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The 5 Strangest Baltimore and Maryland Stories of 2017

Image via Chatanooga Public Library

Weird news abounded in 2017, from quirky oddball real estate to surprising nefarious (alleged) behavior. Here were our reports on some of the strangest things the last 12 months had to offer around Baltimore and the rest of Maryland.

Top Stories: Goat Island for Sale, Cheap Lighthouse Near Baltimore for $15K, Mansion on Market in Roland Park



The most popular story on our site this week may have looked like a spotlight on just any old piece of land on the market, but really, it was all about the goats. Bradshaw’s First Purchase has actually been up for sale for months, but it only recently grabbed Marylanders’ attention — and who can blame them? It’s a secluded 55-acre isle located right off of Smith Island on the shore, and it comes with a herd of about 30 goats.

The owner of the land told The Daily Times of Salisbury his parcel is known to locals as Goat Island, nevermind its actual formal name. Evidently, the island has a long history with goats, though this bunch is relatively new; the old herd was reportedly wiped out by a particularly rough winter two decades ago.

Whoever wants the land and its goats has to shell out $1.5 million. If that seems steep, just know that 10 years ago, the owners were asking $15 million.

Here were Baltimore Fishbowl’s other most popular reads during the last seven days:

This Family is Selling its 55-Acre, Goat-Filled Island in the Bay for $1.5M

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“Goat-Filled Island in the Bay” – you read that right.

Towson Enlists Goat Landscapers to Devour Weeds



In Cleveland, they use sheep to trim the grass on their vacant lots. At Towson University, it’s goats that are helping keep weeds in check.

Landscaping Goats Trim Lawns in Maryland

Goats hard at work landscaping St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Photo via Prosperity Acres
Goats hard at work landscaping St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Photo via Prosperity Acres

When I was growing up, mowing the lawn was my least favorite chore. I’ve managed to largely avoid lawnmowers as an adult, mostly by living in places that don’t have lawns (hooray for apartments!), but now I’ve finally heard an idea I can get behind: landscaping goats.