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Allegany County
Thunder Mountain - A train ride that covers a 1,300 foot change in elevation--glimpses of scenery hidden for decades--300 years of history tied together by a ribbon of steel Thrasher Carriage Museum - Travel to a time when craftsmen practiced the art of carriage making
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Horizon Organic Dairy Farm - Learn about the important relationships between agriculture & the environment as you visit one of Maryland's many dairy farms. Chesapeake Children's Museum, a museum about the Chesapeake Bay
The Maryland State House is the oldest State Capitol still in use.
Londontown Publik House & Gardens - Georgian architecture & colonial living; ongoing archaeological dig on the site, conducted by archaeologists from the Lost Towns Project; 8 acres of woodland gardens! The U.S. Naval Academy 's mission is "To develop midshipmen morally, mentally & physically . . . to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship & government."
The Banneker-Douglass Museum "is dedicated to preserving Maryland's African American heritage, and serves as the state's official repository of African American material culture." The Shiplap House - was built about 1715, making it one of the oldest surviving buildings in Annapolis. The owner combined inn-keeping with the business of a "sawyer," cutting lumber into lengths suitable for building houses and ships.
Hancock's Resolution - Learn about one of few existing stone buildings Built in 1784 – 1785 in Anne Arundel County that served as a signal point to warn Baltimore of the approaching British fleet and was one of many farms that utilized Maryland's waterways to transport produce to Baltimore and other ports.
 
 
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USS Constellation - The last all sail war ship built by the US Navy . . . before the US Navy went to all steam powered vessels. Hands-on experiences! Learn how this mighty sailing machine was powered, propelled and controlled. National Museum of Dentistry - Museum highlights will include a dental play station, a tour of Branches, Bristles and Batteries: Toothbrushes Through Time, the Penny Wilson Iron Jaw (Ms. Wilson performed a famous iron jaw act in the 1950's when she did her death defying feat of teeth suspended in mid-air only to be held aloft by her bite piece. The original bite piece is housed in the Museum's permanent gallery), and 32 Terrific Teeth.
Maryland Science Center - More than you can imagine! IMAX, too. Robert Long House - the oldest residence in Baltimore City (1765)!
U.S. Star Spangled Banner House - The home of Mary Pickersgill who made the huge flag which flew over Ft. McHenry in 1814. B & O Railroad Museum includes a wide variety of steam locomotives -- arguably the most historic collection found in the United States.
U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame which includes a history of lacrosse Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, home of a great American writer
The Great Blacks In Wax Museum, Inc . - a wax museum committed to the study & preservation of African American history . . . life-size, life-like wax figures highlight historical & contemporary people of African ancestry The Maryland Historical Society - houses a priceless collection of treasures & everyday objects which celebrate Maryland's diversity & richness
Fort McHenry, home of the Star-Spangled Banner
Baltimore Civil War Museum - Technically, Maryland belonged to the Union during the Civil War. But the truth is more complicated than that . . . the Museum tries to untangle these various threads of history Baltimore Museum of Industry - If you are interested in the history of work in Baltimore, then this is the place for you. If you think this subject is boring, they will prove you wrong!
Port Discovery - Three floors of endless, interactive fun for the whole family. An amazing array of hands-on activities & adventures. Walters Art Gallery, Henry Walters' (1848-1931) gift of 22,000 works of art to the City of Baltimore.
The National Aquarium in Baltimore is one of the most sophisticated & technologically advanced aquariums in existence Babe Ruth Museum - rare photos, film highlights, & everything else you would want to know about "The Babe"
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Hampton House - a vast estate from the 1700s.which tells the story of a seven generation family business, early American industry & commerce, & changing cultural tastes. Fire Museum of Maryland - Through its collection of hand pulled, horse drawn and motorized fire fighting equipment, the history of fire fighting in the United States from the colonial days to the present is brought to life.
