Talbot County, Maryland

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Talbot County is a county located in the U.S. state of Maryland. It is bordered by Queen Anne's County to the north, Caroline County to the east, Dorchester County to the south, and the Chesapeake Bay to the west. As of 2000, the population was 33,812. It was named for Lady Grace Talbot, the wife of Sir Robert Talbot, an Irish statesman, and the sister of Cæcilius Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore. Its county seat is Easton. It is home to the Tuckahoe Steam and Gas Show.

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History

The founding date of Talbot County is not known. It certainly existed by February 12, 1661, when a writ was issued to its sheriff.

Founding Father John Dickinson was born in Trappe; Abolitionist Frederick Douglass was born near Tuckahoe Creek.

The county has a number of properties on the National Register of Historic Places.[1]

Law and government

Talbot County was granted a charter form of government in 1973.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 477 square miles (1,235 km²), of which 269 square miles (697 km²) is land and 208 square miles (538 km²) (43.55%) is water.

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