When I was in Hagerstown back in July I was amazed at how the people there sounded like they were from West Virginia. Then I looked at a map and noticed Hagerstown is only about 5 miles away from the West Virginia Border! I’ve never been to the Eastern Shore, so most of my Maryland experiences have been in the Baltimore and DC areas which of course have a more Northern feel. I too have always found history and geneology fascinating. Regional dialects and accents have also been interesting.