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Charles County, Maryland has rich heritage including many historic sites and landmarks. It was established in 1658 and was named for third Baron Baltimore, Charles Calvert. Waldorf, Maryland started as a rural crossroads originally called Beantown. The Balitmore and Potomac Railroad added a station to Waldorf in 1872. Benedict was established in 1683 and was one of the first ports on The Patuxent River. The town of La Plata, Maryland was name by Colonel Samuel Chapman, after the La Plata river. Indian Head, Maryland was established 1920 and is named for the Algonquin Indian Tribe. Port Tobacco was established in 1634, and is one of the oldest towns on the East Coast.

Charles County Historic Sites and Landmarks:

African American Heritage Society
7485 Crain Highway
La Plata, Maryland
(301) 843-0371

American Indian Cultural Center
16812 Country Lane
Waldorf, Maryland
(301) 372-1932

Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House
3725 Dr. Samuel Mudd Road
Waldorf, Maryland
(301) 274-9358

La Plata Train Station
101 Kent Avenue
La Plata, Maryland
(301) 934-8421

Mount Carmel Monastery
Mount Carmel Drive
La Plata, Maryland
(301) 934-1654

Port Tobacco Courthouse
Chapel Point Road
Port Tobacco, Maryland
(301) 934-4313

Port Tobacco One-Room Schoolhouse
Chapel Point Road
Port Tobacco, Maryland
(301) 932-6064

St. Ignatius Church
8855 Chapel Point Road
Port Tobacco, Maryland
(301) 934-8245

Thomas Stone National Historic Site
6655 Rose Hill Road
Port Tobacco, Maryland
(301) 392-1776

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This Charles County website page is for History, Facts, Archives, Records, Museums, Exhibits, Documents, Genealogy, Libraries, Historians, Research, Historic Preservation, Ancestry and Statistics in St. Charles, La Plata, Indian Head, Waldorf, Port Tobacco Village, White Plains, Potomac Heights, Bryans Road, Bel Alton, Benedict, Bryantown, Dentsville, Doncaster,  Faulkner, Ironsides, Mattawoman, Patuxent, Pisgah, Pomfret, Popes Creek,  Potomac Heights, Redhill, Ripley, Rison, Riverside, Rock Point, Rogers Mill, Shiloh, Springhill, Warington Hills, Wellington Beach, White Plains, Wicomico and Beantown.

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