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Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum - a state history & archaeology museum exploring the changing cultures & environment of the Chesapeake Bay region of the past 12,000 years Calvert Marine Museum, a museum about the collection, preservation, research, & interpretation of the culture & natural history of Southern Maryland
Battle Creek Cypress Swamp - A sub-tropical tree found mostly in the Carolinas and Southeast, cypress stands are unusual this far north. The Battle Creek cypress stand is presumed to have established itself sometime in the last 10,000 years. Linden - A near-town farm, Linden is unique for its collection of most of outbuildings. There are presently ten. The architecture of the main building and the collection of service buildings are beautifully set on the land.
Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, Annmarie is located in scenic Solomons, Maryland, on the Chesapeake Bay. The sculpture garden features a walking path that meanders through the forest, past permanent and loaned sculpture, including more than 30 works of art on loan from the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art. The garden also presents a variety of award-winning special events, gallery shows, and engaging public art programs. Annmarie’s Studio School offers creative classes for all ages and abilities taught by a talented faculty. The garden is conveniently located just off Route 2-4, on Dowell Road in Solomons. Annmarie is open 9am-5pm daily; the Arts Building and Gift Shop is open 10am-5pm daily. To learn more, visit www.annmariegarden.org .
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Old Harford Town Maritime Wharf - a vast estate from the 1700s.which tells the story of a seven generation family business, early American industry & commerce, & changing cultural tastes. Adkins Arboretum - a new breed of arboreta where you will discover the native flora of the Delmarva Peninsula.
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Carroll County Farm Museum presents rural life as it was in the 19th Century Union Mills Homestead - a family homestead for six generations, now a museum of American life
Cecil County       [top of
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Mt. Harmon Plantation, a three-story brick structure built about 1730 & is an excellent example of Georgian architecture. Rodgers Tavern - a monument to the country's early history and a reminder of a past way of life
Plumpton Park Zoo - More than just a zoo!  
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Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House, Dr. Mudd was imprisoned (and later pardoned) for tending to the broken leg of John Wilkes Booth Port Tobacco One-Room Schoolhouse - built in 1876 by the towns people with funds from the county and used as a school until 1953,
Thomas Stone National Historic Site - plantation home of Thomas Stone, one of Maryland's four signers of the Declaration of Independence Smallwood Retreat House -a memorial to the life and public service of William Smallwood, a Revolutionary War officer and Governor of Maryland
Dorchester County       [top of
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The Neild Museum - items illustrating industrial and agricultural life in Dorchester County from pre-colonial times to the recent past
Frederick County       [top of
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Rose Hill Manor - A fine example of rural federal period architecture . . the last home of Maryland's first elected Governor, Thomas Johnson. Includes a Children's Museum, Carriage House & Farm Museum. The National Museum of Civil War Medicine - the center for the study & interpretation of the medical history of the War Between the States
Fort Frederick State Park - the site of Maryland's frontier defense during the French & Indian War (1754-1763), the Fort's stone wall & two barracks have been restored to their 1758 appearance South Mountain - an historic park with over 10,000 acres for year-round hiking along the Appalachian Trail.
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Savage River State Forest - at 52,812 acres, is the largest facility in the state forest and park system Mt. Nebo - this 2,000-acre tract of land protects one of the most unique wetlands in Maryland, a red spruce bog
Harford County       [top of
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Cal Ripken Museum - embodies the amazing spirit of a family that truly exemplifies a sense of loyalty, dedication & perseverance
Havre de Grace Decoy Museum - one of the finest collections of working & decorative Chesapeake Bay decoys ever assembled Concord Point Lighthouse - the oldest continually used lighthouse on the East Coast
Ladew Topiary Gardens - topiary figures show a huntsman & hounds chasing a fox. Includes swans, seahorses, a unicorn, giraffe, & more.
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Savage Mill - Historic shopping mill Sharp's  - at Waterford Farm
Kent County           [top of
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Watermans Museum - The watermen's own museum--exhibits on oystering, crabbing, & fishing
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Clara Barton House - home of the founder of the American Red Cross. Chesapeake & Ohio Canal - a national historical park-- a pathway into history, nature & recreation
Glen Echo - Be sure to check out their carousel, the yurts, and the Bumper cars! National Trolley Museum - preserves & interprets the history of Washington's electric street railways
Sandy Spring Museum - all about how Sandy Spring came to be Brookside Gardens - spectacular 50-acre public display gardens
Woodlawn Manor Living History Museum - Woodlawn Manor Living History Museum in Montgomery County, Maryland offers a variety of educational programs keyed to social studies curriculum and environmental studies for students and groups of all ages...especially elementary grade levels.  
