Charles County, Maryland: A History - The Charles County Bicentennial Committee. "The first Charles County was created by Cecil Calvert, Second Lord Baltimore, Oct. 3, 1650. It included all the present County as well as some of the counties of Calvert, St. Mary's, and Prince George's." Charles County today is located in southern Maryland between the Patuxent and the Potomac Rivers. Dozens of knowledgeable volunteers contributed information on a variety of topics, including agriculture and the tobacco industry, transportation and the Potomac, towns and villages, religion and churches, government, Black history, education, sociality, legend and folklore, and genealogy. The reader is introduced to many towns, and given brief sketches of Port Tobacco, Benedict, La Plata, Bryantown, Indian Head, St. Charles, and Waldorf. Black history has been compiled from the fragments of oral and written data to give a glimpse from that perspective. Newspapers, clubs and auxiliaries, and reminiscences are also touched on. The text is further enhanced by photographs and illustrations, poems, recipes, a bibliography, and a subject index. The chapter on genealogy sites numerous sources for research, and provides the names of early settlers, a guide to deciphering old documents, the Census of 1850 (by district) listing free heads of families, lists of late 1700s' marriages grouped by minister, and an 1878 list of physicians. (1976), 2008, 5½x8½, paper, index, 474 pp.