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Charles County, Maryland

La Plata Train Station

La Plata Train Station

By the 1850s, talk of having a rail line into Southern Maryland was well underway.  After some infighting by the various rail companies, a line was completed to Pope's Creek in 1873 under the control of the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad.  This new service meant local farmers could ship their produce to the city for sale, while important goods such as farm machinery, including tractors, could make their way south. It also meant that towns, which had once been located predominately along waterways, were replaced with new towns that began to spring up along the rail lines, such as La Plata.  By the turn of the century, the railroad had become so important in Charles County that the county seat was relocated from Port Tobacco to La Plata. After WWII, with the development of better roads and the increasing number of automobiles available to the general public, the passenger rail service in Charles County came to a halt.  Freight traffic also saw a slowdown during the 1950s and 1960s and the tracks saw little use during these years as trucking became the preferred method of transport.  The 1970s saw a resurgence in train traffic, although many of the old lines were never used again.  Today, trains still travel through Charles County, but the heyday of passenger and freight trains has long since passed for the area.  The historic La Plata Train Station recalls the railroad's impact on Charles County during the growth boom of the late 1800's.  The site includes the two-room "La Plata Station" and authentic red caboose sitting on an adjacent track.   You will see original furniture and equipment, including a Pullman chair, several train models, rotary phone, potbelly stove, two benches, and a telegraph key.

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The Train Station is currently managed by the Town of La Plata.  Tours by appointment only.

Cost:  Donations Appreciated

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101 Kent Avenue
La Plata, MD 20646
(301) 934-3704