Maryland Off The Beaten Path

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    The Delaware side of Ocean City
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Maryland Off The Beaten Path

  • Architecture

    Baltimore Off The Beaten Path

    The old Morris Mechanic Theater in Baltimore is now a vacant building. Built in 1967 it housed traveling theater productions in Baltimore for almost 30 years. Called by many the ugliest building in Baltimore, there has been pressure to preserve the now empty building. It is a cast concrete building designed in what is called "Brutalism" and also...

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  • Shot Tower

    Baltimore Off The Beaten Path

    Over 234 feet high, the Shot Tower was the tallest structure in the United States until after the Civil War when the Washington Monument in D.C. was finished. They needed the height because molten lead was dropped from the top of the tower through a sieve and into cold water. This was a relatively labor free way to make round pieces of lead shot....

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  • Poe Sites

    Baltimore Off The Beaten Path

    In 1950, my parents moved us from Roland Park to Towson and had some renovations done on the new house. The contractor had been doing some work at this church. Standing in front of the church, a stone fell from the steeple and struck him a glancing blow on the head (he had a scar on his forehead) and took off his belt buckle. He said if he had a...

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  • Davidge Hall

    Baltimore Off The Beaten Path

    My dad, who was a Professor of Anatomy at the University of Maryland Medical School, was very proud of Davidge Hall because it was the oldest building for medical education still in use. He took a lot of photos of it. In "Terra Mariae medicus" in 1965, he wrote an article called "ANATOMY: Its history and role in the evolution of the medical...

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  • Federal Hill

    Baltimore Off The Beaten Path

    Federal Hill is a neighborhood primarily of brick, late 19th Century homes. It overlooks the Inner Harbor. The first picture is one I found hanging in my mom's house which purports to be of the view from Federal Hill in 1830. One of my friends had a rehabbed home on Federal Hill. It is a federal historic district, and the northern portion has...

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  • Bromo-Seltzer Tower

    Baltimore Off The Beaten Path

    From 1911 to 1923 the Emerson Bromo-Seltzer Tower, standing 289 feet, was the tallest building in Baltimore. It is said the architect was inspired by the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy, though in the Bromo-Seltzer Tower the clock is nearer to the top, and the name is stupider. On the Bromo-Seltzer tower's clock faces, the numbers were replaced...

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  • Billy Goat Trail

    The Billy Goat Trail is a 4.7-mile (7.6 km) hiking trail that follows a path between the C&O Canal and the Potomac River within the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park near Great Falls in Montgomery County, Maryland. The trail has three sections: Section A, the northernmost, is 1.7 miles (2.7 km); Section B is 1.4 miles (2.3 km); and...

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  • Cedar Point Light

    The Cedar Point Light originally located on a tiny island off Cedar Point at the southern entrance to Patuxent River was built in 1896. It sat on 1.54 acres with a three-story brick and cedar-shingle house crowned by a 50-foot tower housing lens and fog bell tower, oil house, boathouse, outhouse and barn. A radar reflector now stands in place of...

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  • Maryland World War II Memorial

    Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs has three memorials in the state - in alphabetical order, they are: * Korean War Memorial * Vietnam War Memorial * World War II Memorial There were 48 states at the time of the war, so the four-sided open-air amphitheater is surrounded by a 100-foot diameter ring of 48 pillars, that represent the 48 states....

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  • National Vigilance Park

    This quiet park, located just off the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, memorializes those who served on US reconnaissance aircraft during the Cold War and the Vietnam War. Flying dangerous missions under adverse conditions, they played a key role in that era. Only recently has any public recognition been given to them.Here are a C-130A, EA-3B, RU-8...

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  • WHITE'S FORD

    Accessed at mile 39.8 (mileage is upriver from Georgetown) on the C&O towpath through the Dickerson Conservation Area - administered by Montgomery County, Maryland - this is an old ford across the Potomac River used by Civil War armies to cross the Potomac. One well-known engraving from the time shows a couple of Federal sharpshooters firing away...

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  • Piney Point Lighthouse

    The Piney Point Lighthouse was built in 1836 by John Donohoo. It is about 14 miles up river from Point Lookout, and it is the oldest light on the Potomac River. Out of 11 lighthouses built on the Potomac, it is one of the four original lights still standing. Several U.S. Presidents, including James Madison, have used Piney Point as a summer...

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  • Quiet Waters Park,...

    Quiet Waters Park, AnnapolisWhile there is no swimming at this park on the South River, it is an oasis of trees, paths, and pavillions that offers families a place to unwind. If you have children who are getting cranky, this is a good place to picnic or just let them run, bike or swing. Kayaks are also available to rent, tho I have no experience of...

