Maryland December 14, 2017
10 Things You Didn’t Know About The History Of Maryland
The Old Line State has a vast and interesting history. While you may have learned about some of Maryland’s past during your school years, there are other little known things that are fascinating, indeed. Check out these Maryland facts, and keep ’em in your back pocket.
1. America's first dental school was started at the University of Maryland.
Their dentistry program is still going strong to this day.
2. Brookeville was the US capital for one day.
This was because President James Madison sought refuge in Brookeville after the burning of DC.
3. The Maryland Gazette is the oldest continuously published newspaper in the US.
Look closely, and you'll see that this particular issue was dated all the way back in 1728!
4. The first practical refrigerator was invented in Baltimore.
The idea was patented by Thomas Moore in 1803.
5. Maryland was the first state to pass laws for worker's compensation.
The laws began in 1902 and other states followed soon after. You're welcome, America.
6. Maryland is home to the first national road.
The Historic National Road was first constructed in Cumberland in 1811.
7. The USS Constellation, which rests in Baltimore's harbor, was used during the Civil War era.
Many people assume this ornate ship is just for show, but it has a rich history.
8. Maryland was the first state to dedicate a monument to George Washington.
Baltimore's Washington Monument, found in the neighborhood of Mount Vernon, was constructed in 1815. That was even before the famous Washington Monument in DC.
9. Maryland is the birthplace of the US railroad.
In fact, you can still ride along the first commercial mile of railroad in the US. Head to B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore to experience this historic ride.
10. The Maryland State House, located in Annapolis, is the oldest state capital in continuous legislative use.
This spot dates all the way back to 1772.
What are some other interesting facts about Maryland’s history? Feel free to share below.