Did you know Baltimore had the first umbrella factory? Maryland has a rich, cultural history loaded with fun facts. Check out some of them…
On June 24, 1784, in Baltimore, 13-year old Edward Warren went airborne in the first successful manned balloon launch in the United States.
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.
Tilghman Island is home to the Skipjacks, the only commercial sailing fleet in North America.
Samuel F.B. Morse reportedly received the first telegraph message in Bladensburg, in 1844, before his famous “What Hath God Wrought” message between Baltimore and Washington. His telegraph wire had been strung along the railroad right of way. Ezra Cornell, founder of Cornell University, lived in Bladensburg and is said to have invented the telegraph pole.
Havre de Grace is known as the decoy capitol of the world.
The name Baltimore comes from Lord Baltimore, the founder and proprietor of the colony of Maryland. The name “Baltimore” translates from the Irish language as meaning “Town of the Big House.”