Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Straddling the Fence

Well, it appears that one of two or three or four or five things has happened. Either

  1. I completely stumped all of my readers.  OR
  2. My geography question was so ridiculously easy that everybody thought it was just a rhetorical question.  OR
  3. Nobody really cared. OR
  4. I should've had a real prize. OR
  5. You forgot your homework.
Although you should perhaps have ventured a guess, I will tell you the answer. In the picture in the previous post, I was standing in two states. My left leg was in Pennsylvania, and my right leg was in Maryland. I was straddling the Mason Dixon Line. The stone marker you see is actually one of the special crownstones that was placed every 5 miles along the line. I suppose that means that the coat of arms you see is the Penn family coat of arms. The south side of the marker is the Calvert family coat of arms. This crownstone has sunken over time so that a large portion of it is buried. 

And there's your geography lesson for the week.


  1. Whew! I'm glad it wasn't #5! ;)
    We've lived only about 100 yards from the Mason Dixon Line for the last 10 years, but only recently did I see this crownstone on a friend's property. We are really happy to live so near so many historic places; it makes the field trip part of homeschooling so easy.

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    1. Next time you should ask for a hint. At least you didn't cheat :)