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Get on with you life, enjoy So. Maryland tourist attractions

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Posted on October 19, 2001:

Senator Dyson Because of the terrible events of Sept. 11, many of our local schools have cancelled field trips to Washington and Annapolis and summer trips abroad. I understand and support this decision.

We can take safety precautions in these dangerous times, but we cannot put our lives on hold or the terrorists win. We must get on with our lives. And we can start right here in Southern Maryland.

There are a wealth of tourist attractions to be enjoyed in Calvert, St. Mary ís and Charles counties. I have wondered for years why local schools take trips to Washington, D.C. and Annapolis, but donít go to our local attractions. These out of county trips are long and expensive and made many parents who contacted me, very nervous.

One such place that comes to mind is what I consider to be Marylandís most historical site: St. Clementís Island. Here on what has been designated a state park is where the Ark and the Dove landed and its passengers established what is now the State of Maryland.

A museum to commerate the importance of this island was built in the mid-70s. It truly is a special place as it traces Marylandís history from the landing in 1634 to the present day.

Then there is Marylandís first capital: St. Maryís City. There, Marylanders can gain an appreciation of time and place when government in this state was first established.

Civil War history and extraordinary natural beauty can be discovered at the Point Lookout state park. A lighthouse and confederate graveyard are located on the grounds of this park.

There is also Sotterley Plantation, a colonial mansion with a beautiful view of the Patuxent River and brimming with 300 years of history as an 18th Century Tidewater tobacco plantation.

And believe me, there is much more to offer history buffs in St. Maryís County. Just call the countyís office of tourism at (301) 475-4411 for more information.

Across the Patuxent, Calvert County has much to offer. Just as you come off the Thomas Johnson Bridge from St. Maryís into Calvert County, you make a quick right and you come across the Calvert Marine Museum -- another of Southern Marylandís crown jewels. The maritime history that is celebrated here is absolutely fascinating. One can spend much of their day enjoying the various interesting exhibits. There is also a historical lighthouse located on the premises.

Another fantastic place to visit is the Battle Creek Nature Education Society Environmental Education Center near Prince Frederick. The name of the place speaks for itself. An environmentalist canít help but love this place.

Calvert also offers Jefferson Patterson Park -- one of the premier archeological museums in the nation. There is also the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum in Chesapeake Beach that celebrates the days when a train carried tourists from Washington, D.C. to Chesapeake Beach. The museum, an old train coach, has various artifacts from that time for those nostalgia buffs.

Again, these are just some of the many fine tourist attractions in this great county. For more information call (800) 331-9771, (301) 855-1880 or (410) 535-4583.

Charles County has much to offer as well including the birthplace of Thomas Stone who signed the Declaration of Independence. This beautifully restored home is a tremendous asset to the national park service.

Charles also offers the scenic and spacious Smallwood State Park and the Dr. Samuel Mudd house where John Wilkesí Booth was treated on his doomed flight from justice after assassinating President Lincoln.

For more information about Charlesí attractions, call (301) 645-0558.

St. Maryís, Calvert and Charles counties also offer a bounty of beautiful churches and landmarks that would make for a perfect day trip visit.

So, while Washington D.C., Annapolis and trips abroad are on hold for an unspecified time, enjoy all of these great attractions right here in your back yard.

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