Maryland Leg Of 2010 Tour

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On Thursday, September 30, 2010, I (Stanley Bronstein) walked for 5 hours at the Arundell Mills Mall in Hanover, MD and the surrounding area.

Highlights of the Maryland leg of the tour:

  • I stayed mostly dry.
  • I stayed mostly dry.
  • I stayed mostly dry.
  • I managed to get from the BWI Airport area over to Newark, Delaware, despite the absolutely horrible weather.  It was a short drive (90 minutes), but very nasty along the way.  After analyzing the weather, i figured it was best to make a “go for it” and get to Delaware before the weather could get any worse.
  • I had a massage scheduled at the Maryland mall, but I had to cancel it when I decided to head to Delaware as soon as possible.
  • I made it to my hotel, safe, sound and “almost dry”.  My hotel room apparently had a leak in the roof, so I got the manager to give me another room (that’s how bad the weather has been in this area).

As usual, I recorded a podcast which can be listened to

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Here are pictures from my walk.  There aren’t a lot of pictures, because I spent the entire time walking indoors in a shopping mall.  I didn’t figure anyone would want to see a lot of pictures of a mall.


Here are 5 fast facts about Maryland:

  • According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Maryland has the highest median household income of any state, with a median income of $70,545.
  • Maryland was the seventh state to ratify the United States Constitution, and three nicknames for it, the Old Line State, the Free State, and the Chesapeake Bay State are occasionally used.
  • The majority of Maryland’s population is concentrated in the cities and suburbs surrounding Washington, DC, and also in and around Maryland’s most populous city, Baltimore. Historically, these and many other Maryland cities developed along the Fall Line, the line along which rivers, brooks, and streams are interrupted by rapids and/or waterfalls. Maryland’s capital city, Annapolis, is one exception to this pattern, since it lies along the banks of the Severn River, close to where it empties into the Chesapeake Bay.  The other population centers of Maryland include suburban areas of Columbia in Howard County; Silver Spring, Rockville, and Gaithersburg in Montgomery County; Laurel, College Park, Greenbelt, Hyattsville, Landover, Clinton, Bowie, and Upper Marlboro in Prince George’s County; Frederick in Frederick County; Hagerstown in Washington County; and Waldorf in Charles County.  The eastern, southern, and western portions of the state tend to be more rural, although they are dotted with cities of regional importance such as Salisbury and Ocean City on the Eastern Shore, Lexington Park and Waldorf in Southern Maryland, and Cumberland in Western Maryland.
  • Maryland’s history as a border state has led it to exhibit characteristics of both the Northern and Southern regions of the United States. Generally, rural Western Maryland between the West Virginian Panhandle and Pennsylvania has an Appalachian culture; the Southern and Eastern Shore regions of Maryland embody a Southern culture, while densely-populated Central Maryland—radiating outward from Baltimore and Washington D.C.—has more in common with that of the Northeast. The U.S. Census Bureau designates Maryland as one of the South Atlantic States, but it is commonly associated with the Mid-Atlantic States and/or Northeastern United States by other federal agencies, the media, and some residents
  • After Virginia made Anglicanism  the established religion of their colony, numerous Puritans migrated from Virginia to Maryland, and were given land for a settlement called Providence (now Annapolis). In 1650, the Puritans revolted against the proprietary government and set up a new government that outlawed both Catholicism and Anglicanism. In March 1654, the 2nd Lord Baltimore sent an army under the command of Governor William Stone to put down the revolt, which was decisively defeated by a Puritan army near Annapolis in what was to be known as the “Battle of the Severn”. During the persecution of Catholics by the Puritan  revolt, all of the original Catholic churches of southern Maryland were burned down. The Puritan revolt lasted until 1658 when the Calvert family regained control of the colony and re-enacted the Toleration Act. However, after England’s “Glorious Revolution” of 1688, when William of Orange came to the throne and established the Protestant faith in England, Maryland outlawed Catholicism until after the American Revolutionary War. Many wealthy Catholic planters built chapels on their land to practice their religion in relative secrecy.

Next stop, Newark Delaware – University of Delaware Campus.