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Southern Maryland Heritage Area Awards $40,000 in Seed Grants!

Hughesville, MD – The Executive Director and the Board of Directors of the Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium (SMHAC) are pleased to announce $40,000 in Seed Grants awarded to significant heritage tourism projects in Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s County. These grants reflect more than a doubling of the award amount from the previous year ($15,000 in 2017 to $40,000 in 2018). The Heritage Area had its greatest response to the Seed Grant Program to date, with over $60,000 in grant requests. In keeping with the mission of SMHAC, this granting opportunity is focused on preserving the heritage of Southern Maryland through innovative tourism, excellence in cultural and natural resource conservation, and unique educational opportunities.

Of the many excellent proposals received, the SMHAC Board of Directors selected the following organizations and programs to receive the 2018 Seed Grant Awards:

Calvert County
American Chestnut Land Trust – $3,000
In Your Own Backyard
Annmarie Sculpture Garden – $2,000
Tree-mendous Trail
Arts Council of Calvert County – $1,000
Calvert Barn Quilt Trail
Calvert Marine Museum – $3,000
Megalodon Jaws Encounter

Charles County
Piscataway Conoy Tribe (Cedarville) – $5,000
We are Singers
Piscataway Conoy Tribe (Cedarville) – $5,000
Mini Pow Wow
Charles County Fair – $1,000
Historic McConchie One-Room School brochure
Historical Society of Charles County – $1,000
Holiday Trail brochure
Chapman State Park – $1,500
18th- 19th Century Cemetery Preservation
Farm Heritage Conservancy – $3,000
Dendrochronological Study of 1800’s Log Tenant House

St. Mary’s County
St. Mary’s College of Maryland – $3,500
Commemorating Our Shared History: Slavery in Southern Maryland
Historic Sotterley — $3,000
Outdoor Classroom
Lexington Park Rotary — $1,000
National Oyster Cook-Off and Cookbook
Patuxent River Naval Air Museum — $1,000
Spirit of Jazz & Democracy
St. Clement’s Island & Piney Point — $2,500
Museum and Historic Sites brochure
St. Mary’s CDC — $2,500
Lexington Park Arts Park – Manor Street Signs
Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions of St. Mary’s County — $1,000
Preserving Oral Histories

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Maryland Heritage Area Grant Awards to Southern Maryland Exceed $300,000!

Hughesville, MD – The Executive Director and the Board of Directors of the Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium are pleased to announce the Maryland Heritage Area Authority Grant Awards for the Southern Maryland Region.  These awards usher in a new level of granting to the region, with $329,157.00 awarded to significant heritage tourism projects within Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s County.  These grants constitute a project total of over $800,000 towards innovative tourism, excellence in cultural and natural resource conservation, and unique educational opportunities.

Grants were awarded to:

St. Mary’s College of Maryland – $30,000
“Commemorating Our Shared History: Slavery in Southern Maryland”

Annmarie Sculpture Gardens and Art Center – $72,577
“Tree-mendous Nature Trail & Pavilion”

Calvert Marine Museum – $50,000
“Solomons, A Water Community”

Smallwood State Park – $12,5000
“Condition Assessment of the John Grinder House”

Patuxent River Naval Air Museum – $48,080.00
“Exhibits Phase II”

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum – $10,000
“Interactive and Educational Components for the Smithsonian’s H2O Today Exhibition”

Calvert Nature Society – $20,000
“Assessing a Cypress Barn”

Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium – $86,000
(Partnering with the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland and
Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties)
“Fiscal Year 2019 Management Grant for the Southern Maryland Heritage Area”

These grants represent a new level of funding for the region and reflect the doubling of funds available to the Maryland Heritage Area Authority this year. Organizations receiving grant awards throughout the State of Maryland include museums, parks, educational organizations and many other entities that protect and celebrate the unique qualities of each of the 13 Maryland Heritage Areas. These grant funds support projects and activities that attract visitors and increase product development in the region. The Southern Maryland Heritage Area shepherds the state level granting through their office before it is presented to the Maryland Heritage Area Authority Commission. These grants have the capacity for $50,000 for non-capital projects and $100,000 for capital projects. Additionally, the Southern Maryland Heritage Area supports a smaller grant program directly from their office with grants up to $5,000 for regional heritage tourism projects. The new round of these local grants will be made available August 14, 2018 and will be due into the Southern Maryland Heritage Area office by September 14, 2018.

An award ceremony for the Southern Maryland grant awardees will be held in early December.

2015 Mini-Grants Funded

Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium
Roz Racanello, Executive Director
PO Box 745, Hughesville, MD 20637
Phone: 301-274-4083, Fax: 301-274-1924
Email: SoMdHeritage@tccsmd.org

October 21, 2015

***PRESS RELEASE***

Small Grants for Tourism Projects Funded.

The Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium (SMHAC) announced today that twelve projects submitting Mini-Grant applications will receive funding.

These funds are made available to non-profits and government organizations inside the Heritage Area that seek to promote heritage tourism and economic development.  Heritage tourism is defined as traveling to experience the places that authentically represent the stories and people of the past and present – including historic, cultural and natural resources.

The projects receiving funding are:

Calvert County

Conservation of artifacts from the George Rice House at Biscoe Gray.   Working with the MAC Lab at Jefferson Patterson Park, the County will conserve objects found near this African American site on the Farm.  Once properly conserved, the artifacts, and any information they provide, can become part of an exhibit.

Arts Council of Calvert County – Barn Quilt Trail.  Calvert County will join a number of communities to use the sides of barns as canvases for quilt patterns.  They will begin by identifying one visible barn to paint and hold a ribbon cutting event in the Spring.

Calvert County Natural Resources – Natural Resources Brochure – printing.  A brochure was created and produced and now the Department wishes to use and promote the brochure more widely since it consolidates information about individual parks in a single source.

Bayside History Museum – Native American Day at the Beach exhibit. This will be part of an exhibit on the first floor of the museum, consisting of a canoe and artifacts from Colony Beach. A mural surrounding the dugout canoe (donated to the museum) will be created using the funds.

American Chestnut Land Trust – New Interpretive Signs on Turkey Trail. This Trail is the most popular hiking trail in the ACLT lands, and they will add to the hikers experience by interpreting the natural world around them. Highlighting conservation issues as well as flora and fauna the signs will include an introduction to the protection efforts of the ACLT.

Charles County

Historical Society of Charles County – Holiday Trail 2015.  This relatively new event will increase from 11 sites to 18 this year with the addition of a number of historic sites in the County.  The funds would help produce brochures, postcards and banners to promote the expanded Trail.

Maryland Veterans Memorial Museum – Exhibit for Washington/Rochambeau Trail.  The Museum is on this historically significant trail.  The trail route is a long series of roads used by the Continental Army under Gen. Washington’s command as well as Jean-Baptiste Rochambeau during the 1781 march from Rhode Island to Virginia.  The Museum will construct a series of exhibits relating to the route.

Friends of Chapman Forest – Historic Interpretive Posters – Preservation Study. The goal is to expand on the Preservation Study at Mt. Aventine completed in spring of 2015, and to duplicate key documented findings on large interpretive “posters” to display in the mansion. The posters would be on easels on both stories in the west wing.

Farm Heritage Conservancy – Serenity Farm Slave Grave Project. This new project will produce a short documentary titled: “Remembered by the Wind: The Slave Graves of Serenity Farm.” To be shot in HD video and provided to public television and other platforms, the film will tell the story of the uncovering of the burial ground.

St. Mary’s County

Unified Committee for Afro American Contributions (UCAC) – How Women Got the Right to Vote.   An exhibit detailing women’s suffrage in the US based on election day 1920, as millions of women exercised their right to vote for the first time after the passage of the 19th Amendment.  The exhibit will be displayed at the US Colored Troop Memorial Interpretive Center.

Point Lookout State Park – Photo Tour Book of the Park.  This book will be a walking tour guide with historical and educational significance.  There will be a trail of sequentially numbered stops, (17 have been identified,) and each will be depicted and described in the booklet.

Greenwell State Park – Explore Greenwell.  This project will create brochures that focus on the park’s history, environment, natural resources and tourism products, including information about Rosedale Manor.  The goal is to increase tours of all aspects of the park.

All those who wish to learn more about membership or future grant offerings should contact the Consortium by email, SoMdHeritage@tccsmd.org or by phone at 301-274-4083.
Additional information about the Southern Maryland Heritage Area is available on the web at: www.DestinationSouthernMaryland.com.

The mission of the Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium (SMHAC) is to enhance the economic activity of Southern Maryland through combining quality heritage tourism and small business development with preservation, cultural and natural resource conservation and education. The SMHAC receives support from the three county Boards of Commissioners, the MHAA, the Tri-County Council for Southern MD and private contributions.

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Restaurants

From quick bites to more lavish affairs, there are lots of opportunities to explore Southern Maryland’s unique culinary offerings.

Calvert County

Calvert County‘s rich agricultural heritage and the bounty of its waterways are reflected in the area’s eclectic dining options. http://choosecalvert.com/index.aspx?NID=94

Charles County

http://www.charlescountymd.gov/maps/tourism/tourplan/231

St. Mary’s County

St. Mary’s County has lots of great places to eat from seafood dives to sidewalk cafes to white table cloth establishments. Our local hang-outs are authentically local and our waterfront eateries offer some amazing views. https://www.visitstmarysmd.com/dining/

Three Notch Trail

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The Three Notch Trail is a ten ft. wide, asphalt multi use trail is being constructed along the 28-mile County railroad right of way which runs south from Hughesville (in Charles County) to Lexington Park (to the Patuxent River Naval Air Station).  The trail, in northern St. Mary’s County, provides recreational, tourism and transportation opportunities and will promote the health and wellness benefits of hiking and biking.

