Come and discover the Old Line State from abandoned places in Maryland to 5-star restaurants
The absorbing series about Maryland saw us covering the facts and history of the state from the colonial times to its independence. But how is it today?
Known as the Old Line State, Maryland has a variety of land and sea features from sandy dunes to low marshlands and rolling hills of oak forests. It is very rich in history and cultural significance. It was also home to many prominent personalities like Babe Ruth and Edgar Allan Poe.
It will take more than a day to list all the facts about this state, so we are narrowing it down to three. Here are things you must know about Maryland State:
Experience the wonder of blue crabs.
Maryland is known for crabs, particularly, blue crabs. The Maryland experience will not be complete without trying this local delicacy. And there’s no better time to do so than the summer season. People from near and far go to Maryland to satisfy their craving for blue crabs during crab season. There are many choices to choose from for this unforgettable experience, from small seaside places to 5-star restaurants—just find something that can cater to your taste. But remember, the Marylanders are fond of steaming crabs instead of boiling them, as it makes the crabmeat moist rather than wet.
There is beauty in ruins.
There are many splendid structures in Maryland that have been reclaimed by nature. If you are one to be fascinated with ruins, then checking out the abandoned places in Maryland will pique your interest and love for history. There is the Mallows Bay, a resting place for more than 230 World War I steamships. It was one of the sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The abandoned railway in Edward Creek Trestle, Ocean City, can also be a spooky yet oddly charming sight. But if you are feeling a little braver, you can drop by the “Hell House.” It is actually the ruins of St. Mary’s College where rumors of ghosts and haunted spirits abound.
Revisit the glory of the past.
From art to Civil War relics, museums are everywhere in Maryland. For history buffs, the National Museum of Civil War Medicine will give you seven thousand square feet of exhibits on two floors. There will be amputation kits and re-creation of field hospitals. It is not only a treat for the eyes but also a learning experience. As home to the first dental school, Maryland also has the National Museum of Dentistry where you can see George Washington’s dentures and Queen Victoria’s dental instruments. If you are into the arts but have had enough of the glamorous works of the famous and the masters, then you might like to try the American Visionary Art Museum where you can witness the art of farmers, postmen, and the mentally ill exhibited without discrimination.
I hope I’m tempting you to visit Maryland. If you are interested to know more about this fascinating state, you may browse my past blog posts. You can also connect with me through Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.
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Atlas Obscura. “The American Visionary Art Museum.” Places. Accessed August 14, 2017. http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-american-visionary-art-museum.