Caroline County, Maryland

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Coordinates: 38°52′N 75°49′W / 38.867°N 75.817°W / 38.867; -75.817

Caroline County is a wholly rural county located in the U.S. state of Maryland on its Eastern Shore. It is bordered by Queen Anne's County to the north, Talbot County to the west, Dorchester County to the south, Kent County, Delaware, to the east, and Sussex County, Delaware, to the southeast.[1] As of 2000, the population was 29,772. Its county seat is Denton.[2]

The newspaper of record is The Times-Record. A second local publication, the Caroline Review, circulates monthly and is free of charge.



Caroline County was created in 1773 from parts of Dorchester and Queen Anne's Counties. The county derives its name from Lady Caroline Eden, wife of Maryland's last colonial governor Robert Eden. [3] At the time of its creation, seven commissioners were appointed: Charles Dickinson, Benson Stainton, Thomas White, William Haskins, Richard Mason, Joshua Clark, and Nathaniel Potter. These men bought 4 acres (16,000 m2) of land at Pig Point (now Denton) on which to build a courthouse and jail.[4]

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