The region known as “Southern Maryland” includes Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary’s counties. The area is rich in history, culture, activities and even wineries! Southern Maryland has a rich military community as there are four military installations nearby: Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, MD; Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, Dahlgren, VA; Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division, (IHDIV), Indian Head, Md., and Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NAVEODTECHDIV), Indian Head, Md; and Joint Base Andrews, Clinton, MD.
Below you'll find some more info regarding the region and some helpful links if you are relocating here.
St. Mary's County
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Recreation and Leisure
With hundred of miles of scenic waterways, our area is known for its boating, sailing, and fishing. Local waterways include the Chesapeake Bay, the Patuxent, Potomac, Wicomico, and Port Tobacco rivers along with the natural beauty of the Zakiah, Kerric and Mattawoman swamps. Our Maryland State Parks and county recreation areas offer dozens of environments for camping, hunting, hiking, picnicking, as well as sporting activities and special events. Enjoy free summer evening concerts on the lawn of the La Plata Town Hall or take a sunset stroll along the boardwalks in Leonardtown, Solomons, Chesapeake Beach or Indian Head. The possibilities are endless. Several challenging golf courses reside in Southern Maryland as well; the Air Station’s Officer’s Club facility being one of the area’s finest, as are the White Plains golf course in Charles County or the Chesapeake Hills Club in Calvert.
Throughout Southern Maryland, you will find various shopping centers that include everything from bulk shopping, groceries, shoes, novelty, jewelry, farmer's markets - the list goes on. The region’s largest shopping mall, St. Charles Towne Center, is located in Charles County within a comfortable 30-minute drive of most neighboring locations in Southern Maryland.
Maryland is for crabs, and Southern Maryland has a long tradition of enjoying delicious fresh seafood. Whether it’s Captain Billy’s in Pope’s Creek, Evan’s Seafood on St. George Island, Stoney’s on Broome’s Island or any of the many other fine seafood restaurants in the area, you’re sure to find more than one place to tempt your palette. There are a variety of locally owned restaurants - you won't go hungry!
In addition to our local historic sites like St. Mary's City, Port Tobacco, Calvert Cliffs, and the beautiful Sotterly Plantation, unlimited "big city" leisure opportunities are within an easy commute of Southern Maryland. Families can see the sites of Washington D.C., our nation's capitol. The Smithsonian Institution has a variety of museums filled with treasures from around the world. The National Mall, the White House, the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials are close by. Be sure to visit the National Archives, which houses original copies of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The young and the young at heart enjoy the National Zoo, home to a pair of rare Giant Pandas. The Kennedy Center, which hosts the greatest performers from our nation and from around the world, is also home to the National Symphony Orchestra. Washington has several great theaters with a full season of shows available for your entertainment.
The region just outside the tri-county area also provides a wide range of activities for the dedicated day-tripper. Luray and Skyline caverns offer breathtaking views of the beauty beneath the earth's crust. Great Falls is a splendid area for hiking and kayaking, taking in the fall colors or just quietly enjoying the beauty of the rapids and waterfalls. The popular falls may be seen from parks on both the Maryland and Virginia sides and while you're there, take a ride on the C&O Canal. Train enthusiasts will enjoy the steam engine excursions popular in the western panhandle region and history buffs will be thrilled by the hundreds of historic sites such as George Washington's home at Mt Vernon, many Civil War battlefields, early colonial settlements, prehistoric fossils and native American sites. All are within a 3-hour drive of Southern Maryland.
Several non-public and parochial schools in Southern Maryland serve students from the kindergarten level through high school. Click here for the names and phone numbers of St. Mary’s County private schools, or here for Calvert County private schools, or here for Charles County private schools that have been approved by the Maryland State Board of Education. Homeschooling in Maryland is also possible.
Universities and Colleges
The College of Southern Maryland (CSM), is a regionally accredited institution that prides itself on delivering quality higher education programs and services to more than 60 percent of the tri-county residents who attend higher education institutions. CSM prepares its students locally for transfer to four-year colleges through partnerships with colleges and universities such as University of Maryland University College (UMUC), Johns Hopkins University (JHU), Towson University, and Capitol College.
St. Mary's College of Maryland, founded in 1840, is a public honors college offering the academic excellence of private education with the openness and affordability of public schools. St. Mary's graduates have gained recognition as being among the finest students in Maryland higher education. The average SAT scores of entering freshmen are the highest of any college in the state. For more information on St. Mary's College, check the website or call 301-862-0380.
The Southern Maryland Higher Education Center is a multi-purpose, multi-instructional, and multi-institutional higher education facility located in St. Mary's County. Created to serve the expanding needs of all of Southern Maryland, 13 colleges and universities participate. A growing list of upper division and graduate degree programs are offered. These educational opportunities will serve the needs of the NAWCAD and NSWC as well as our quickly growing local community. For more information on the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, call 301-737-2500.
Southern Maryland offers a great selection of location, style, age, and price range to anyone seeking a home. Old established neighborhoods, historic Victorian-era homes, farms, town homes, and newly constructed planned communities are all available to accommodate the growing popularity of Lord Baltimore's little colony. Waterfront cottages, single family homes, town homes, and condominium apartments are available for sale or rent in in Southern Maryland. Lot sizes range from less than a quarter acre to over 100 acres in the more rural areas. Select from home sites that are heavily wooded and private, or cleared and ready for swing sets. With miles and miles of shoreline, an abundance of prime waterfront homes await you. Boating and fishing enthusiasts will enjoy boat slips, piers and beaches that are often included with Chesapeake Bay front or river front homes overlooking the scenic Patuxent, Wicomico, or Potomac Rivers.
Commuters who work in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. find a "better quality of life" in the rural atmosphere of Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary's Counties. Families are able to get larger homes and more land for their dollar than they can in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area or Northern Virginia.