Welcome to Charles County! Located in the southernmost portion of Maryland, it is known as the gateway to Historic Southern Maryland. Charles County is a diverse and unique destination that boasts history, culture, outdoor activities and fabulous seafood!
Charles County´s population is approximately 140,416 as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2006. It is reported as one of the fastest growing counties in Maryland. It is made up of 643 square miles, 182 square miles of it being water. You will enjoy four distinct seasons throughout the year from the beautiful colors of the autumn leaves to the fun on the water during the hot summer months.
Charles County was founded in 1658 by an Order in Council. There is an abundance of history within the borders of this county. In 1865, John Wilkes Boothe made his escape through Charles County after the shooting of Abraham Lincoln. Visitors to the county can enjoy sites such as the homes of Dr. Samuel Mudd and Thomas Stone, as well as Mt. Carmel, which is the oldest Catholic convent in the United States.
This county offers something for everyone. From the peace and tranquility of Nanjemoy and Grayton, in the heavily wooded western portion of the county that flourishes with wildlife, to the more populated and urban setting of Waldorf, which boasts plenty of shopping as well as the more low-key, quaint Town of La Plata. You can spend the day fishing in one of the various freshwater ponds and creeks. As well as the beautiful Potomac River. Then enjoy a relaxing evening with the family at a baseball game featuring the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, who kicked off their inaugural season in 2008. Consider taking the family on an outdoor adventure and hike along the Indian Head Rail Trail. You could also cap it off with dinner at your choice of the various restaurants located throughout the county.
The county features thirty five public schools that have held a steady and successful path with outstanding SAT scores, excellent participation in Advanced Placement courses in the high schools and consistent improvement on all accountability testing for the past several years. The county even features a university, the College of Southern Maryland, which is located about five minutes outside of La Plata.
The areas in and surrounding Charles County offer the workforce many different options. Waldorf and La Plata offer employment within the county for those who want to stay local. However, for those who don´t mind travelling a little further north, Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia are also viable options. There are also several military bases in close proximity. Including NSWC Indian Head, which is located within the county, Andrews AFB in Prince Georges County, Patuxent River Naval Air Station in St. Mary´s County, Bolling AFB located just outside of Washington D.C. and NSWC Dahlgren, which is right across the Harry W. Nice Bridge in Virginia.
There is a little bit of something for everyone in Charles County. If you are interested inCharles County real estate feel free to contact Cheryl Bare, Charles County Realtor for Maryland. You can use my website to browse through my Charles County listings. If Charles County is not exactly what you are looking for, contact me for information for the surrounding counties of St. Mary´s, Calvert or Prince George's. Thank you for visiting the Charles County page and we hope to see you around!