Charles County, Maryland

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Charles County is a county in the south central portion of the U.S. state of Maryland.

As of 2000, the population was 120,546. Its county seat is La Plata. This county was named for Charles Calvert (1637–1715), third Baron Baltimore.

Charles County is a part of the Washington Metropolitan Area.



Charles County was created in 1658 by an Order in Council. There was an earlier Charles County from 1650 to 1653, sometimes referred to in historic documents as Old Charles County.[1][2][3]

In April 1865, John Wilkes Booth made his escape through Charles County after shooting President Abraham Lincoln. He was on his way to Virginia.

On April 28, 2002, a tornado cut through the County and destroyed much of downtown La Plata.

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