7 46 1
    Saint George Island 6 33 0
    Saint Inigoes Shores 1 4 0 (on the local NAS)
    Sandgates 4 6 0
    St. Marys City 13 50 1
    Wildewood 6 21 0 (note that Wilde has an E on it - there are two other Wildwoods in Maryland without the E)

    Looking down at Solomon's Island from the bridge Barn in southern Prince George's County Bob with the marina dog by the travelift in Ridge Snow in Leonardtown - St. Mary's County Exhibit in Maritime Museum - Calvert County
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    Baltimore

    by traveldave Updated Jun 29, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Baltimore is the largest city in Maryland and is the largest seaport in the mid-Atlantic states. It was founded in 1729, and was named after Lord Baltimore, a member of the Irish House of Lords and the founding proprietor of the Maryland Colony. Baltimore is an anglicization of the Irish-Gaelic term Baile an Tí Mhóir, which means "town of the big house."

    In 1706, the Maryland colonial General Assembly created the Port of Baltimore at Locust Point for the tobacco trade. The town of Baltimore was later established nearby where the tidal portion of the Patapsco River empties into Baltimore Harbor, a branch of Chesapeake Bay. The town's strategic location made it a natural center for trade and commerce. During the 1700s, the town flourished as a granary for the Caribbean sugar-producing colonies.

    During the American Revolutionary War, the Second Continental Congress met in the Henry Fite House between December 1776 and February 1777. During that period, Baltimore was in effect the capital of the United States.

    Baltimore was later the site of the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812. American forces stationed at Fort McHenry successfully withstood a bombardment by the British navy in Septemer 1814. This bombardment was the inspiration for Francis Scott Key's poem, The Star-Spangled Banner, which was later set to music and became the national anthem of the United States.

    After the War of 1812, Baltimore continued to grow as it became a major shipping and manufacturing center. Construction of the National Road and the establishment of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad helped the city become a transportation center as well.

    However, during the early twentieth century, Baltimore lost much of its manufacturing industry, shipping declined, and the city's economy deteriorated. By the 1970s, the Inner Harbor was dominated by abandoned factories and warehouses and rotting piers. In an attempt to improve its economy, the city began a massive urban development project that transformed this neglected area into a major tourist center that today features office buildings, hotels, restaurants, museums, hotels, sports venues, and other tourist attractions.

    Nowadays, Baltimore's metropolitan area has about 2,710,000 inhabitants, and it is part of the Baltimore-Washington urban conurbation that has a population of about 8,930,000.

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    counties

    by davecallahan Written Nov 30, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The counties in Maryland are fairly uniform in size but not in population density. In the twenty-four counties the population for each ranges from 20000 (Kent County) to nearly 800000 (Baltimore County). The state was originally settled by the Baron of Baltimore and his English Catholic friends. It was intended that it be a religious have. Therefore the naming of the counties often references to the Baron and his family and friends.

    Allegany | Anne Arundel | Baltimore City | Baltimore County | Calvert | Caroline | Carroll | Cecil | Charles | Dorchester | Frederick | Garrett | Harford | Howard | Kent | Montgomery | Prince George's | Queen Anne's | St. Mary's | Somerset | Talbot | Washington | Wicomico | Worcester

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    The Eastern Shore

    by grandmaR Updated Jul 10, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake is a Tri-State Area. The State of Delaware is totally on the Eastern Shore fronting on the Atlantic Ocean. The southern end of the Eastern Shore including part of Smith Island and all of Tangier Island is in Virginia. But most of the Eastern Shore is in Maryland.

    In spite of former Governer Shaeffer who referred to it as the 'outhouse of Maryland', the Eastern Shore has a lot going for it. It is sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay - a largely flat sandy penninsula which has lots of beaches for summer tourists and produces not only much of the seafood, but also chickens and vegetables.

    Fondest memory: My pages on the Eastern Shore (first number tips, second number photos and third number travelogues) include:

    Bruff's Island 0 9 1

    Chestertown 4 14 1

    Crisfield 49 116 5

    Hills Point 0 2 1 (just a narrative section about a cruise on our boat)

    Ocean City 1 3 0

    Oxford 0 15 2 (two travelogues)

    Queenstown 0 3 0 This page just has one narrative on the intro page and no pictures of Queenstown itself.

