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Charles County, Maryland

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Charles County was created in 1658 by an Order in Council. There was also an earlier Charles County from 1650 to 1653, sometimes referred to in historic documents as Old Charles County.

In April 1865, John Wilkes Booth made his escape through Charles County, on his way to Virginia, after shooting President Abraham Lincoln.

On April 28, 2002, a tornado cut through the County and destroyed much of downtown La Plata.

The county has a number of properties on the National Register of Historic Places. Among which, are the distinguished Green Park and the historical Pleasant Hill, home of the Green and Spalding Families.

On December 4, 2004, a large fire took place in the development of Hunters Brooke which is located a few miles southeast of Indian Head. It later became the largest residential arson in the history of the state of Maryland.

Adjacent Counties


  • Indian Head
  • La Plata (County Seat)
  • Port Tobacco Village



Nat'l Reg. of Hist. Places

Thomas Stone Nat'l Hist. Site

Genealogy Trails

Charles County Historical Society

Charles County Genealogical Society