Maryland is the perfect place to rediscover American history. So much history has happened in this beautiful mid-Atlantic state that it would be a mistake for it for it not to be considered an historical treasure. Festivals celebrating Maryland’s history are held throughout the state. One of the more popular events is the Heritage Day Festival held each June in Cumberland, Maryland. Other interactive historic attractions found in Maryland include several working farms and living museums. St. Mary’s City is a living colonial town/museum that is filled with museum personnel dressed in period clothing performing the daily duties of early colonists.
Maryland is home to several national parks and historic sites including the Antietam National Battlefield, site of the bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil; and C&O Canal National Historic Park. The C&O is a manmade canal that was used to ship coal and others supplies down river by way of mule drawn tow-boats. Maryland is also a part of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, which winds its way through 14 states. The Maryland section of the trail is more than 40-miles long and is considered an easy 3 to 4 day backpacking trip.
Another area of historic interest found in Maryland is the Calvert Marine Museum located in the island, bayside town of Solomons. This amazing museum encompasses, on its grounds, a lighthouse, an oyster house, ships, boats and more. The museum grounds are currently 9 acres, which has made it possible to include these exciting exhibits. There is also an extensive collection of fossils that were discovered at Calvert Cliffs State Park, which is an area not far from the museum. The fossils include pre-historic sharks, extinct whales, long snouted dolphins, seals and an occasional camel or rhinoceros just to keep everyone wondering.
American born slave, Harriet Tubman is remembered for her heroic actions. She helped as many as 300 other slaves escape through the Under Ground Railroad prior to the Civil War. During the war Tubman served the Union Army as a soldier, a spy and a nurse. Several historic markers chronicling Tubman’s life are found throughout the state of Maryland, including her birthplace and the Harriet Tubman Memorial Gardens.
More resent history can be explored at the Goddard Space Flight Center. Located in the Washington D.C. suburb of Greenbelt, Maryland; the center is dedicated to “learning and sharing the knowledge of the Earth, Sun, Solar System and Universe.”
Maryland is filled with more historic sites and natural wonders than can be mentioned in a brief synopsis. Take time to discovery American history at its best on your next vacation, visit Maryland.