    Tred Avon spider (outside of Oxford) Crisfield waterfrom from the channel Ocean CIty sewage treatment plant Anchorage in the Choptank River Street in Crisfield
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    Big City, Capitol and Western Maryland Page

    by grandmaR Updated Jul 10, 2007

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    Favorite thing: This section of my tips is on Baltimore, Annapolis, northern and western Maryland

    (first number tips, second number photos, third number travelogues):

    Annapolis 34 81 3 - Maryland's Capital. In the past we have visited the boat show on Columbus Day weekend.

    Baltimore 63 177 4 - where I was born - a work in constantly in progress (currently a top 5 page) This is Maryland's biggest city.

    Fondest memory: Baltimore City and Baltimore County

    Cockeysville 2 3 0 - Go north towards York PA
    Curtis Bay 0 3 0 - South shore of the Patapsco River - under construction
    Dundalk 3 6 0 Port for the Big Ships - under construction
    Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine 1 3 0
    Hunt Valley 4 17 0
    Sparrows Point 0 2 0
    Timonium 3 10 0 Site of the State Fair
    Towson 18 63 2 - The County Seat of Baltimore County. My mom's home and where I lived through High School and college. Currently a top 5 page.

    Northeast Maryland
    Fair Hill 3 11 1 - mostly about horses from when my children were competing in combined training in the 80's. The photographs on this page aren't very good.

    Western Maryland
    Cumberland 0 3 0 - Out at the end of the Panhandle - under construction
    Hancock 8 19 1 includes the Sideling Hill Rest Stop.

    Baltimore City Mounted Police at Herring Run Park Ecoday View from the bridge in NorthEast Row houses in Baltimore from the back Entrance to to the Dundalk Marine Terminal
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    Eating my way through the Md 3/US 301 corridor

    by grandmaR Updated Jul 10, 2007

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    Favorite thing: We spent over 10 years between 1987 and 2000 driving back and forth through Central Maryland between Baltimore and Southern Maryland along the 301-3 corridor. We would have dinner on the drive down to Leonardtown in Southern Maryland on Friday, and have lunch Sunday on the drive back up to Brooklyn Park in northern Anne Arundel County to prepare for the work week in Baltimore. That's why most of these tips are about restaurants.

    (First number tips, second number photos, third number narratives)

    Bowie 8 38 0

    Brooklyn Park 7 14 0 (our former city house)

    Columbia 1 4 0 A planned community where our third daughter lived

    Crofton 12 38 0 (restaurant tips)

    Ellicott City2 5 0 (oldest daughter's home)

    Gambrills 4 14 0 (restaurant tips)

    Glen Burnie 4 6 0

    Laurel 1 2 0 (where I used to work)

    Linthicum 4 15 0
    Linthicum Heights 1 8 (one brunch/lunch place tip and list of lunch places in the intro)

    Odenton 1 8 0 (Jim's Hideaway tip)

    Parole (west of Annapolis) 2 7 0

    Pasadena 6 18 1 (my husband's brother's home)

    Selby Beach 0 9 1

    Fondest memory: Even after I retired in 1999, I still used to travel this route when I went to visit my mom who lived in Towson. Now that my mom has died, I am still going back and forth to handle estate matters, but after this year, I probably will not be going north on any regular basis.

    Brooklyn Park - Anne Arundel County My daughter with her cousin's pony Prince in 1970 Jim's Hideaway in Odenton Ellicott City elementary school Ellicott City ranch house
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    State Song

    by frankcanfly Updated Aug 17, 2004

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    Favorite thing: "Maryland, My Maryland" was adopted as the State song in 1939

    The nine-stanza poem was written by James Ryder Randall in April 1861. A native of Maryland, Randall was teaching in Louisiana in the early days of the Civil War, and he was outraged at the news of Union troops being marched through Baltimore.

    The poem articulated Randall's Confederate sympathies. Set to the traditional tune of "Lauriger Horatius" ("O, Tannenbaum"), the song achieved wide popularity in Maryland and throughout the South.

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    State Nickname

    by frankcanfly Updated Aug 17, 2004

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    Favorite thing: "The Old Line State"

    According to some historians, Gen. George Washington bestowed the name “Old Line State” and thereby associated Maryland with its regular line troops, the Maryland Line, who served courageously in many Revolutionary War battles.

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    State Flower

    by frankcanfly Updated Aug 17, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) has been the official Maryland flower since 1918 when it was designated the "Floral Emblem" of Maryland by the General Assembly

    If you see them on the side of the road, leave them alone. It's illegal to pick them

    When I wanted to grow some for a photo shoot, I simply crossed the border in Pennsylvania.

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    State Flag

    by frankcanfly Updated Aug 17, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The Maryland flag contains the family crest of the Calvert and Crossland families.

