Charles County Visitors Bureau, La Plata, (800) 766-3386, www.explorecharlescomd.com.
African-American Heritage Society Museum, open by appointment, 7485 Crain Highway, La Plata, (301) 843-0371. This museum depicts the life and history of Charles County's African-Americans during the sorrowful time of slavery through a collection of artifacts. It also celebrates the contributions made by blacks in Charles county from 1658 to the present.
American Indian Cultural Center and Piscataway Indian Museum, open by appointment, 16816 Country Lane, Waldorf, (301) 782-7622. Get a picture of Maryland's indigenous peoples before the European invasion with a full-scale replica of a long house along with a collection of tools, weapons, and artworks.
Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House, 3725 Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Road, Waldorf, (301) 645-6870. Do you know Dr. Mudd's story? Here's a quick rundown: John Wilkes Booth visited this country doctor after breaking his leg while jumping from a Ford's Theater box. Mudd set Booth's leg and, unbeknownst to the doctor, harbored the man who had just assassinated President Lincoln. Mudd was sentenced to life in prison but received a pardon four years later after aiding victims of yellow fever. Follow costumed docents on a tour of his restored 1754 Victorian frame farmhouse, furnished with original family pieces.
ATPA Truck-and-Tractor Pull, 5-11 p.m. July 21, Charles County Fairgrounds, La Plata, (301) 586-1137. If you know the difference between super/pro stock and modified trucks and tractors, and if you have a certain fondness for huge tires, go crazy at Charles County's T&T Pull. Park your Geo Metro a few blocks away to save yourself some embarrassment.
Cobb Island Day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 16, Cobb Island Field, (301) 259-0160. Enjoy an afternoon outdoors with the kids. Arts-and-crafts tables, food, and lots of activities such as fire-engine and carriage rides, face painting, corn shucking, and crab racing all support water-safety and environmental programs for kids.
Fourth-of-July Celebration, 3:30-10 p.m. July 4, Indian Head Village Green Park and Pavilion, Indian Head, (301) 743-5574. Live music, carnival games, many foods on a stick, and fireworks in a safe, family environment. No pets or alcohol, thank you.
Local-Color Art Show, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays July 6-29, Mattawoman Creek Art Center, Smallwood State Park, Marbury, (301) 743-5159, www.mattawomanart.org. MCAC artists and invited guest artists put together a show illustrating the various facets of Southern Maryland life. The artists are around to talk about and sell their work.
Shady Oaks of Serenity Bed and Breakfast, 7490 Serenity Drive, Bryantown, (800) 597-0924. The name sounds like it belongs to a funeral parlor, but fear not: This inn's proprietors allow you to leave after your stay.
SPORTS & RECREATION
Friendship Farm Park, Nanjemoy, (301) 932-3470. This covered boat-launching facility offers easy access to the Potomac River, and you might see bald eagles on winding Nanjemoy Creek--they nest on its high banks.
Smallwood State Park, Marbury, (301) 743-7613. This 630-acre state park is the perfect place for outdoorsy types, what with its marina, hiking trails, and picnic areas. But it also has appeal for folks who'd rather be inside. The Mattawoman Creek Art Center has local art for sale, and the restored home of a Revolutionary War hero is worth a look.
White Plains Golf Club, DeMarr Road and St. Charles Parkway, Waldorf, (301) 645-1300. This 18-hole course has all the usual things: putting greens, a pro shop, and instructors if you need help with your swing.
Greenweigh Piecemaker Antiques, 1620 Chester Ave., Bryans Road, (301) 283-4077. Old stuff for sale.
Hughsville Bargain Barn #1 and #2, Hughesville, (301) 934-8580. Cheap stuff for sale.
Stone's Throw Antiques, Port Tobacco, (301) 934-8827. More old, cheap stuff for sale.
Village Shop, 8303 Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, (301) 274-5959. Village-y stuff for sale.
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