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Five facts about Maryland Day, observed Monday

On this day, 385 years ago, settlers first stepped foot on Maryland soil
Two empty deck chairs sit facing the Chesapeake Bay at sunset in St. Michaels, Maryland, 02 August 2007.

MARYLAND, USA — Maryland, the seventh state, turned 385 years old Monday. Here are some fun facts about the state to commemorate the holiday.

  • On March 25, 1634, the first European settlers, sailing on The Ark and The Dove, landed in the Province of Maryland. 
  • The settlers first stepped foot on Maryland soil at St. Clement's Island.
  • Maryland is known for its expansive Chesapeake Bay waterfront.
  • Maryland's Mount Clare Station was the first railroad station in the United States. It was built in Baltimore, Md. in 1830.
  • Maryland was named after Queen Henrietta Maria (Queen Mary), the wife of King Charles I. 

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