The Department of Planning and Growth Management’s annual online publication, “Preservation Matters: Celebrating Charles County’s Historic Places,” is now available for viewing online. To view the newsletter, visit

This edition features “For the Service of Almighty God,” which highlights the 1692 Anglican parishes in Charles County.   Read about the mystery of Mount Aventine and about the restoration of a 19th century farmhouse in Smallwood State Park known as the John Grinder House.

Other featured articles include “Recovering Lost Landscapes at Rich Hill,” which is located in Bel Alton, and “View from a Dune,” which is about two aboriginal sites along the western shores of Charles County.  Also read about the 2017 preservation awards, along with other historical information within Charles County.

A limited number of printed copies of the magazine are available upon request. To obtain a printed copy of the magazine, or for more information about the “Preservation Matters” publication, contact Ms. Beth Groth at or 301-645-0684.

David M. Higgins II is an award-winning journalist passionate about uncovering the truth and telling compelling stories. Born in Baltimore and raised in Southern Maryland, he has lived in several East...