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  • Cumberland, Maryland

    Cumberland was the site of Fort Cumberland, which was used by British General Braddock in his attack on Fort Duquesne in Pittsburgh during the French and Indian War. George Washington also used Fort Cumberland during the French and Indian War and later, as President, during the Whiskey Rebellion.The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal is one of the most...

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  • The town of Hancock, MD

    Hancock is a small town with less than 2000 residents, but it has a few historic sites. Hancock also lies in a geographically interesting part of Maryland, where the state is only two miles wide, between West Virginia and Pennsylvania.The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal is one of the most historic areas of the town. The C&O Canal is a 184.5 mile...

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  • Sideling Hill & the Eastern Continental...

    Sideling Hill is the location of a 340-foot deep notch cut from Sideling Hill for Interstate 68, about 6 miles west of Hancock, Maryland. The mountain itself stands some 2,301 feet above sea level and stretches from West Virginia, through Maryland, into Pennsylvania. The strata of rocks exposed by the cut is so impressive there is a rest area and...

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  • You may want to check out the...

    You may want to check out the local paper The Capital for interesting things to do. Locals often call the paper the 'crab wrapper' because of its lack of hard news, but for local goings-on, it is pretty good. We also say that if you are not in 'Police Beat' or the Obituaries that day, you are having a good day!

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  • The Mosaic in the Miller...

    The Mosaic in the Miller Senate Office Building. My husband really enjoyed showing this off for the camera! The bystander behind Dick is looking up at the Tiffany Dome which is 4 stories up. I used to walk past it every day when my office was up on the 4th floor too. The reverse of the Great Seal of Maryland consists of an escutcheon, or shield,...

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  • Ego Alley continued... This...

    Ego Alley continued...This small body of water at the foot of the City Dock of Annapolis is also home to two yearly boat shows, power and sail, in October each year.Admission prices, along with more information can be found on the website, 38th Annual SailBoat Show.But if you have to ask, you can't afford it is pretty much the rule! Great...

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  • Maryland's Junior...

    Maryland's Senior Senator...the short but mighty , Senator Barbara Mikulski. What a woman! Did you know that she is the only licensed Social Worker in the United States Senate? My former boss says she is the Senator from Maryland and the Senator FOR Maryland. She also reminded us that 'the people have the right to know and the people have the right...

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  • Black Walnut Point

    On Tilghman Island, this is the end of the road. Well, not entirely, the Wood Duck Inn Bed & Breakfast is just beyond that tower at the left of the picture.

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  • Alternate Energy Transportation

    I'm not exactly sure where to put this tip. I doesn't fit in any of the regular categories.My husband converted this light blue diesel Escort to electric power. It cost him about $5K plus a year or so work on weekends. He drove it to work and back for 5 or 6 years and it cost about 80 cents a day near as we could figure (we didn't have a separate...

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  • Chesapeake City Md

    This is a small town. It is split in half by the C & D Canal. Wonderful old houses, great little shop and outstanding restaurants on the water. This is where the C&D Canal was started back in 1824, connecting the Chesapeake Bay to the Delaware River, Irish immagrents hand dug the canal and completed it in 1829. The towns origanal name was Bohemia...

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  • Concord Point Lighthouse, Havre De...

    Concord Point Lighthouse, Havre De Grace, MD. This lighthouse was built at the mouth of the Susquehanna River in 1827, it is the oldest lighthouse in continuous operation in the United States. The lighthouse is only 36 feet tal and can be seen for 8 miles. It is located at the point were the Susquehanna meets the Chesapeake Bay. It is now...

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  • 4Wheeling for fun

    This was a fun thing to do, though I'm not sure my friends would allow everyone a ride on their 4 wheelers! As you can see, there are no mud puddles insight, so this was not a terribly "adventurous" ride, but I just had to get pics and tell the kids to "drool!" By the way, this trip was JUST my husband and me, so we really lived it up and made the...

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  • C&O Canal Park

    This is a long, thin park... over 180 miles long, and an average of 60 feet wide...The park follows the towpath of the ill-fated historic Chesapeake & Ohio canal. The canal begins in Georgetown (Washington DC) and continues along the north edge of the Potomac river to Cumberland, MD (This photo is in Cumberland ) The canal never reached Ohio, the...

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  • The third place to visit in...

    The third place to visit in this area is the National Wildlife Visitor Center at Patuxent Research Refuge. Exhibits and videos describe the ongoing research that hopes to lead to a better environment for wildlife, and cleaner air and water for us humans. There is also a tram thru the wetlands, visitors pods for viewing wildlife, excellent trails...

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  • Another unique place to...

    Another unique place to explore is theUS Dept of Agriculture's Agriculture Research Service at Beltsville,, Maryland. There is a really terrific log lodge built in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps. If you are in the area you can visit monday thru friday 8am to 4:30pm. If you call (301-504-9403) you can schedule a personal tour of the...

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  • If you take New York Avenue...

    If you take New York Avenue east leaving Washington DC, you come to the Baltimore Washington Parkway follow this towards Baltimore to Powder Mill Road to find 3 great places to see more sites or to rest and relax!The first is NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The visitor's center has educational activities for kids, interactive learning centers and...

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  • The National Capital Area Park...

    The National Capital Area Park Commission oversees lots of public parks. This one, Brookside Gardens and Nature Center in the Wheaton Regional Park, in Montgomery County has a wonderful garden, lots of walking paths, a riding stable, and lots of other attractions - not bad for a neighborhood park!

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  • See the wild ponies on...

    See the wild ponies on Assateague Island. The state park has camping at the beach. It is a unique experience to be sitting in a beach chair and watching the horses walk by! Please remember, however, that these are WILD animals - they bite and kick! I might also point out that having the horses share the beach definitely increases the number of flys...

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  • The Baltimore Conservatory and...

    The Baltimore Conservatory and Botanic Gardens feature this 1888 Palm House. Baltimore's parks and gardens are often overlooked but are truly beautiful. The Conservatory is located at Druid Hill Park.

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  • Driving Shortcuts

    When you've lived in the suburbs for a few years, you start finding shortcuts to avoid busier streets and traffic. One route we've taken for years between Olney and Rockville boasts a family favorite landmark which we call the Snow White Tree. (Remember the scene where she's running through the woods and all the trees have faces?) We don't know who...

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  • One of my favorite places to...

    One of my favorite places to visit in Maryland is St. Michaels on the Eastern Shore. It is a small town right on the Chespeake Bay. You can walk around the town and shop or go visit the lighthouses that are absolutely beautiful.

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  • During the winters me and my...

    During the winters me and my friends try to take ski trips at least once a year. Probably to good die hard skiers Maryland isnt ideal but we have a blast. Sometimes to much of a good time...

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  • If you are in Maryland during...

    If you are in Maryland during the summer, Ocean Cityis a beach town that is packed June through August.But it is like 2 1/2 hours from Baltimore...

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  • I'm not sure if most people...

    I'm not sure if most people would miss this or not, but I'd guess it's out of the way for most. But it's visitng Southern MD, which is gorgeous. The sunset's at Point Lookout or on the St. Mary's River are stunning.

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  • Frederick, Maryland and its...

    Frederick, Maryland and its environs. They are rapidly trying to make downtown flood safe, so new shops are opening up all over. Its historic, without the hustle and bustle fo the eastern part of MD, yet its so close.(within an hour to Washington and Baltimore) And then go to the state parks north of the city(Thurmont).

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  • Maryland Veterans WWII...

    Maryland Veterans WWII Memorial (mentioned in the listing for Cantler's Riverside Restaurant)Maryland World War II Memorial, erected 1998Located just north of Annapolis Maryland on State Route 450 at the Naval Academy bridge, the Maryland World War II Memorial is situated in a beautiful park-like setting at what is commonly known as the Ritchie...

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  • Fort McHenry. This is where...

    Fort McHenry. This is where the star spangled banner was written by Francis Scott Key. The fort was under attacked when he wrote the National Anthem of the United States.

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  • Take the day trip boat cruise...

    Take the day trip boat cruise to St Michaels. You may just get a close-up look at Thomas Point Light House, shown here

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  • PREAKNESS!! This is the horse...

    PREAKNESS!! This is the horse race that is part of the Triple Crown--though when I went, I didn't see too many horses!! It follows the Kentucky Derby in May. Itinerary includes getting up at 7am and waiting in line with beer in hand (or in bong) til the gates open...I should mention that you will be drinking at 7am! Once infield, it is just one big...

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  • This is Jill and I outside of...

    This is Jill and I outside of the port-a-potties at Preakness 2000 (our friend is in the porta-pottie). Usually the weather is sunny and warm, but no such luck for us that day...needless to say we made the best of a bad situation. We always do! Of course, consuming some tasty bevs definitely helped!

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  • There is a resevoir in Towson...

    There is a resevoir in Towson that is just beautiful. There are great trails to hike and run on and on weekend mornings, the roads are actually blocked off to accomodate runners and bikers which I loved and wished I had taken more advantage of. This is a great place to have a picnic or just some cheese and wine!

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  • Edgar Allen Poe lived in...

    Edgar Allen Poe lived in Baltimore and you can see his gravesite...I warn you though that it is not in the best area of town, but worth seeing--my mom and I just drove by slowly...I am sure someone expected us to start shooting or something.

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