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La Plata, MD 20646
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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.
If you are interested in submitting an article for inclusion in the Preservation Matters Magazine, please see the Article Submission Guidelines for more information.
To obtain a printed copy of the newsletter, or for more information about the "Preservation Matters" publication, contact Ms. Beth Groth at 301-645-0684.
The charge of the Historic Preservation Commission is to recommend properties for local historic landmark designation, review exterior changes to locally designated landmarks, and support documentation of historic resources throughout the County.
Frequently Asked Questions
Preservation Planning- Historic Properties