For history buffs and travelers to Maryland, 2012 is the year: The bicentennial of the War of 1812, the Civil War Sesquicentennial and countless historic sites and battlefields are just a few of the reasons to visit the state now.
Pair a trip to a Civil War battlefield or to this June’s Star-Spangled Sailabration with an overnight stay at one of the state’s 200 B&Bs and inns, which offer unique ties to history. Here are a few examples:
Kitty Knight House Inn & Restaurant– When the British invaded the Eastern Shore during the War of 1812, they torched communities close to the shoreline to protect their forces. As the British approached a hill in Georgetown, Md., where two houses stood, Kitty Knight (according to local reports) convinced Admiral George Cockburn not to burn the houses and to protect her community. She later purchased one of the surviving houses. Today, the property has a deck that overlooks the Sassafras River harbor.
– Henry Harrison Hopkins (cousin of Johns Hopkins) built this Victorian-style property in 1868 in Havre de Grace. Names of two suites – Lafayette and Rochambeau– echo the town’s connections with American history from the Revolution onward. Havre de Grace narrowly missed out on being designated the U.S. Capital in a 1789 vote by the House of Representatives.
- Havre de Grace set for March 17 Azeri Stakes (espn.go.com)
- US Mint unveils ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ coins (hometownannapolis.com)