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Restaurants You Should Know About

With scores of restaurants across Southern Maryland, it can be difficult to make choices. Here are 10 dining spots you should know about in Charles, Charles and St. Mary's counties. Some are for special occasions, and others are for everyday eating out.

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Museums and Historic Sites

African-American Heritage Society of Charles County
7485 Crain Hwy.
P.O. Box 2250
La Plata 20646
The museum depicts the life and history of African Americans in Charles County and their contributions to Southern Maryland since 1658.
Hours: noon-4 p.m. April-October; other times by appointment. Donations accepted.

American Indian Cultural Center
16816 Country Lane
Waldorf 20601
The center depicts the life of Marylandís Native Americans before contact with Europeans. It features a full-scale replica longhouse, tools, weapons and art.
Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays or by appointment. Tours arranged for student groups.

Christ Church, Durham Parish
8685 Ironsides Rd.
Nanjemoy 20662
Chartered by the Colonial Assembly in 1692. Current brick church built in 1732.

Christ Church, Port Tobacco Parish
112 E. Charles St.
P.O. Box 760
La Plata 20646
The parish built its first church at Port Tobacco, then the county seat, in 1683. The current stone church was built on the Port Tobacco Square in 1884. In 1904 the church was dismantled and its stones numbered, and it was moved to its current site in La Plata, where it was reconstructed next to the courthouse in the new county seat.

Christ Church, Wayside,
William and Mary Parish
13050 Rock Point Rd. (Route 257)
Newburg 20664
Originally known as Piccowaxon Parish, it was one of the first 30 parishes chartered in 1692.

Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House
3725 Dr. Samuel Mudd Rd.
Waldorf 20601
Museum office: 301-645-6870
Home of the doctor who set the broken leg of presidential assassin John Wilkes Booth in 1865. Costumed docents provide tours.
Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, March 31-November; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 1-2 (Victorian Christmas). Closed Easter.
Adults, $5; ages 6-16, $2.

La Plata Train Station
101 Kent Ave.
La Plata 20646
Recalls the railroadís effect on Charles County during the boom of the second half of the 1800s. Operated by the Charles County Historical Society. Consists of a two-room La Plata station and an authentic red caboose.
Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, May-October. Other times by appointment. Free.

Mount Carmel Monastery
5678 Mount Carmel Rd.
La Plata 20646
Site of the first Carmelite monastery in the United States.

Nanjemoy Baptist Church
3030 Baptist Church Rd.
Nanjemoy 20662
Established in 1793.

Patuxent Friends Cemetery
Lukeís Lane and Highway 5
Hughesville 20637
Established in 1871, it is Southern Marylandís only known Quaker cemetery.

Port Tobacco Courthouse
Chapel Point Road (off Route 6)
Port Tobacco 20677
Costumed docents tell the story of Port Tobacco, settled in 1634, in this reconstructed version of the third Charles County courthouse.
Hours: noon-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, April-October. Other times by appointment. $2; children, $1.

Port Tobacco One-Room Schoolhouse
7215 Chapel Point Rd.
Port Tobacco 20677
The school is the original structure, which was built in 1876 and used until 1953. It was restored by the Charles County Retired Teachers Association. Site includes a gift shop. Donations are accepted. Reservations required.
Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, April to October; and Saturdays-Mondays, June to August.

Smallwood Retreat House
Smallwood State Park
Built in 1760, the home of Maj. Gen. William Smallwood, Revolutionary War commander and later governor of Maryland, was reconstructed and opened to the public in 1958.
Hours: 1-5 p.m. Sundays or by appointment, April to mid-October. $3 per person weekends and holidays; $3 per vehicle at all other times for admission to Smallwood State Park.

St. Ignatius Church and St. Thomas Manor
8855 Chapel Point Rd.
Port Tobacco 20677
Parish office: 301-934-8245
Fax: 301-934-0944
St. Ignatius is the nationís oldest Catholic Jesuit parish with a continual pastorate. It was founded in 1641 by the Rev. Andrew White, who had accompanied the first settlers to Maryland in 1634. The manor house has been a residence for priests for more than 300 years.

St. Joseph Catholic Church
4590 St. Joseph Way (Route 227)
Pomfret 20675
Fax: 301-609-7564
Founded in 1763. The churchís cemetery contains graves of men who fought in the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and World Wars I and II.

St. Maryís Church
11555 St. Maryís Church Rd.
Charlotte Hall 20622
Fax: 301-934-0245
The first Franciscan Catholic church in the colonies.

St. Peterís Church
3320 St. Peterís Dr.
Waldorf 20601
Established in 1700.

Thomas Stone National Historic Site
6655 Rose Hill Rd.
Port Tobacco 20677
Fax: 301-934-8793
This is the site of Haberdeventure, the family home of Thomas Stone, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Stone and his wife, Margaret Brown, built the home in the early 1770s, and it remained the Stone family home until 1936. The National Park Service, which finished restoring the site in 1997, offers hiking and birding trails, as well as guided tours of the house.
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Memorial Day-Labor Day; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, Labor Day-Memorial Day. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Yearís Day. Free.

Trinity Parish Church and Oldfields Chapel
9560 Trinity Church Rd.
15837 Prince Frederick Rd.
Hughesville 20637
Trinity Episcopal Parish was created by the Maryland Assembly in 1744. In 1751, a new church was built. In 1765, the vestry petitioned the lower house of the Maryland Assembly to levy 50,000 pounds of tobacco upon the taxable inhabitants of Trinity Parish for the purpose of building a Chapel of Ease in Benedict Hundred, near Hughesville. It became a regular house of worship in 1769 for parishioners who lived in Hughesville, Bryantown and Benedict. The chapel became known as Oldfields Chapel.

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Arts Organizations

Charles County Arts Alliance
P.O. Box 697
White Plains 20695
Fax: 301-392-5698
The Arts Alliance office is in the La Plata United Way Building, 10250 La Plata Dr. The alliance promotes all arts organizations and arts programs in county schools, provides financial support to nonprofits and arts scholarships. Office hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday

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Fine Arts Center
College of Southern Maryland
8730 Mitchell Rd.
La Plata 20646
The center, on the La Plata campus of the College of Southern Maryland, hosts gallery exhibitions and stage productions. Three productions each year. Auditions are open to public.

Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Smallwood State Park
Off Route 224
Marbury 20658
Gallery offers monthly exhibitions and studio rentals and has a gift shop. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Fridays-Sundays. Free.

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Southern Maryland Concert Band
P.O. Box 2595
Waldorf 20604
An all-volunteer, nonprofit, community-based ensemble of adult and student instrumentalists dedicated to performing concert-quality band music for audiences in Southern Maryland.

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Theater Groups

Black Box Theater in the Indian Head Center for the Arts
4185 Indian Head Hwy.
P.O.Box 1098
Indian Head 20640
The 84-seat black-box theater provides a professional performance space for theater artists.The Black Box Theatre serves the area by presenting performances and offering education and cultural exchange. The theater is host to many performing groups as well as the resident company, Noble-Heart, which presents four to five shows per year.

Port Tobacco Players
P.O. Box 2030
La Plata 20646
Fax: 301-934-6813
The community theater troupe performs five to seven shows on the main stage in downtown La Plata and many road productions with its Encore and Encore Kids touring companies. The Port Tobacco Players Theater is located at 508 E. Charles St. in La Plata.

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Regional Venues and Theater Companies

On Stage: Performance Venues, Theater Companies and Children's Theater

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Shopping Centers

Guide to Selected Shopping Centers and Malls in the Washington Area

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