Founding of Maryland, by Tompkins Harrison Matteson
Founding of Maryland, by Tompkins Harrison Matteson

Maryland Day is March 25, marking the day the first European settlers arrived on the shores of the Land of Pleasant Living. Since those settlers arrived in 1634, it’s fitting that Maryland Day celebrations focus on things from the past. Around the city, there’s a cross, coffins and more:

Go to the Basillica At 9:30 a.m., the Baltimore Basilica will have a Maryland Day celebration complete with period music, representatives from Great Britian and the Vatican, and re-enactors. “Crosses made from the roots of Maryland’s 600-year-old Liberty Tree” will also be displayed.

Drink Some Maryland Beer Nothing says Land of Pleasant Living like imbibing in a brew made in Maryland, by Marylanders. If you happen to be in Annapolis, the 1747 Pub is hosting a happy hour and will be tapping the Scorpion Brewing Smoked Porter. Keeping with the historical theme, the brewery’s name is a “tribute to the Chesapeake Bay Flotilla that boldly fought off the British during the War of 1812.”

Check Out Calvert’s Coffins The Maryland Historical Society opens a new exhibit displaying three coffins found in the state’s oldest building. The coffins held members of the Calvert Family, which was the state’s founding family. According to MHS, these are the only remains of the family that were ever recovered.

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.