Monday, 9 October 2017

State of the Month – Maryland

Here is the 20th  instalment of my monthly feature going through the States of the United States in alphabetical order to check out how they got named, what their flag is like and other things of interest.

Maryland is one of the original 13 Colonies. Maryland is not large geographically but is densely populated.  It's about the same size as Belgium.

Location – Maryland borders 4 other states – Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware – and Washington DC.  The State is almost bisected by Chesapeake Bay

Origin of name – named after Henrietta Maria (Queen of Charles I)

Nicknames – Old Line State, Free State


Capital – Annapolis (largest city – Baltimore)

Flower – Black-eyed Susan

State Tree – White Oak

Bird – Baltimore Oriole

Signature foods – Steamed crabs (blue and soft shell), Crab cakes, Chicken Maryland, Smith Island Cake

Famous places – US Naval Academy, Fort McHenry National Monument, Ocean City Beach, Historic Annapolis

Famous businesses/brands – Under Armour, Black & Decker

Famous people from Maryland – Spiro Agnew, Nancy Pelosi, Thurgood Marshall (US Supreme Ct Justice), Carl Bernstein, Tom Clancy, Anne Tyler, Leon Uris, Cass Elliot, Billie Holiday, Joan Jett, David Hasselhoff, Babe Ruth – there's an eclectic list for you!

Go to this Pinboard to see the States of the Month so far.


  1. I've never heard of Smith Island Cake before. Need to research that one!

  2. I love the idea of this series. I have to check out the previous 19 now.

  3. Our holiday to Baltimore was wonderful for many reasons – for the natural beauty of the countryside, for the fact that we actually got to relax


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