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Maryland might have been the seventh state in the Union, but it is home to many fascinating and fun firsts.

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Historic National Road
Historic National Road
Photo By: Clark Vandergrift
Step back in time at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, learn about the many everyday items invented in Baltimore.
Step back in time at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, learn about the many everyday items invented in Baltimore.
B&O Railroad Museum Station

1 First American Railroad

The B&O (Baltimore and Ohio) Railroad was chartered in 1827 and began regular passenger service from Baltimore in 1830. Discover more about this rail tale at Baltimore’s B&O Railroad Museums in Ellicott City and Baltimore.


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History & Heritage


Location:
117 E Liberty St
Oakland, MD 21550


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2 First Religious Freedom

In 1649, the Maryland Toleration Act was adopted in Maryland’s Colonial capital, St. Mary’s City, as the first law promoting religious freedom in the nation.


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Attraction


Location:
Rt 5 and Rosecroft Rd
St. Mary's City, MD 20686
240-895-4990


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Radio and Television Museum

3 First Licensed TV Station

Wheaton’s W3XK went on the air in 1929 as the nation’s first TV station. Learn more about Maryland’s on-air history at the National Capital Radio and Television Museum in Bowie.


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History & Heritage


Location:
2608 Mitchelville Rd
Bowie, MD 20716
301-390-1020


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Step back in time at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, learn about the many everyday items invented in Baltimore.

4 First Wholesale Ice Cream Production

Sweet treat pioneer Jacob Fussell opened a wholesale ice cream plant in Baltimore in 1851. Visit the Baltimore Museum of Industry to find out more about the city’s and state’s industrial past. 


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Location:
1415 Key Hwy
Baltimore, MD 21230
410-727-4808


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Historic National Road

5 First National Road

The Federal Government’s first major highway project began in Cumberland in 1811 and eventually, the Historic National Road stretched from Baltimore to East St. Louis, Missouri. Much of it is still drivable today, and there’s an app to guide you along.

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George Washington Statue at Washington College Photo By: Washington College

6 First School Named for George Washington

Not only was Chestertown’s Washington College, chartered in 1782, the first school named after Washington, it’s the only school so named with his blessing. He even served on the governing board.

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Western Maryland Railroad Photo
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Location:
117 E Liberty St
Oakland, MD 21550
Historic St. Mary's City re-enactor
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Location:
Rt 5 and Rosecroft Rd
St. Mary's City, MD 20686
Radio and Television Museum
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Location:
2608 Mitchelville Rd
Bowie, MD 20716
Baltimore Museum of Industry exterior
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Location:
1415 Key Hwy
Baltimore, MD 21230
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