I. “Mythbusters”

On Tuesday, November 18, 2008, Four Rivers Heritage Area held a workshop for area interpreters and guides, aimed at “busting” some myths that continue to circulate around our sites. Below are summaries of several of the presentations, for ready reference.

A.  Dr. Russo Presentation: “What Do Molly Bannaky, Mathias Hammond, and Ben Franklin have in Common?” by Dr. Jean Russo

B.  Rod Cofield Presentation: “Whatcha talkin’ about Willis?” — Popular Myths and Misconceptions about the Colonial Past, by Rod Cofield

C.  Jane McWilliams Presentation: “The Older the Better, What Exaggerations Tell Us about Annapolis’s History,” by Jane McWilliams

A second workshop was held on August 22, 2012.

D.  USNA – Common Mistakes Misnomers Interesting Facts, submitted by Mianna Jopp, Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center

E.  Our featured speaker was Mary Miley Theobald, who writes a regular “blog” on debunking history myths

F.  Glenn Campbell’s outstanding talk on “Firsts, Bests and Onlys” was featured on Theobald’s Blog:

G. Ralph Eshelman’s talk on the War of 1812 was also featured on Theobald’s blog:


II. Reference Links

The reference links below will be useful for grant-writing and project planning. Let us know if you would like us to add a link!

Anne Arundel County Land Preservation and Recreation Plan: The 2014 Maryland LPRP establishes a 5-year vision for land preservation and recreation, and is based on input received from our land managers, local government, and the public and advisory groups like this committee. For the very first time, the Maryland LPRP  contains a separate trails section that addresses the needs of motorized and non-motorized user groups. The Maryland LPRP will provide guidance and investment strategies to support the many needs of the state’s trail users as part of Maryland’s state-wide network.

The Maryland Land Preservation and Recreation Plan can be found online at:

Anne Arundel County General Development Plan:

Browse the entries from the (partial, never completed) Maryland Online Encyclopedia:
Use the alphabetical tabs in the horizontal menu.

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail: For the trail website, visit