Maryland has a wealth of fun facts and trivia. Check out some of these fascinating facts compiled from 50states.com.
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.
Fort Meade near Laurel became a base because a train engineer delivering soldiers to Meade knew only one Meade, the one in Maryland. He was not aware of Fort Meade, Florida. The confusion happened so often a second base was built 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 player besides “The Babe” born in Maryland include Cal Ripken, Jr., Billy Ripken, Lefty Grove, Frank (Home Run) 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 in 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 flies at Terra Rubra Farm, Carroll County, Keymar, Maryland as mandated by a Joint Resolution of Congress.