Calling all history lovers! The following 11 towns and attractions in the Old Line State will take you on a trip back in time. When you’re seeking a unique day trip, look no further than these remarkable places where you can still experience old Maryland.
1. St. Mary's City
Maryland's first colonial town pays tribute to the past with vintage ships, old farming techniques, and colonial games. Bring the whole family and enjoy a day in the 1600s.
2. Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
Experience a scenic train ride at Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. The train rides are offered year-round, but autumn is most popular for the vibrant foliage views.
This town in Washington County is proud of its Civil War beginnings. You can catch a reenactment or head to the Boonsborough Museum of History to see Civil War relics and other various items throughout the centuries.
4. C & O Canal
At the C & O Canal, you can still ride in an old tugboat pulled by mules! Step right into 1870s and enjoy the scenery along the way.
This western Maryland town has charming old buildings, surrounding mountain sights, and a rich railroad history. They don't make 'em like this anymore.
6. Baltimore Streetcar Museum
NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Baltimore Street Car Museum is currently closed until further notice.
Decades ago, streetcars were one of the main modes of transportation around Charm City. Now, you can still ride in these vintage structures at the streetcar museum. This family friendly spot is sure to leave a lasting impression.
Near the western end of the C & O Canal, you'll find the small town of Oldtown. It doesn't look much different than it did centuries ago so feel free to take a stroll and learn about the history of this charming and rustic spot.
8. Chapman State Park
You'll find this scenic park along the Potomac River and it still has many old buildings on site, including the pictured plantation. Explore the area and you'll also come across weathered old barns and even a cemetery.
9. Walkersville Southern Railroad
Walkersville Southern Railroad is lesser-known than Western Maryland Scenic Railroad but is no less fun. Hop on and enjoy a ride around historic Monocacy Valley. During warmer months, choose to sit in an open-air car to feel the cool breeze upon your skin.
This mountain town has church steeples galore, making for a unique skyline, indeed. Head into town and explore the many historic shops, eateries, and marvel at the castle-like courthouse.
11. Ellicott City
Located in Howard County, Ellicott City is a superb spot to soak in historic sights for the day. Check out the modern boutiques that are nestled within old buildings and don't miss out on the train museum, too.
Where do you head when you’re looking for a piece of the past? Let us know below.
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