On this day, 379 years ago, 150 settlers landed on St. Clement’s Island and established the colony of  Maryland.

The day is now a state holiday and is celebrated in both the original capital of St. Marys and the current capital of Annapolis.

With mountains, marshes, rivers, ocean and Chesapeake Bay  – Maryland is sometimes called “America in miniature.”  It’s a small state, measuring just 12, 193 square miles, but it’s the birthplace of Harriet Tubman, Babe Ruth, Billie Holiday, Upton Sinclair, Matthew Henson and of course, our own Johns Hopkins.

Happy birthday, Maryland!

Maryland Dove
Replica of the Dove, one of two ships that carried European settlers to Maryland.