arundel history

October 08, 2006

On Oct. 11, 1943, The Evening Sun of Baltimore reported that the federal government had unofficially acknowledged "Crabtown" as the nickname of the state capital of Maryland. For years, U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen had been scornfully calling Annapolis, known as the "Athens of America" in Revolutionary times, by the unpoetic name, the paper's correspondent noted. Finally, even the U.S. Postal Service recognized this nickname for the capital of the Free State.

The Evening Sun reported with amusement that a letter postmarked Englewood, N.J., and addressed to "Chamber of Commerce, Crabtown, Maryland" had recently been delivered without delay to the chamber office in the 17th-century-era Treasury Building on State House Hill.

"The letter writer, possibly a midshipman's drag who couldn't remember the right name, wanted information about the history of Crabtown," the report said.

[Source: Evening Sun archives and Paul McCardell, Sun library researcher.]

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