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Maryland Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database


on February 7, 2023

1876 artwork by Henry Mitchell, via Wikipedia Commons

 Maryland ranks seventh among states and provinces with markers in this database. Maryland is a state in the United States of America located in the American Northeast. It is also in the Mid-Atlantic region. Maryland is some 12 thousand square miles in size with a population of around 6 million people. The state is divided into 24 counties and an independent city and all of them have entries in this database. In Maryland we have discovered historical markers in 486 cities and towns lying in 397 different ZIP Codes.

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There are at least 6,597 historical markers in Maryland, by our count. We have cataloged 6,595 historical markers and 492 war memorials—each individually presented on 7,033 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. Pages for historical markers from this state make up 3.5% of our total. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another two historical markers in Maryland that we don’t yet have, and instead show on our Want List. Our correspondents have been finding and adding hundreds of markers a month to the database from all over the world, so next time you visit this page you will probably find that the numbers here have changed.

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The first Maryland marker in the database, State Of Maryland, was added November 9, 2005 while the database was being designed and tested (the Historical Marker Database went live January 1, 2006). It was photographed near Aberdeen in Harford County. The last one added was submitted on February 6, 2023, and titled Weber Memorial Garden. It is in College Park in Prince George's County. Keeping in mind that the erection date of many markers in the database is not known, one of the earliest historical markers we know of in Maryland was erected in 1792. More than one was erected that year. This one of them: Original Federal Boundary Stone, District of Columbia, Northwest 8, and one of our correspondents found it in Chevy Chase in Montgomery County on July 29, 2020.

Maryland Historical Topics
1,295 • Civil War
1,250 • Industry and Commerce
950 • Colonial Era
898 • Waterways and Vessels
808 • Settlements and Settlers
758 • African Americans
676 • Churches and Religion
587 • Education
451 • War of 1812
412 • Architecture
    ... and others ...

Marylanders don’t want to forget their Civil War history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from Maryland about the Civil War—1,295 of them—than about any other historical topic. A close second is Industry and Commerce with 1,250 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Civil War topic was Rockville, added January 9, 2006. It had been erected in Rockville in Montgomery County. The last one submitted was submitted on January 27, 2023, and titled Camp Stanton. It had been erected in 2021 in Benedict in Charles County. The earliest marker erected with the Civil War topic that we have listed was erected in 1861. It is Capt. Samuel G. Prather, was found near Clear Spring in Washington County on December 5, 2009.

What is the most interesting historical marker in Maryland? What we know is that Still on Patrol is the most viewed entry in the database from Maryland since it was added in 2008. It is located in Annapolis in Anne Arundel County. This year so far, the most viewed Marylander entry is located in North East in Cecil County. It is The North East Nazarene Camp.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The Maryland county or independent city with the most historical markers listed in this database is the independent city of Baltimore, with 1005 of them. It is followed by Washington County with 864 markers. In Washington County the area with the most markers, 417, is Sharpsburg.

Historical Markers in These
Maryland Counties and an independent city
1,005 • Baltimore
864 • Washington County
714 • Montgomery County
611 • Prince George's County
548 • Frederick County
440 • Anne Arundel County
317 • St. Mary's County
301 • Baltimore County
292 • Allegany County
198 • Harford County
    ... and others ...

Checking the database for the city or town in Maryland with the most markers we again find Baltimore at the top of the list with 1005 markers in or near it. And Sharpsburg also shows up again in next place, with 417 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers it’s 21782 at the top of the list with 420 markers in its delivery area. (ZIP Code 21782 is assigned to Sharpsburg MD.) It is followed by ZIP Code 21230 with 166 markers. (21230 is assigned to Baltimore MD.)

Historical Markers Near These
Maryland Cities and Towns
1,005 • Baltimore
417 • Sharpsburg
238 • Annapolis
224 • Frederick
144 • Cumberland
139 • Hagerstown
109 • St. Mary's City
104 • Rockville
99 • Havre de Grace
79 • Cambridge
    ... and others ...

Getting back to the independent city of Baltimore, the first marker added to the database from there, Orpheus, was added November 22, 2006. . The last one submitted was uploaded on December 26, 2022, and is titled Dr. Levi Watkins Jr. Memorial Fountain. One of the earliest marker erected in Baltimore that we have listed was erected in 1815. More than one was erected that year. This is one of them: To George Washington on September 9, 2007.

Latest entry from Maryland. Click to go there
By Devry Becker Jones, February 5, 2023
Latest Entry from Maryland
“Weber Memorial Garden”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Sharpsburg. The first: Swearingen’s Ferry and Pack Horse Ford, was added July 27, 2007. The last: Battery K, 1st United States Artillery added on March 15, 2022. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1880: The Soldiers Monument, added on April 23, 2008.

Who Puts Up Historical Markers?

The Maryland Historical Trust is currently in charge of the familiar Silver shield with black letters official historical markers found all over the state. We have 194 of their markers in the database. Also, a number of counties and an independent city have erected historical markers on their streets and roads and within their public areas, as have some other cities and towns.

Latest entry from Maryland. Click to go there
By Allen C. Browne, April 22, 2017
A Maryland Historical Trust Historical Marker

Then there are federal government agencies that put up historical markers, especially in national parks and other areas under their jurisdiction. And finally, there are the numerous public and private organizations and individuals that erect markers. Some do this as a continual endeavor, and others once in a while, to mark something, someone, or someplace they find important or interesting. When one of our correspondents comes across one that satisfies our criteria, we add it to the database.

Off the Beaten Path

You’ll find that even the smallest, least populated, or most rural areas of Maryland have been marked with history. Check out Worcester County, Caroline County and Somerset County. We've only found, respectively, 94, 85, and 37 historical markers there. Visiting one or more of these parts of Maryland might make for a pleasant road trip, and maybe you’ll discover more historical markers while you’re there. If you do, perhaps you’ll take the time to photograph them and, when you get home, become an HMdb correspondent by adding them to the database. Happy Hunting!

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Feb. 7, 2023