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Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, a leading international research institute for wildlife & environmental research ( Prince George's County) Surratt House Museum, home of Mary Surratt, accused of participating in the conspiracy to assassinate President Lincoln.
Accokeek Foundation, a living museum dedicated to care of the land Marietta House Museum,  - plantation home of Gabriel Duvall, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, appointed in 1811
Goddard Space Flight Center - has mission responsibility for Earth Science, Space Science, & Technology Mt. Airy Plantation - according to the home's long-standing tradition.... it has played host to a number of ghosts!
Northampton Slave Quarters Archaeological Site - Historians and archaeologists are working reconstruct the lives of the many slaves and tenant farmers who lived at Northampton Plantation. Detailed information about the life of one slave, Elizabeth Hawkins, was obtained from descendants who live in the area. Fort Washington Park - The first Fort Washington was completed in 1809 and guarded the Nation’s Capital until it was destroyed by its own garrison in 1814. It was the only defense for the Nation’s Capital until the Civil War when a circle of temporary forts was built around the city.
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Wye Island - has a camp & a lodge
Saint Mary's County       [top of
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Piney Point Lighthouse Museum - the saga of lighthouses on the Potomac River St. Clement's Island Museum - Come & visit the people who made Maryland a reality
Historic St. Mary's City - the fourth permanent settlement in British North America, Maryland's first capital. Restored. Sotterly Plantation - older than Mount Vernon, older than Monticello, older than the nation, it is the only remaining Tidewater Plantation in Maryland open to the public
Somerset County       [top of
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The Smith Island Center - a museum on Maryland's only inhabited Chesapeake Bay island--you go by boat!  
Talbot County       [top of
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Avalon Theater - beautifully restored art-deco theater offering a year-round schedule of performing arts, community events, & educational programs Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum - where the stories of the Bay & its people come alive!
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Sidling Hill - One of the best rock exposures in Maryland and indeed in the entire northeastern United States (also has museum) Harpers Ferry National Historical Park - The story of Harpers Ferry is more than one event, one date, or one individual. It involves a diverse number of people and events that influenced the course of our nation's history. Harpers Ferry witnessed the first successful application of interchangeable manufacture, the arrival of the first successful American railroad, John Brown's attack on slavery, the largest surrender of Federal troops during the Civil War, and the education of former slaves in one of the earliest integrated schools in the United States.
Antietam National Battlefield - This Civil War site marks the end of General Robert E. Lee's first invasion of the North in September 1862
Fort Frederick - the cornerstone of Maryland's frontier defense during the French & Indian War (1754-1763). It served as an important supply base for English campaigns
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts - exhibitions, musical concerts, lectures, films, art classes & special events for children & adults throughout the year John Brown's Farm was the headquarters from which John Brown (1800-1859) planned & executed his raid on the Federal armory at Harpers Ferry in October 1859
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Ward Museum of Waterfowl Art - The most comprehensive collection of wildfowl carving in the world Salisbury Zoo - A hidden jewel in the forest. Alligators, river otters, jaguars, spider monkeys, spectacled bears and bison and a large bird area
Excel Interactive Science Museum - ExceL started out in the garage of aerospace engineer to help local kids with their science fair projects. Over the years Excel has been located in North Salisbury Square, the old Salisbury Mall and in its current location, the Centre at Salisbury. They now have over 1500 square feet of exhibit space and a 10-station computer lab, sponsored by the Wicomico Free Library.
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Ocean City Life Saving Museum - Dedicated to collecting & preserving the history of the United States Life-Saving Service on the Eastern Shore. The museum also houses the history and heritage of Ocean City, Maryland. Assateague Island National Seashore - beach, dunes, forest, marsh, & bay in a wet and wild setting . . . surrounded by the pounding surf of the Atlantic Ocean and shallow expanses of Chincoteague Bay. . . wild horses & birds are among many kinds of island wildlife.

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