Maryland gets its name from Queen Henrietta Maria of England. It is a state in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. It shares borders with Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Would you believe that Maryland was the first state to designate a state exercise? On October 1, 2008, walking became the state exercise.
During the seventeenth century, the state’s capital – Annapolis, was known as the Athens of America. International leaders from France, Holland, Germany, and Scotland convened here to sign the peace treaty of Paris ending the revolutionary war.
Maryland Facts Trivia Questions and Answers
If you enjoy watching celebrities like David Hasselhoff then you may be aware that he was born in Baltimore, Maryland. It is here he spent his early years before going on to be the star of shows like Young Sheldon, Knight Rider, Baywatch, and Close Enough.
We’ve handpicked intriguing facts about Maryland that will help you virtually explore the state. Take the quiz below!
1. Maryland has three sometimes-used nicknames, what are they?
2. The town of Greenbelt, Maryland was laid out by the Federal Government. During which time period did this occur?
3. Maryland is considered by many to be the birthplace of what?
4. The Charter for Maryland was granted by Charles I to Cecilius Calvert on?
5. Most of the English colonists arrived in Maryland as indentured servants, and had to serve a several years’ term as laborers to pay for what?
6. Greenbelt, Maryland, is the first planned community in the United States. During what period of American history was it planned?
7. What was the first capital of Maryland?
8. With reference of the title of this quiz, the state song of Maryland is called “Maryland, My Maryland”. Who wrote it?
9. In its earliest colonial days, Maryland was a refuge for persecuted what?
10. In 1743, the first professional sports organization in the United States was formed in Baltimore. What was it?
11. In April 2007 Maryland joined the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and three Canadian provinces to reduce what?
12. The Federal Government arranged for the first permanent example of a transportation facility to be built in College Park, Maryland. Still standing, what type of transport took place there?
13. During the War of 1812, the British attempted to capture Fort McHenry and during the bombardment of the Fort, what song was written?
14. “Maryland Day” is a celebration to commemorate:
15. What is Maryland’s largest city?
16. In which Maryland county is Greenbelt located?
17. The purebred Chesapeake Bay Retriever dog was bred specifically for water sports, hunting and search and was the first individual retriever breed recognized by who?
18. Where in Maryland was the “Star-Spangled Banner” Written?
19. What is Maryland’s capital?
20. Baltimore is part of U.S. aviation history with the first manned what?
21. How big is Maryland in square miles?
22. The Battle of Antietam (fought in Maryland) has a special historical distinction. What is it?
23. What is next largest state to Maryland and is almost twice its size?
24. In 1816, Baltimore was the first U.S. city to illuminate its streets using what type of fuel?
25. On February 2, 1781, Maryland became the 13th state to do what?
26. One of the worst defeats in history for the US military occurred at the Battle of Bladensburg. An army made up of militia units, US Marines, and US sailors faced off against an army from which nation?
27. Where does Maryland rank in total energy consumption compared to the rest of the states?
28. After the Federal government built the Greenbelt row houses, who actually owned them?
29. Most of Maryland’s waterways are part of the what?
30. What is the highest point in the state with an elevation of 3,360 feet?
31. Baltimore is home to one of the first permanent monuments to which U.S. president?
32. The largest man-made lake, a reservoir in Garrett County in westernmost Maryland, is named what?
33. During the Civil War, Maryland was considered to be?
34. Maryland’s eastern half lies on the Atlantic what?
35. The state flag of Maryland is the coat of arms of which two founding Maryland families?
36. In 1864 Maryland held a constitutional convention that resulted in the passage of a new state constitution which included Article 24 which abolished what?
37. In 1829, the famous Tom Thumb was built in Baltimore. What form of transportation was it?
38. Maryland is somewhat vulnerable to what type of weather events?
39. Maryland was the destination for tens of thousands of English convicts that were to be what?
40. When did the Great Baltimore Fire occur?
41. How many days of thunderstorms does Maryland average per year?
42. Like most small communities in the US, Greenbelt is home to several houses of worship. What is unique about Greenbelt’s synagogue?
43. How many tornado strikes does Maryland receive on average per year?
44. Maryland was the ___________ state to be accepted into the union?
45. Samuel Morse invented the telegraph, which was patented in 1854. Ten years prior, the first telegraph line was erected between Baltimore and what other city?
46. There are rare wild horses on Assateague Island, and each year during the last week of July, they are captured and put up for sale as a conservation technique where?
47. Prince George’s County lost several square miles of territory in the period 1790-1791. Why did this occur?
48. The wild horses on Assateague Island are believed to be descended from what?
49. What kind of animal is the mascot of the University of Maryland, College Park?
50. This Marylander served two terms as Maryland’s Governor and two terms as Mayor of Baltimore City:
51. In the Puritan revolt, during the persecution of Catholics, what did the Protestants burn down?
52. Baltimore was the first city to erect a statue to which of these authors?
53. Even though the majority of the settlers were Protestant, Maryland soon became one of the few regions in the English Empire where Catholics held what?
54. Except for a couple of years in the 1640s, religious tolerance was achieved for how many years in the Maryland colony?
55. The United States Naval Academy in Annapolis holds the tomb of what naval hero who was famously quoted as saying “I have not yet begun to fight”?
56. The first African-American to serve on the supreme court was from Baltimore. Who was he?
57. In December 1790, Maryland donated land to the federal government for the creation of the new capital of Washington, D.C.. Who selected the land to be donated?
58. Opening its first section of track for regular operation in 1830,what was the first chartered railroad in the U.S.?
59. For whom was Prince George’s County, Maryland, named?
60. How many casualties were there at the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862, the single bloodiest day in American military history?
61. What is the state sport of Maryland?
62. Lincoln ordered some pro-South members of the state legislature and others including the Mayor of Baltimore jailed where?
63. In April 1861, troops marched through Baltimore towards the B&O Camden Station to continue their journey to Washington, D.C., and along the way were attacked by an unruly mob marking what?
64. In 1972, a Presidential candidate was shot while he was campaigning at Laurel Shopping Center in Laurel, MD. Who was this candidate?
65. More than 1,231 firefighters, coming from cities as far away as New York, worked to bring the Great Baltimore Fire of February 8, 1904 under control as the fire burned for how long?
66. During its early years, visitors frequented Greenbelt to see what the planned community was like. In order to keep up appearances, what peculiar law did the local government enforce?
67. What is the state flower of Maryland?
68. The first U.S. Navy vessels were built in Baltimore’s Fells Point Harbor, which produced many of the warships used in the War of 1812. The USS Constellation is one of the most famous. What type of war ship was Baltimore famous for producing?
69. What is the official name of the Bay Bridge?
70. What is the name of the University of Maryland’s terrapin mascot?
71. Name an invention that hails from Baltimore?
72. How many gold medals does Maryland Olympian Michael Phelps have?