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The State Tree

MARYLAND has chosen for its tree the White Oak.
The magnificent specimen shown here is known as
the Wye Oak and is located at Wye Mills on the Eastern
Shore. It is now owned by the State (Chapter 731, Acts
of 1941.)

Maryland State Song

THE Maryland State song, "Maryland, My Maryland,"
'—'was written by a Marylander who was living in the
Confederacy during the War between the States. The air
is not original; the words reflect the bitter feeling follow-
ing the passage through Baltimore of Union troops in
1861. (Chapter 451, Acts of 1939).


Captain John Smith explores

coast of Maryland . . ............... June, 1608

Charter of Maryland granted to

Second Lord Baltimore ... ....... June 20, 1632

The Ark and the Dove sail for "The Capes of the

Chesapeake Bay" November 22, 1633
The Art and the Dove, arrive at St. Clements

(Blakistone) Island March 25, 1634
World's first law of Religious Freedom passed . . . . 1649
Seat of government removed from St. Mary's to

Annapolis . ........ 1694

King William's School founded at Annapolis 1696
Baltimore-Town erected ........ July 30, 1729

Mason and Dixon begin survey of

Maryland boundary ........... 1763

Peggy Stewart, laden with 2,000 pounds of

taxable tea, burned . . October 19, 1774
Formation of "Association of Freemen" . July 26, 1775
Maryland declares her independence . . July 3, 1776
First State Constitution adopted ...... November, 1776

Washington College, Chestertown, chartered ..... 1782

Annapolis becomes temporary

National Capital ..... November 26, 1783
Washington resigns commission in Old Senate

Chamber, Annapolis ........... December 23, 1783

St. John's College, Annapolis, chattered .......... 1784

State Convention at Annapolis ratifies Constitution

of the United States ................April 28, 1788

Maryland cedes District of Columbia to the

United States ...... ............... March 30, 1791

British repulsed at the Battle of

North Point . . .......... September 12, 1814

Bombardment of Fort McHenry; Francis Scott Key

writes "The Star Spangled Banner" . Sept. 12, 1814
Beginning of work on (irst railroad in America

(The Baltimore and Ohio) . .... July 4, 1828
Chesapeake and Delaware Canal opened October 17, 1829
First telegraph line in the world built between

Baltimore and Washington . ............ 1844

United States Naval Academy opened at

Annapolis ......... . .......... October 10, 1845

"Maryland, My Maryland" written by

James Ryder Randall . ............. April 23, 1861

Battle of Antic-tain (Sharpsburg). . . September 17, 1862
Battle of Monocacy . .............. July 9, 1864

Chesapeake Bay Bridge dedicated ........ July 30, 1952

Baltimore Harbor Tunnel opened to

traffic ............... .... . . November 30, 1957

By direction of the President of the United

States, Fort McHenry is site of the first

official raising of the 49 Star Flag ..... July 4, 1959

Printed and distributed by the

Division of Information

Department of Economic Development

Annapolis, Maryland



Flag, Seal, Song,
Flower, Bird and Tree

J. Millard Tawes

Governor of Maryland


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