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Maryland’s Most Unusual Town Names

Maryland’s Most Unusual Town Names

Accident Road Sign in Forest

 

Maryland is known for a lot of fascinatingly weird things, but did you know it also gets some serious recognition for its unusual town names?

 

Start: Accident

Finish: Crapo

Distance: 4 days, 5 stops, 314 miles

 

Deep Creek Lavender Farm
Photo Credit: Deep Creek Lavender Farm
STOP 1

Accident

This tiny town, by the name of Accident, is located in Garrett County and is home to just over 300 people. It can’t be completely confirmed how this town got its name, but legend has it that it came from a mistake made by two surveyors. Due to a miscommunication, they duplicated efforts, both surveying the land, and thought that Accident would make for an appropriate name.

Make a pit stop at the mouth-watering Firefly Farms Market, where you can load up on snacks and locally made cheese if you’re traveling in the summer head over to Deep Creek Lavender Farm to enjoy your picnic.

 

Funkstown Road Sign along street
Photo Credit: William Johns
STOP 2

Funkstown

Funkstown, Maryland has deep connections to the Civil War and is surrounded on three sides by Antietam Creek. The land was sold to Henry Funk in 1754 and was originally named Jerusalem, which was later changed. In the week following the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War, another battle took place right here in Funkstown. The town’s rich history makes it a great place to explore and learn. Did you expect a bit more music and dancing to the backstory of Funkstown? So did we.

Funkstown is home to Blue Mountain Wine Crafters, a winery where you can taste, purchase, and even make wine! This winery offers classes on making your very own wine, beer, or cider.

 

STOP 3

Boring

Boring, MD wasn’t named so because people think it’s, well, boring. It was actually named after their former postmaster, David Boring, when the Western Maryland Railroad requested that the town change its name. The town was originally named Fairview, but with several towns along the railway already laying claim to the same name, it was cause for confusion. Let’s just say there certainly isn’t any more confusion about this town’s name!

Some people find golf to be “boring,” while others find it relaxing. If you’re the latter of the two, visit River Downs Golf Club for a scenic golf experience.

 

Savagen Mill

STOP 4

Savage

We’re not talking about that TikTok song. We’re talking about Savage, Maryland! Savage is another historical town located in Howard County, where many of the town’s original buildings are still standing within the historic district. The town was named after John Savage, a merchant from Philadelphia, who established a cotton mill in the area. Savage Mill still stands, and now serves as a mix of galleries, shops, and restaurants.

Have a need for speed? Terrapin Adventures is guaranteed to be a fun time for you and your family; Howard County has activities for every pace.

 

Photo Credit: Delmarva History
STOP 5

Crapo

Crapo, Maryland, that is! Crapo is a small, unincorporated town in Dorchester County, next to the scenic Honga River. The name came from the French word “crapaud,” which means toad. It’s a great area for catching crabs, so if you enjoy some Chesapeake blues, grab your crab nets and come on down to Crapo for some crabbing.

Take advantage of the abundant shoreline, whether it’s boating, fishing, or landscape photography.

Lead Photo: William Johns

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