Maryland, a Land of Contradictions

Today is National Maryland Day. Before we get into all the contradictions that are Maryland, let me first acknowledge that today is the Feast Day of Saint Bartholomew, the Apostle. Perhaps we’ll celebrate his Feast Day in detail another time. Today is about Maryland.

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Exploring Maryland

At the southernmost tip of the state of Maryland on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay sits the site of St. Mary’s City. Today it is a large, state-run historic area that includes a reconstruction of the original colonial settlement, a living history area and museum complex. These comprise half of the area, the remaining half is occupied by the campus of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, a public honors college.

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Welcome to Maryland

Maryland is a state of conflicting history. Maryland, the 7th state to join the Union, with a coastal location deeply rooted a maritime heritage. Not all Americans are familiar with the battle at Baltimore’s Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. Yet every American recognizes the description of the the battle as bombs bursting in air. It was then that Francis Scott Key penned the poem that would one day become the words to our National Anthem.

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