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Maryland Crazy Laws, Fun Facts and Trivia

Many years ago I visited Maryland and found a state with unmatchable beauty.

Imagine coming across this abandoned bridge on a deserted road as you walk through the woods in Maryland.

Imagine coming across this abandoned bridge on a deserted road as you walk through the woods in Maryland.

Crazy Maryland Laws

  1. A law from the early 1900s prohibits men, in Ocean City, from going topless on the Boardwalk.
  2. It is illegal to wash or scrub sinks in Baltimore no matter how dirty they become.
  3. Clotheslines are banned however, you can drape your clothes on a fence to dry.
  4. No person who is a “tramp” or “vagrant” shall loiter in any park at any time.
  5. In Halethrope, kisses lasting longer than one second are illegal.
  6. In Rockville citizens may not swim in the public fountains within the city limits.
  7. It is illegal to throw bales of hay from a second story window within the city limits of Baltimore.
  8. It is illegal to remove a public building by writing on it.
  9. You may not curse inside the city limits of Baltimore.
  10. In Caroline County you can receive is a $100 fine or six months in jail for forecasting or pretending to tell the future.
  11. You may not grow thistles in your yard.
  12. In Baltimore it is illegal to mistreat oysters.
  13. It is illegal in Columbia to have clotheslines.
  14. A woman may not go through her husbands pocket while he is asleep.
  15. Eating while swimming in the ocean is prohibited.
  16. Wearing a sleeveless shirt in a public park is a park rule violation in Baltimore
  17. In Baltimore there is a $1 fine for blocking the sidewalk with a box.
  18. It is illegal to sell condoms from a vending machine unless the vending machine is in a place where alcoholic beverages are sold for consumption.

Imagine yourself have a picnic along side this stream.

Imagine yourself have a picnic along side this stream.

Maryland Fun Facts and Trivia

  1. The USS Constellation docked in Baltimore is the last ship to survive the civil war.
  2. Annapolis is known as the sailing capital of the world.
  3. The Baltimore Ravens are named after Edgar Allan Poe’s famous poem, The Raven.
  4. On June 24, 1784 in Baltimore, 13 year old Edward Warren went airborne in the first successful manned balloon launch in the US.
  5. Mary Pickersgill designed the flag that flew over Fort McHenry during the was of 1812.
  6. During revolutionary times Rockville was known as Hungerford's Tavern the name of the most famous landmark. One of the first calls to freedom from British rule was heard at the tavern in 1774.
  7. Known for its clean beaches and feral ponies, Assateague Island is visited by over 2.1 million people annually.
  8. Best-selling espionage author Tom Clancy was born at Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore in 1947 and grew up in Northwood.
  9. America's national anthem was written by Frances Scott Key, who was a Maryland lawyer. It is said that he wrote it on September 14, 1818 while watching the bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor.
  10. Maryland is the only state to have developed a distinct breed of dog-the Chesapeake Bay retriever.
  11. Founded in 1727 by William Parks, the Maryland Gazette is the oldest continuously published newspaper in the country.
  12. King Williams School opened in 1696, it was the first school in the US.
  13. Maryland gave up some of its land to help form Washington DC.
  14. The American flag has flown continuously over the monument of Francis Scott Key’s birthplace in Keymar, Maryland since May 30, 1849.
  15. Chincoteague's are famous ponies from Assateague Island.
  16. The Maryland Gazette founded in 1727 is the oldest continuously published newspaper in the US.
  17. Founded in 1683, Oxford gained it's prominence in colonial days by being mandated in 1684 by Maryland legislation as the first and only port of entry on the eastern shore.
  18. Although Maryland was a slave state below the Mason-Dixon Line, the state did not join the Confederacy during the American Civil War.
  19. The Bollman Truss Railroad Bridge in Savage is made of both cast iron and wrought iron. It is the only open railroad bridge of its type anywhere in the world.

Wild horses of Assateague Island

Wild horses of Assateague Island

Assateague Island

Many people are familiar with the wild horses on Assateague Island in Maryland even if they have never been there. Actually, even though most people know that this 32 miles long island in Maryland they don't realize that 1/3 of this wild life island is located in Virginia.

When in this area you really must stop in a visit this amazing island. This island offers so much for your family vacation. The Maryland section contains the majority of Assateague Island National Seashore and Assateague State Park. The Virginia section contains Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and a one-mile stretch of land containing the lifeguarded recreational beach and interpretive facilities.

There is camping both on the beach and further in on land, some areas who welcome pets, along with a gift shop and a restaurant called Pony Express Grill. If you decide to camp there is also a bike trail, boat launch/marina, nature programs, camp sites, camp store, dumping station, food & beverage, fishing, swimming, and nature center.

There are many amenities that you are able to tae part in that would kee4p you and your family on the go for a good week or two. To me it sounds like a relaxing, fun-filled time can be had by all.

Assateague Island Maryland

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This hub was written purely for enjoyment. The facts and laws are for enjoyment.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2010 Susan Hazelton


Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on March 16, 2013:

Thanks KatNance. I'm glad you liked it.

KatNance on March 13, 2013:

wow enjoyed the hub..very interesting

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on July 15, 2010:

Thanks Pamela99, I appreciate it. Thanks for stopping in.

girlincape, the $1 fine tickled my funny bone, too. Thanks for your comment.

Kasey Rubenstein from California on July 14, 2010:

Haha $1 fine? What is the point of even collecting it? Lol. Love these, thanks for the laugh.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 14, 2010:

I have a son who lives in Maryland so I am sending him your link.

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