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Calvert County


Charm of the Chesapeake




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The Cities and communities of Calvert County, Maryland *

Barstow, Broomes Island

Calvert Beach-Long Beach, Chesapeake Beach, Chesapeake Ranch Estates-Drum Point

Dares Beach, Dowell, Dunkirk


Lower Marlboro, Lusby

North Beach


Port Republic, Prince Frederick (County Seat)

Solomons, St Leonard, Sunderland

*This list of cities may not be complete. The list may contain towns, cities, villages, boroughs, neighborhoods, townships, ghost towns and other populated places.

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Information & Facts about Calvert County, Maryland

Attractions & other Information - Climate - Economy - Genealogy - Geography -
Government - History - Libraries - Location - Organizations & Groups -
Other Facts & Figures - Population - Schools


Calvert County has the Commissioner form of governnment in which the Commissioners serve executive and legislative functions, operating under a Code of Public Laws of Calvert County. There are five Commissioners that serve four years and there is no limit to the number of terms that they may serve.

Prince Frederick, MD 20678
voice: (800) 331-9771
fax: (410) 535-4585

There are two incorporated towns in Calvert County, North Beach and Chesapeake Beach, located on the bay. There are also seven "town centers."
These include Dunkirk, Owings, Huntingtown, Prince Frederick, St. Leonard, Lusby, and Solomons. A community designated as a town center is not incorporated, but does have specific boundaries and rules and regulations for zoning and development. The county established these centers to prevent urban sprawl and maintain rural and agricultural areas.

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1990 - 51,372
2000 - 74,563
2001 - 78,307
2005 - 87,250
2006 - 88,000

2000 - 346.8 persons per square mile

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Calvert County is about 30 miles southeast of Washington, D.C., is
The immediate eastern boundary is Chesapeake Bay and the western border is the Patuxent River. Beyond these two bodies of water, the neighboring counties are as follows:
North - Anne Arundel County
Northwest - Prince George's County
West - Charles County
East - Dorchester County
East - Talbot County
South - St. Mary's County

Calvert County is located strategically to Baltimore, Annapolis and Washington, D.C. as well as the PAX River Naval Air Station in Lexington Park.

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Annual average precipitation: 43.1 inches
Annual average snowfall: 19.4 inches
Average Summer temperature: 74.4 degrees F
AverageWinter temperature: 36.4 degrees F

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Other Facts and Figures:

Per capita income:
2000 - $25,410
2005 - $37,323

Median Household Income:
2000 - $65,945

Median selling price of home:
2006 - $340,000

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The county was formed in 1654 and is one of the oldest in the United States. The area has been inhabited for thousands of years but the earliest known are the Piscataway Indians. When English colonists began to arrive in the early 1600's, these Indians had already planted corn and tobacco and built-up villages along the river. The first actual settlers arrived here between 1637 and 1642.

The county was named for its founder, Cecelius Calvert, the second Lord Baltimore. After the Calvert County formation, other counties were gradually carved from the borders, including St. Mary's, Charles and Prince George's. Though the first seat was Calvertown, the location was not convenient for most. Thus, in 1722, a new site was chosen for a new courthouse. The area chosen was known at the time as Williams' Old Field. By the time the courthouse was completed in 1732, the new town was named Prince Frederick.

A history page for Calvert County.

Calvert County History Digital Library

Cradle of Invasion
In 1942, the United States Navy established its first amphibious training base at Solomons, Maryland, to meet the urgent demands of World War II. The base trained thousands of marines, soldiers, sailors, and coast guardsmen who saw action throughout Europe and the Pacific. The base closed in 1945 but its presence in Solomons changed the town forever. Cradle of Invasion commemorates this little known but highly important training facility, and all of the men and women who served there.

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Elevation: Sea level to 168 feet above sea level, average about 120 feet above sea level

Total area: 345 square miles
Land area: 215 square miles
Water area: 130 square miles

Calvert County is one of the smallest in the state being nine miles at its widest point and 35 miles from top to bottom.

