It’s National Beer Day, and we’ll drink to that! If you’re from Maryland, you know that Baltimore’s National Bohemian beer holds a special place in the hearts of Marylanders – nearly 90% of Natty Boh sales are still made in Baltimore. Today we’re looking at the history of this Baltimore-born brewing company, a former Baltimore bottling plant, and some of our favorite local spots operating around the state today.
Maryland Day is the anniversary of when the first European settlers landed in Maryland. They disembarked from ships called the Ark and the Dove and landed on St. Clement’s Island in St. Mary’s County on March 25th, 1634. Marylanders began celebrating the anniversary in 1903 when the State Board of Education declared the day an important one in Maryland’s history. In 1916, Maryland Day became a legal state holiday. Today Preservation Maryland is celebrating Maryland Day by featuring our state’s 23 counties and one independent city. Read below for a unique historic place to visit in each county.
While Marylanders are well known for their pride in their state flag, they are also known for their love of crabs — and the Old Bay that they sprinkle on them. Crabs are a staple in Maryland. Boiled, steamed, broiled, sautéed. Crab soup, crab cakes, crab dip. There are many ways to cook crabs and incorporate their meat into dishes. The possibilities for enjoying them are endless. Why are Marylanders so obsessed with crabs? What is the history of crabbing in Maryland? Well, people in Maryland have been crabbing for centuries.
On February 28, 1827, Maryland merchants and bankers came together to charter the Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Railroad. The oldest railroad in the United States, the B&O Railroad connected over thirteen states with rail lines. This railroad was the first common carrier line in the country, transporting passengers and goods for a fee. Although it was chartered in 1827, construction for the railroad did not begin until July 4 the following year. The B&O railroad was revolutionary for its time, crossing numerous rivers and laying tracks on undeveloped land; in total, the railroad spanned 4,535 miles. It also played a crucial role in the Civil War, as the Union used the lines to ship supplies to hundreds of its troops across various states. The B&O company operated from 1828-1987 — a total of 159 years.