Maryland earned the nickname “Old Line State” in the American Revolution. According to popular tradition, Washington bestowed his high esteem upon the Maryland Line after viewing their heroic stand at the Battle of Long Island. Given the order to defend the American withdrawal from Long Island, the Maryland Line saved the Continental Army from annihilation in the first major battle of the war. “Good God, what brave fellows I must this day lose,” Washington remarked as he witnessed the Marylanders repeatedly charge Cortelyou House, effectively holding back the British advance. Later, Washington described their efforts as an “hour more precious to American liberty than any other.”
200 years later, a group of home-grown Baltimoreans and scholarly imports looking to throw a good party and support an admirable cause have harkened back to Maryland’s past and established The Old Line Society. The sobriquet coined by George Washington in praise of Maryland’s Revolutionary War troops for their dependable valor resonates today with the many local charities and non-profits in need of financial support and awareness.
OLS strives to support area charities, non-profits and the arts through activism and philanthropy among the growing young professional population in Baltimore. Playing host to organized happy hours and sponsored benefits, OLS’ mission to promote philanthropic awareness and activity amongst young professionals is achieved while also providing much needed funding to select organizations.