There is no point in the county more than five miles from navigable water. There is 143 miles of shoreline in the county along Chesapeake Bay and the Patuxent River and a total of 230 miles including all shoreline in the county

The county is contained within a peninsula with Chesapeake Bay and the Patuxent River on either side. Along the Bay are many steep cliffs and forested areas. On the cliffs may be found fossils and sharks teeth. Average elevation for the cliff areas runs from 125 to 135 feet above sea level. On the river side, rolling hills slope to the riverbanks. The fertile bottom land here has good soil for farmland. The lower elevations of the county are found here. Along with these two water areas, there are many streams and creeks. These provide much needed refuge for birds and wildlife.

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Calvert County GenWeb Project Genealogy page
Maryland State GenWeb Project Genealogy page
Linkpendium Genealogy page for Calvert County
Cousin Connect page for the county
Cemeteries of Calvert County

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Calvert County Public Libraries
Main Library, Prince Frederick (410) 535-0291
Fairview Library, Owings (410) 257-2101
Twin Beaches Library, Chesapeake Beach (410) 257-2411
Southern Library, Lusby (410) 326-5289

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Calvert County Public Schools

College of Southern Maryland
115 J.W. Williams Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
To speak to an operator: 443-550-6000
FAX: 443-550-6100
Automated attendant: 443-550-6199

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As of the end of 2007, there were 4,661 businesses in the county, representing all facets of economy including the principal ones of utility services, research and development, hi-tech, printing, manufacturing, tourism and health care.

Calvert County Department of Economic Development
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Phone: 800-331-9771

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Organizations & Groups

Calvert County Visitors Services
Prince Frederick, Maryland 20678
Phone: 410-535-4583
Phone: 301-855-1880
Toll-free: 800-331-9771
TDD: 800-735-2258

Calvert County Chamber of Commerce
120 Dares Beach Road (physical location)
PO Box 9
Prince Frederick, MD 20678-0009
Phone: 410-535-2577

Friends of Calvert Library
PO Box 1611
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Phone: 410-535-0291

Calvert County Historical Society
P.O. Box 358
Prince Frederick, Maryland 20678
Phone: 410-535-2452

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Attractions & Other Information

Celtic Festival of Southern Maryland

The Calvert County Fair is held every fall at the Calvert County Fairgrounds just outside Prince Frederick.
The fair moved from its original location in downtown Prince Frederick in 1994

Lighthouses in the County

Breezy Point Beach and Campground
Breezy Point Road
Chesapeake Beach, Maryland 20732
Mailing Address:
Prince Frederick, Maryland 20678
Phone: 410-535-0259
Fax 410-535-2233

Calvert Cliffs State Park
9500 H.G. Trueman Road
Lusby, Maryland 20657
Mailing Address:
c/o Smallwood State Park
2750 Sweden Point Road
Marbury, Maryland 20658
Phone: 301-743-7613

Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum
4155 Mears Avenue
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
Phone: 410-257-3892

Annmarie Garden Sculpture Park & Arts Center
(in Association with the Smithsonian Institution)
13480 Dowell Road
Solomons, Maryland 20688
Mailing Address:
PO Box 99
Dowell, Maryland 20629
Phone: 410-326-4640

Bayside History Museum
9006 Dayton Avenue,
PO Box 348
North Beach, Maryland 20714
Phone: 410-495-8386

Calvert County Farmers Market
Prince Frederick Shopping Center parking lot
98 South Solomons Island Road
Prince Frederick, Maryland 20678

Arthur Storer Planetarium
Calvert High School Campus
600 Dares Beach Road
Prince Frederick, Maryland 20678
Phone: 410-535-7339

Calvert Marine Museum
P.O. Box 97,
Solomons, MD 20688
Phone: (410) 326-2042

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