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INFORMATION ABOUT OUR STATE AND COUNTY

Harford Region is based in Harford County, Maryland, although a number of our members live in other counties and states.

 

MARYLAND:

CAPITOL - Annapolis
NICKNAME - The Old Line State
NUMBER OF COUNTIES - 23
LAND AREA -  9775 square miles
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MOTTO - Fatti maschil parole femine (Manly deeds, womanly words)
BORDERING STATES - Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia

Founded by Cecil Calvert, the   2nd Lord Baltimore.  Named in honor of Henrietta Maria, wife of  King Charles I of England who signed the 1632 charter establishing the Maryland colony.

7th State to ratify the United States Constitution

STATE FLAG - contains the crests of the Calvert (yellow/black) and Mynne families (red/white)

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STATE BIRD - Baltimore Oriole
STATE FLOWER - Black Eye Susan
STATE SONG - Maryland, My Maryland
STATE DOG - Chesapeake Bay Retriever
STATE SPORT - Jousting
STATE TREE - White Oak
STATE FISH - Rockfish (Striped Bass)
STATE REPTILE - Diamondback Terrapin

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HARFORD COUNTY:


COUNTY SEAT -  Bel Air
AREA - 
464 square miles
SHORELINE -  106 miles



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LOCATION -
23 miles from Baltimore, MD ; 85 miles from Philadelphia, Pa
BORDERS: Baltimore County, Pennsylvania, Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay

Originally known as the Gunpowder Neck section of Baltimore County, Harford County became a separate county in 1773.  The county was named for Henry Harford, the illigetimate son of Frederick, the Sixth Lord Baltimore.


MISCELLANEOUS  FACTS-
Harford is home of:        first silk hat factory in America
                                             first Methodist College in America
                                             two Maryland Governors
                                             signer of the Declaration of Independence
                                             first intercounty bus service in Maryland (1905)
                                             first digital computer (ENIAC - 1943)

Harford was also the site of the Harford Declaration in 1774.  This was the first declaration of independence from England by an organized party of men, preceding the national Declaration of Independence by over a year.



The Burns Automobile was built in Havre de Grace from 1908 to 1912 by the W.E. Burns and Brothers Carriage Works.  Click here for information on the Burns automobile. 

Burns Automobile (1908-1912)



Harford Region is listed on

HarfordVista.com
Harford County's local Internet gateway