    Maryland was founded as an English colony in 1634 by Cecil Calvert, the second Lord Baltimore.

    The black and Gold designs belong to the Calvert family.

    The red and white design belongs to the Crossland family.

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    Maryland's Potomac

    by grandmaR Written Jun 4, 2004

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    Favorite thing: One of the things that not many people know is that the Potomac belongs to Maryland up to the low tide mark on the Virginia shore.

    In 1632, Charles I granted a charter to Cecil Calvert, Baron of Baltimore, for a colony north of the "River of Pattowmack...unto the further Bank of the said River."

    After the American Revolution, Maryland objected to Virginians poaching fish from "its" Potomac waters but Virginians were not inclined to honor the low-water mark boundary - George Washington, for example, found his herring fishery in the river offshore from Mount Vernon to be a more-reliable source of income than growing tobacco and wheat, and never paid Maryland anything for the fish.

    In the Compact of 1785 (brokered by George Washington) it was agreed that neither Virginia or Maryland could interfere with the other's trade or fishing in the Potomac. The 1632 grant and the agreement by two states in 1785 explains why the Maryland-Virginia boundary is not the middle of the river.

    Fondest memory: So if you want to get married on a boat in the water in front of Mount Vernon, you need a Maryland marriage license.

    Sign on the Virginia side Stop here for an escort Going into Maryland Approaching the bridge in 2006
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    Ocean City Lifesaving Station Museum

    by tpangelinan Written May 8, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Go to the end of the boardwalk and the inlet, that is where this lifesaving station is localed. These type of lifesaving station use to line the beach front up and down the coastline. Volunteers would keep an eye out for shipwrecks and would risk life and limb to save the crew and its cargo in the 1800th to the 1900th century. The coast Guard took over and started to maintiain them.In 1915 the U. S. Life-Saving Service joined the Revenue Cutter Service to form the U. S. Coast Guard. They used these building until about 1962.

    Fondest memory: June through September,
    open daily 11 am to 10 pm
    October and May,
    open daily 11 am to 4 pm
    Winter, please call for availability ADMISSION
    $3 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under.
    AAA membership honored: 2 (two) for the price of 1 (one).

    http://www.ocmuseum.org/

    Ocean City Lifesaving Station Museum
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    The Sea Rocket

    by tpangelinan Written May 7, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Here is the Speed boat from the shore. The tail spray is a favorite, (for boys & men) funny, it is called a 'Rooster Tail',
    (For more information about the Sea Rocket, call 410-289-5887. For the OC Rocket, call 410-289-3500.)

    Fondest memory: http://www.oceancity.com/

    Wet ride!
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    Maryland flag

    by b1bob Written Nov 22, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The Maryland flag has to be, without doubt, the most colourful of the 50 state flags. The Maryland flag containst the crest of the two founding families- the Calverts and the Crosslands. The black and gold design is of the Calverts and the red and white design is of the Crosslands. Cecil Calvert was the 2nd Lord Baltimore who founded Maryland in 1634. It is worth mentioning that two counties were named in Cecil Calvert's honour- Cecil County in the northeast at the border with Delaware and Calvert County in Southern Maryland and there are not any counties or major cities named for the Crosslands.

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    More Information on Crabbing

    by RhondaRuth Written Sep 24, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Hand Line or Bait Line Crabbing

    Tie bait to a line (string or fishing line long enough to reach bottom with a weight attached) and slowly lower it into the water. When you feel a nibble, slowly raise the line to the surface. Go slowly and try not to scare the crab. Use a net to scoop up any crabs clinging to the end of your line. What could be easier?

    The bait used by many a handliner is chicken necks. They're cheap and easy to come by. Some swear by bull lips. Others use salted eel or fish heads. Hand lines can be purchased at most bait shops along with dip nets, bait and coolers.

    Crabbing with a Net

    The simplest crabbing method (in terms of equipment required) is the dip net. With a long-handled net you can wade a cove or shoreline, on foot or from a boat. When you spot a crab you dip and net it. Put you catch in a basket or cooler. This method requires greater patience and hand-eye coordination than the line methods.

    Crab Trap

    Collapsible crab traps can be purchased at most bait shops or hardware stores on the Eastern Shore. Fasten your bait to the bottom of the trap. Fasten a sturdy line to the trap. Lower the trap from a dock or boat. When a crab goes in to feed pull the string and trap the crab. Then hoist it ashore.

    Time to cook 'em up!

    Fondest memory: Eating Crab ... feast your eyes on one that's "ready to eat!"

    Steamed crabs at the Elks!

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