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Charles County

Posted 5/24/2000

INFORMATION

Charles County Office of Tourism, La Plata, (301) 645-0558.

ATTRACTIONS

African-American Heritage Society, 7485 Crain Highway, La Plata, (301) 843-0371. This museum contains artifacts from the time of slavery and depicts the history of African-Americans in Charles County.

Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House, Waldorf, (301) 934-8464, $3, children $1. Mudd is famous--or infamous--for setting the broken leg of John Wilkes Booth after the shooting of President Abraham Lincoln.

Smallwood Retreat House, Smallwood State Park, Marbury, (301) 743-7613, $2. Smallwood Retreat was the home of Maryland Gov. William Sherwood.

St. Ignatius Church and St. Thomas Manor House, 8855 Chapel Point Road, Port Tobacco. This church and manor house, home of the nation's oldest active parish with a continual pastorate, is located on a 120-foot bluff overlooking the mouth of the Port Tobacco River.

EVENTS

Fire Up and Thunder Out 2000, May 26-28, Charles County Fairgrounds, (301) 893-2900. Veterans and bikers gather together for a Memorial Day weekend celebration.

Juneteenth, Noon-6 p.m. June 17, African-American Heritage Society of Charles County, 7485 Crain Highway, (301) 843-2569. Celebrate the holiday commemorating the emancipation of African-Americans.

Truck and Tractor Pull, 4-11 p.m. July 22, Charles County Fairgrounds, La Plata, (410) 535-2119. 'Nuff said.

La Plata Rodeo, Aug. 12-13, Charles County Fairgrounds, La Plata, (717) 528-7321. Git along, little dogies.

GETAWAYS

Aqua-Land Campground, Newburg, (301) 259-2575.

Goose Bay Marina and Campground, Welcome, (301) 934-3812.

Shady Oaks of Serenity Bed and Breakfast, Bryantown, (301) 932-8864.

Wilshire Bed and Breakfast, Bryantown, (301) 638-7773.

SPORTS & RECREATION

Chapel Point State Park, Port Tobacco, (800) 784-5380. Located on the Port Tobacco River, this park has a ramp for car toppers and canoes.

Chicamuxen Watchable Wildlife Center, Indian Head, (301) 743-4705. This 30-acre facility bordered by a river and two creeks contains 20 acres of wetlands.

Gilbert Run Park, near La Plata, (301) 932-1083, $4 parking fee. One hundred eighty acres of wooded park with hiking and nature trails, picnic areas and pavilions with grills and tables, playgrounds, and the piece de resistance: a 60-acre freshwater lake with row and paddle boats, canoes, and aqua bikes available for rent.

Maryland Amateur Softball Association State Tournaments, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. July 22-23, Laurel Springs Regional Park, La Plata, (410) 661-0124.

Smallwood State Park, Marbury, (301) 743-7613. This 630-acre park offers recreational areas, the restored home of war hero Gen. William Smallwood, a marina, hiking, and picnicking.

White Plains Regional Park, DeMarr Road and St. Charles Parkway, White Plains, (301) 645-1300. This park includes an 18-hole golf course, lighted tennis courts, a tot lot, a playground, and picnic pavilions.

SHOPPING

Corner Store Antiques, Hughesville, (301) 932-6677.

Grandmother's Cupboard, Hughesville, (301) 283-6727.

Rafter's Antiques, Hughesville, (301) 274-4651.

Stone's Throw Antiques, Port Tobacco, (301) 934-8827.

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