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Historic Preservation

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The Historic Preservation Program seeks to preserve and enhance our rich cultural heritage using a broad range of preservation tools and strategies; including legislation, education, incentives, and the survey and evaluation of buildings, structures, archaeological sites, and historic landscape to permanently protect our most significant historic assets.

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.

Preservation Matters Magazine
Historic Preservation Commission


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Preservation Planning- Historic Properties

    • Can I have my property designated as Historical?

    • Do I need to do Archaeology research on my property?

    • Is my property historic?

    • Is routine exterior maintenance subject to a Historic Area Work Permit?

    • What is the application process for a Historic Area Work Permit?

    • When do I need to submit a Historic Area Work Permit Application?