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Charles County, Maryland

Historic Preservation

Historic Preservation

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.

Historic Preservation Commission

Historic Preservation Links, Publications and Resources