One of the biggest attractions in southern Calvert County is Solomons Island. Spending a day or night on the island is like being on vacation at a Resort. Many restaurants offer outside dining on the waters edge or enjoy a refreshing drink while taking in the beautiful views. Solomons Island offers a variety of other restaurants as well as unique shopping and a boardwalk with panoramic views of the Patuxent River. The Calvert Marine Museum also located on the Island features exhibits in: Maritime History, Paleontology, Estuarine Biology, and the very entertaining Sea Otters. Enjoy and a wonderful boat tour of the Island aboard the Tennison on the Chesapeake Bay and Patuxent River. The Calvert Museum also holds waterside concerts, featuring groups such as The Beach Boys, Crosby, Stills and Nash and Edwin McCain just to name a few. You and your family can take a walk or ride a bike down a lovely wooded path through the public sculpture garden at nearby Annmarie Garden on Dowell Road. Southern Maryland has beautiful parks and many other places you can explore.
Southern Maryland is ideally situated to provide easy access to skiing in the mountains, swimming at the beaches, the quaint charm of Annapolis and Alexandria, the excitement of the city in Baltimore or our fine nation's capital Washington, D.C. Southern Maryland is a geat place to raise a family, be active in your community/church, and find employment. There are many administrative, engineering, and high-technology research and development jobs, representing several hundred million dollars worth of programs fed by Constellation Energy's Nuclear Plant and Patuxent River Naval Air Station and its supporting contractors. Also close by is Dahlgren and Indian Head naval installations.
One of the Middle Atlantic states of the United States. It is bounded by Delaware and the Atlantic Ocean, the District of Columbia, Virginia and West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
Area, 10,577 sq mi (27,394 sq km).
Pop.(2000) 5,296,468, a 10.8% increase since the 1990 census.
Largest city, Baltimore.
Nickname,Old Line State.
Motto,Fatti Maschii, Parole Femine [Manly Deeds, Womanly Words].
State bird, Baltimore oriole.
State flower, black-eyed Susan.
State tree,white oak.
Although the fishing industry is declining, the catch of fish and shellfish, chiefly from Chesapeake Bay, yielded an income of over $67 million in 1998, and the state's annual catch of crabs is the largest in the nation. The coastal marshes abound in wildfowl. Stone, coal, and iron, mined chiefly in the west of Maryland, are much less significant than in the 19th cent.
Leading manufactures include electrical and electronic machinery, primary metals, food products, missiles, transportation equipment, and chemicals. Shipping (Baltimore is a major U.S. port), tourism (especially along Chesapeake Bay), biotechnology and information technology, and printing and publishing are also big industries. Service industries, finance, insurance, and real estate are all important. Many Marylanders work for the federal government, either in offices in Maryland or in neighboring Washington, D.C.
Although manufacturing well exceeds agriculture as a source of income, Maryland's farms yield various greenhouse items, corn, hay, tobacco, soybeans, and other crops. Income from livestock (especially broiler chickens) and livestock products, especially dairy goods, is almost twice that from crops. Maryland is also famous for breeding horses.
Annapolis , with its well-preserved Colonial architecture and 18th-century waterfront, is the capital; it is also the site of the U.S. Naval Academy. Baltimore , with a large percentage of the state's population, is the dominant metropolis. Tourists are attracted to the Antietam National Battlefield and the National Cemetery at Sharpsburg; the Fort McHenry National Monument, near Baltimore's inner harbor; and the historic towns of Frederick and St. Marys City. Racing enthusiasts attend the annual Preakness and Pimlico Cup horse races in Baltimore.
*Information from Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition