Here are 11 certified reasons, stretching from wondrous Western Maryland to the irresistible Eastern Shore, why your family should experience Maryland's heritage!
1. A Canal in the Mountains
Feel what life was like in the C&O Canal’s heyday. Come to Canal Place — Maryland’s first certified heritage area — to explore the recently re-watered canal basin and step inside the captain’s quarters and mule shed on a full-scale canal boat replica. Then it’s “all aboard” for a scenic train ride up the mountain, departing from the historic Western Maryland Railway Station. You’ll also enjoy hiking, biking, museums, shopping and live entertainment around the captivating Cumberland area.
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2. The War Between the States
Explore the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area in Carroll, Frederick and Washington counties. The story of the Civil War — its causes, battles, heroes and villains, courage and carnage, care-giving and compassion — is told through the unique perspective of a border state with one foot in the North and one in the South. Our three counties are at the heart of the Civil War experience in America, including Antietam, South Mountain and Monocacy battlefields, commemorative events such as Corbit’s Charge, museums and visitor services.
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3. Surprises Beside Our Nation’s Capital
Even if you’re already familiar with the bustling arts and entertainment districts within Bethesda and Silver Spring, you’ll soon discover other magical destinations in Montgomery County. Just minutes from Washington, D.C., are 18th-century plantation homes, 19th-century railroad communities, Historic White’s Ferry and a national trolley museum. Herita ge Montgomery — “History where you least expect it!”
4. Nearby, but Off-the-Beaten Path
Take some time to check out the many National Historic Landmarks found around the Anacostia Trails Herita ge Area in Prince George’s County. Join the Wright Brothers at a century-old airport, followed by tours of majestic house museums. As you venture farther off-the-beaten track to enjoy horseback riding at a wildlife refuge or fishing in a waterfront park, the past remains near enough to touch.
5. Charm City Stories
Baltimoreans take great pride in their remarkable neighborhoods, which feature more sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places than any other city in America. The Baltimore Heritage Area has a new “Heritage Walk,” as well as distinctive cultural outlets, sports venues, museums and markets, mostly located within a three-mile radius of the always active Inner Harbor.
6. The Allure of Four Rivers
Experience the rich historic, cultural and natural resources of the Four Rivers Heritage Area. Enjoy the ambience of Annapolis — Maryland’s capital city and home of the U.S. Naval Academy — before heading down to visit Historic London Town & Gardens, an 18thcentury tobacco port on the South River. Listen to an audio travelogue tour, “Roots & Tides: A Journey through Southern Anne Arundel County,” available at area heritage sites and visitors centers, as you admire the pastoral landscapes and explore the watermen’s villages of “South County.”
7. Sandy Beaches & Scenic Byways
This Southern Maryland heritage area is “Where Time and Tide Meet.” Around the Chesapeake Bay and two of its tributaries — the Potomac and Patuxent rivers — this beautiful region is characterized by rolling farmland and thousands of barns. Featuring Maryland’s earliest settlement (dating from 1634), Southern Maryland history and museums mingle with a natural wonderland of sandy beaches, fossil-filled shores and ample fishing opportunities.
8. A Susquehanna Sojourn
Which part of American history would you like to explore? Travel along the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway to learn about Native American and Colonial life, our nation’s fight for independence, the industrial revolution, and maritime achievements. Follow canal and rail routes, hike along shaded trails, and watch for wildlife beyond every bend.
9. Bay-utiful Country Adventures
The Heart of Chesapeake Country HERITAGE AREA is situated along the Atlantic Flyway with millions of migrating birds, pristine waterways, quaint waterfront villages and real people in real places. Experience our Native American, Colonial and nautical heritage; the early life of Harriet Tubman, conductor of the Underground Railroad; and cruises along the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. History and nature combine to create unforgettable adventures season after season.
10. Colonial Shorelines & Countryside
Listen to stories of the Chesapeake at more than 40 heritage sites, celebrate the arts in small maritime towns such as Easton, Chestertown, Denton and Stevensville, and discover the natural beauty of the Chesapeake Bay at recreational sites and waterside vistas. Tour the last great American Colonial landscape, a part of Maryland’s Eastern Shore once known as the breadbasket of the American Revolution. Today it remains one of the most protected landscapes outside the American West. www.storiesofthechesapeake.org
11. Blue Crab Scenic Water & Trail Byways
Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, the Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Area boasts a host of museums, parks, historic mansions, discovery centers and quaint downtowns, as well as hiking, biking and waterway trails, archeological and architecturally significant sites, and Native American and African-American cultural sites. Sample succulent seafood and fresh produce, and enjoy marshland, oceanside locales or the pristine countryside as you amble between charming towns like Berlin, Snow Hill and Pocomoke City.