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December 07, 1999

How did Accident, Md., get its name?

By accident, of course. Surveyors were sent out on separate expeditions for Lord Baltimore and William Penn after the King of England made them land grants in the New World, said Accident Town Clerk Ruth Ann Hahn.

Instructed to survey the best farmland so many miles west of Baltimore, both surveyors ended up marking the same oak tree, leading the area to be dubbed "accidental tract," Hahn said.

By about 1800, the area, also called Flowery Vale in the early days of settlement, was being called Accident, she said.

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