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.
Diane and Jeff’s ninth Maryland county on their twenty-three counties and Baltimore City exploration was Charles County. They continue to explore through the lens of staying outdoors and finding landscape preservation through trails, conservancies, preserves, and old railroad lines converted into trails.
Frome Diane and Jeff’s Travelogue
With COVID-19 still restricting what we can do safely, we still find ways to buy, eat and drink local where we can. In our prior visit we focused on a lot of the historic sites and pretty much bisected the county from north to south. This time, we tried not to pack too much in our day to slow down and enjoy what we discovered.
Apple, key lime, and pumpkin get all the love. Today, on National Pie Day, why not celebrate with a Maryland classic: White Potato Pie! The origins of the White Potato Pie are murky, with some recipes noting that it was a poor man’s dessert, created by those who could not afford high-class ingredients. Joyce White, a culinary historian, and consultant who has worked with Riversdale and guest-curated for the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, suspects this pie has its origins in Maryland’s agricultural history.
In this feature, Preservation Maryland is exploring the unique history of five county flags across the state
The design of the county flag comes from the family coat of arms of Richard Montgomery. It was adopted in 1976 and features a fleur-de-lis, alluding to the family’s French ancestry and a gold ring, which signifies “royal favor and protection.” According to the county history, the red and blue of the flag must be the same shades as those used in United States flag, and the gold must match the one used in the Maryland state flag.