An increased appreciation for the early years of the nation began around the turn of the twentieth
century and was fully under way by the time of the 1932 bicentennial of George Washington's birth.
The Maryland General Assembly provided for a George Washington Bi-Centennial Commission to coordinate
commemorative activities with the national Commission. Markers were placed by the Daughters of
the American Revolution and various county committees to mark the roads Washington had traveled.
Roadside markers flourished with the growth of automobile transportation. Over the program's
history, approximately 800 State markers have been erected on Maryland roadways. Markers
recall an era when the pace was slower. Through the years, despite increasing traffic and
highway speeds, the markers have retained their popularity. The older ones are often of
historical interest in their own right.
For more information about the history of the roadways, please see the Federal Highway
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