Phase one begins at Route 236 in New Market and proceeds north to just beyond the County line, for a distance of about 2.25 miles.  Also, Phase five of the trail is now open, running from John Baggett Park in Laurel Grove to MD 5 in Mechanicsville.

Other phases of the trail are planned for construction and opening in the near future.

Indian Head Rail Trail

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10390 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains, MD 20695
Phone: 301-932-3470 • http://www.charlescountyparks.com

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The Indian Head Rail Trail (IHRT) is located just 18 miles south of our Nation’s Capital in Southern Maryland.  The trail has a gentle grade that is perfect for trail users of all skill levels.  From the town of Indian Head, the trail quickly transitions into a very unique natural outdoor experience with surroundings of mature forests, natural wetlands, and farmland.  The trail continues for 13 miles ending on Theodore Green Boulevard in White Plains.

Along the IHRT there are interpretive signs that highlight various natural habitat areas and wildlife species, giving visitors the opportunity to view beaver dames, bald eagles, wild turkey, white tail deer, and herons.  This multi-use trail provides walkers, runners and cyclists a serene place to enjoy recreation away from the congestion of traffic.

Trail Amenities

  • A paved 13 mile long, ten foot wide path
  • Wildlife viewing areas
  • Restroom facilities
  • Pavilions and benches
  • Interpretive signs
  • Mile markers
  • Drinking fountains at trail heads

Trail Etiquette

  • Keep to the right of the trail except when passing
  • Move off the trail when stopped
  • Cyclists (should give an audible “on your left” warning when passing
  • Ride/walk single file during busy periods
  • Dogs must be kept of 6 foot non-retractable leash
  • Familiarize yourself with all trail rules
  • Respect wildlife by keeping a distance and limiting your stay
  • Obey all traffic signs, stop at all road crossings and yield to oncoming traffic
  • Be aware of your surroundings, know your location on the trail and carry a cell phone
  • Respect the rights and privacy of adjacent property owners

Printable Trail Map

Directions to Trail Access Points

Indian Head (Trail Head) – Follow Route 210 south to Indian Head. Parking is located at the Village Green Town Park. T he trail starts at Mattingly Ave about ½ mile from parking area, follow signs.

Route 224 – Follow Route 301 to La Plata and turn onto route 225 west.  Travel approximately 9.3 miles and turn right onto Route 224. Parking is about ½ mile on the left.  Follow Route 201 to Bryans Road and turn onto route 224 south.  Travel approximately 3.8 miles and parking will be on your right. Parking for about 20 cars.

Middletown Road – From Route 301 turn onto Route 227 (Marshalls Corner Road).  Travel 1.7 miles and turn right onto Middletown Road.  Trail parking is approximately ¼ mile on right. Parking for about 16 cars.

Theodore Green Boulevard (Trail Head) – Follow Route 301 to White Plains, located just south of Waldorf.  Turn onto Theodore Green Blvd and trail parking will be located about 3/10 of a mile on the right. Parking for 75+ cars.

Sweden Point Marina

Smallwood State Park, Marbury
Phone: 301-743-7613
www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/southern/smallwood.html

Located just one mile from the main stem of the Potomac River, Sweden Point hosts many bass tournaments.  The marina has six boat ramps and piers to facilate launching.  Many park amenities are available.  Take Route 301 to Route 225 West in La Plata and left onto Route 224 and follow signs to the parks.  From Route 210, take Route 225 East in Indian Head to right onto Route 224 and follow signs to the park.

Shymansky’s Marina and Seafood

16320 Cobb Island Rd, Cobb Island, MD 20625
Phone: 301-259-2221

Shymansky’s has a single ramp located in quiet waters near Cobb Island with easy access to the Wicomico and Potomac Rivers. To reach from Route 301, travel East on Route 257 (Rock Point Rd) to Route 254 (Cobb Island Rd). Follow Route 254 to Shymansky’s, on the left just before the bridge. Boat Ramp and restaurant

Port Tobacco Marina

7536 Shirley Blvd, Port Tobacco, 20677
Phone: 301-870-3133 • www.porttobaccorestaurant.com

Located in historic Port Tobacco, one of Maryland’s oldest towns, this marina offers three ramps and fuel. There is a ramp fee and seasonal hours of operation. Take Route 301 to La Plata and turn West on Route 6. Follow Route 6 West for three miles to Shirley Blvd. Turn left on Shirley Blvd and follow the signs for approximately one mile to the marina.