Maryland History

Maryland’s rich history comes to life along the Historic National Road and in its museums and Civil War battlefields.

Historic Annapolis waterfront
Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
B & O Railroad Museum - home to one of the world's most comprehensive American railroad collections
Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, MD
Antietam National Battlefield
National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Maryland
National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Frederick
Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, MD
National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Maryland

The Historic National Road

Perhaps the easiest way to appreciate Maryland’s history is to drive along the Historic National Road. Stretching from Baltimore to Keyser’s Ridge, this scenic byway traverses destinations such as Baltimore’s B&O Railroad Museum and the C&O Canal Visitor Center in Cumberland, the town which also served as George Washington’s headquarters during the French and Indian War.

Along your drive, be sure to stop off in Frederick County, where many different chapters of local history converge. Visit the gravesite of Star Spangled Banner composer Francis Scott Key, or rifle through the past in one of the area’s many antique shops.

Civil War History in Maryland

Civil War enthusiasts will also enjoy visiting Monocacy National Battlefield and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. For more “War Between the States” history, head to Antietam, where 23,000 soldiers were killed or wounded on September 17, 1862, the largest loss of life on any single day in American military history.

Maryland’s Museums

Maryland’s history and culture can be further explored at any one of the state’s museums, including Baltimore’s Walters Art Museum and Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, once home to the famously macabre poet, or the Annapolis Maritime Museum.

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