Here are a few of Calvert County’s unique towns, just waiting to be explored. You can share your own Calvert County snapshots with us on Instagram or by filling out this online form.
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The Town of North Beach is nestled at the northern end of Calvert County on the Chesapeake Bay. North Beach has much to offer visitors with a walkable boardwalk, a fishing pier, a public beach, numerous exciting family-friendly events, a nature park, restaurants, shops and the Bayside History Museum.
The Town of Chesapeake Beach is located at the northern end of Calvert County. Its history is quite interesting as it began as the dream of developers in the late 19th century. From 1900 until 1935 a train brought visitors from Washington, D.C. to enjoy a mile-long boardwalk, roller coaster built over the bay and other amusements. An aura of fun continues today with the Chesapeake Beach Waterpark and Rod ‘N’ Reel Resort’s restaurants and other attractions. Chesapeake Beach is also home to Maryland’s largest charter boat fishing fleet and the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum.
Dunkirk is at the northern end of Calvert County. Originally known as Smithville, after the founding Smith family who owned large properties there, Dunkirk is home to Dunkirk District Park which offers playing fields, playgrounds and a skate park. Dunkirk has several restaurants and grocery stores and is a great place to shop!
Owings is at the northern end of Calvert County. Originally the area was known as Friendship, but was renamed Owings in order to tell it apart from neighboring West Friendship. The name was a tribute to Harry P. Owings, a one-time member of the state legislature and local farmer. Owings is mostly residential but is also home to several interesting businesses.
Huntingtown is at the northern end of Calvert County. The town center was originally founded at the head of tide on Hunting Creek. The town there was burned to the ground by British forces during the War of 1812 and was rebuilt a few years later at its present location. Huntingtown is mostly residential but has businesses that are definitely worth visiting.
Prince Frederick, the county seat, is in central Calvert County. It has been a town since 1724-25 when the court functions were relocated there from Calvert Town on Battle Creek. By that time, there were a number of farms and businesses that engaged in trade with each other. Prince Frederick offers many dining and shopping experiences and is home to Hallowing Point Park.
St. Leonard is at the southern end of Calvert County and moved to its current location around 1902. Some sources have its first location near the mouth of St. Leonard Creek on what is now Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum yet was originally established as a recognized town at the head of the creek. St. Leonard is currently home to several small shops and businesses.
Lusby is at the southern end of Calvert County. The original location of Lusby was at the intersection of Sollers Wharf and Pardoe roads. The present location was formed in the 20th century and is home to several shopping centers, Cove Point Park, Cove Point Lighthouse and Cove Point (outdoor) pool.
Solomons is located at the southern tip of Calvert County. In the 19th century, shipyards developed there to support local fishing. In the War of 1812, Commodore Joshua Barney’s flotilla sailed from here to attack British vessels on the Chesapeake Bay. Solomons is a lovely spot with a walkable boardwalk right on the Patuxent River, water-view restaurants, marinas and shops. Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center can be found here as well as the Calvert Marine Museum and Drum Point Lighthouse, highlighting maritime history.