Historic / Cultural Preservation
Chartered over 350 years ago, in 1658, Charles County’s heritage spans four centuries and encompasses a rich mixture of cultures and traditions. From the region’s first Native American inhabitants at least 12,000 years ago, to the establishment of the Naval Proving Ground at Indian Head in the late 19th century, the County’s history reflects the diversity and continuity of life in southern Maryland. Charles County boasts numerous historic sites and traditional landscapes that reflect its past. This rich and enduring heritage represents an invaluable and irreplaceable asset to its citizens. Historically significant buildings, sites, and landscapes make unique contributions to the County's character and social fabric. These resources must be preserved if their qualities are to continue to influence the appearance and quality of life in the County.
The Historic Preservation Program seeks to preserve and enhance the County's rich cultural heritage by making use of a broad range of preservation tools and strategies. These include legislation, education, incentives, and the survey and evaluation of buildings, structures, archaeological sites, and historic landscape to permanently protect the County’s most significant historic assets.
In 2009, the Charles County Commissioners adopted legislation to create a Historic Preservation Commission that would recommend properties for local historic landmark designation, review exterior changes to locally-designated landmarks, and support documentation of historic resources throughout the County.
NEW! 2018 Historic Preservation Awards - Click Here for Nomination Form (Deadline is February 23, 2018)
- Agenda's and Minutes
- Historic Landmark Designation FAQ
- Historic Work Area Permit FAQ
- Historic Landmark Designation Application Information
- Historic Preservation Commission Application for Charles County Historic Landmark Designation
- Historic Preservation Commission Historic Area Work Permit Application for Certificate of Approval
- Charles County Historic Preservation Designation, Incentives & Resources Brochure
Historic Preservation Links, Publications and Resources
- Adaptive Reuse of Tobacco Barns
- Historic Preservation Plan, 2004
- Preservation Matters Magazine
- Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties
- National Register of Historic Places
- Port Tobacco Archaeology
IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE: All publications located within the Planning and Growth Management section of the web site are believed to be accurate as of their posting date. However, they may not be accurate on the day you view them. To verify whether these documents are the most current official document, please contact the division associated with the document in question.