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Port Tobacco Village
Charles County, Maryland


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Statistics & Facts

The Maryland state capital is Annapolis.
The population of Port Tobacco Village is approximately 19 (2007).
The approximate number of families is 6 (2000).
The amount of land area in Port Tobacco Village is 0.413 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Port Tobacco Village is 0.16 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Port Tobacco Village to Washington DC is 27 miles.
The distance to the Maryland state capital is 43 miles. (as the crow flies)
Port Tobacco Village is positioned 38.51 degrees north of the equator and 77.02 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Port Tobacco Village elevation is 22 feet above sea level.
Port Tobacco Village per capita income is $ 43,017 (2000).
Port Tobacco Village median income is $ 134,877 (2007).
The Port Tobacco Village median home price is $ 992,849 (2007).


in southern Maryland about 21 miles from Alexandria, Virginia and about 28 miles from Washington, D.C.. Other nearby communities include La Plata, Bennsville, Bryans Road, St Charles, Potomac Heights, Accokeek and Indian Head all in Maryland and Dahlgren in Virginia.
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History & History Related Items

Native Americans first lived in the area in their settlement known as Potopaco. The English came to colonize in 1634. The town was founded in 1727 and was once the county seat. Once the seat was moved to La Plata in 1895, the town has shrunk considerably. As the Port Tobacco River changed course over the years and ships became much larger, the town was cut off from the coastline. Then, when bypassed by the railroads, it declined even more.

The original courthouse has been rebuilt and is used as a historical museum. Another notable historical edifice is the Ignatius Church and cemetery.

Here is a history page for Port Tobacco Village.
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The founding of Port Tobacco Village


The incorporation of Port Tobacco Village



Historical Marker for Port Tobacco

Port Tobacco School House
An old one room schoolhouse built about 1876.
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Port Tobacco Village City Government

Port Tobacco Village Hall
Commerce Street
P. O. Box 344
Port Tobacco Village, Maryland 20677
Phone: 301-934-2474

Port Tobacco Village Historical Events

Legend of the Blue Dog
Halloween always reminds local residents of Charles County's "Blue Dog" legend, which has been spun in the county for more than 100 years and is taught in local schools. By most accounts and local lore, the spirit of a large blue dog protects his murdered master's treasure, buried somewhere on Rose Hill Road outside Port Tobacco. According to Rose Hill Road resident Charles Stuart, whose property contains the fabled rock that Blue Dog and his master were killed on, the first written account of the Blue Dog legend dates back to 1897, when his home's former owner, Olivia Floyd who was a former agent for the Confederacy during the Civil War, told the Port Tobacco Times she had seen the ghost of the Blue Dog.

Although he hasn't seen the ghost of Blue Dog on February 8 in the 20 years he has lived on Rose Hill Road, Stuart, "doesn't doubt" the accounts of that date following the Revolutionary War, when Charles Thomas Sims, a soldier, and his dog were killed on Rose Hill Road while returning from a Port Tobacco Tavern.

Stuart said that Henry Hanos of Port Tobacco killed Sims and his dog for his gold and a deed to an estate. Hanos then buried the gold and deed under a holly tree along Rose Hill Road. When Hanos returned to recover the treasure, he was scared away by the ghost of Blue Dog and then fell ill, before suddenly dying. To this day, Blue Dog continues to watch over his slain master's treasure.

Port Tobacco Village Chamber

Charles County Chamber of Commerce
101 Centennial Street, Suite A
La Plata, Maryland 20646
Phone: 301-932-6500

Port Tobacco Village Organizations

Charles County Chamber of Commerce
101 Centennial Street, Suite A
La Plata, Maryland 20646
Phone: 301-932-6500

Port Tobacco Village Schools

Charles County Public Schools
5980 Radio Station Road
La Plata, MD 20646
Phone: 301-932-6610 Port Tobacco Village


The population of Port Tobacco Village was:
1990 - 36
2000 - 15
2005 - 18
2007 - 19
Port Tobacco Village is the smallest incorporated town in the state.

Number of Housing units:
1990 - 15
2000 - 6

Median age:
2000 - 34.5 years

Median household income:
2000 - $ 100,992
2007 - $ 134,877

Median house value:
2000 - $ 450,000
2007 - $ 992,849

Port Tobacco Village is located in the eastern time zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.

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