Anne Arundel County
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Anne Arundel County is a county located in the U.S. state of Maryland. It is named for Anne Arundell (1615–49), a member of the ancient family of Arundells in Cornwall, England and the wife of Cæcilius Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore. Its county seat is Annapolis, which is also the capital of the state. In 2010, its population was 537,656, a population increase of just under 10% since 2000.
Anne Arundel County forms part of the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. The center of population of Maryland is located on the county line between Anne Arundel County and Howard County, in the unincorporated town of Jessup.
Anne Arundel County is home to Annapolis, the capitol of the state of Maryland. The area was originally settled in 1649 by Puritan exiles from Virginia. Today it is a quaint town with shopping, restaurants, and many historical landmarks. Boaters have easy access to the Annapolis City Dock and the dock also provides opportunities for land-lubbers to enjoy the water with short cruise on the bay or around the Annapolis area.
With hundreds of miles of coastline, Anne Arundel County is known for its boating and water sports including fishing, boating, crabbing and swimming. Sandy Point State Park is a great location to enjoy water recreation. If you enjoy hiking, the Glendening Nature Preserve in the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary offers a peaceful place to enjoy nature.
Anne Arundel offers a great quality of life to its residents and attracts people who work in both Baltimore and Washington. For more information about the housing market in Anne Arundel County of Maryland please contact The Mark & Reta Sponsky Team.
Maryland Park Service
Sandy Point State Park is located at the end of the Broadneck peninsula near the west end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. It features a beach and marina and hosts many festivals and special events throughout the year. Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden is located at the Department of Natural Resources headquarters in Annapolis. The 5 acre garden features representations of the state's various geographic areas. The county also contains some of the easternmost portions of Patapsco Valley State Park, consisting of mostly undeveloped areas of forest and wetlands along the lower Patapsco River.
Anne Arundel Recreation and Parks
The Department of Recreation and Parks maintains a "a comprehensive system of recreational programs for county residents and the preservation of valuable land," including indoor and outdoor sports facilities, community parks, green ways, archaeological, environmental, and historical preserves, and large regional facilities. Some of the major facilities include the Baltimore & Annapolis Trail, Downs Park, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Kinder Farm Park, and Quiet Waters Park. Other major attractions include the Maryland Renaissance Festival near Annapolis, the Maryland State House and the Colonial Annapolis Historic District. Anne Arundel County is home to the two largest shopping malls in the State of Maryland: Westfield Annapolis Mall and Arundel Mills in Hanover. Adjacent to Arundel Mills is the Maryland Live! casino.
Anne Aroundel County History
The County was named for Anne Arundell, the daughter of Thomas Arundell, 1st Baron Arundell of Wardour, members of the ancient family of Arundells in Cornwall, England. She married Cæcilius Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore in 1627 or 1628. Anne Arundel County was originally part of St. Mary's County in the Province of Maryland. In 1650, the year after Anne Arundell's death, the county separated and became the 3rd of 23 Maryland counties. Between 1654 and 1658, the county was known as "Providence County" by many of its early Puritan settlers.
On March 25, 1655, during the English Civil War, the Battle of the Severn was fought in Anne Arundel County between Puritan forces supporting the Commonwealth of England and forces loyal to Cæcilius Calvert. The Commonwealth forces under William Fuller were victorious. Between 1694 and 1695, the capital of Maryland was moved from St. Mary's City in St. Mary's County to Annapolis in Anne Arundel County. Prior to the move, Annapolis was known as "Providence". During the American Revolutionary War, citizens of Anne Arundel County supported the Continental Army by providing troops for three regiments. The 3rd Maryland Regiment, the 4th Maryland Regiment, and the 6th Maryland Regiment recruited in the county.
During the War of 1812, the USS Constitution sailed from Annapolis prior to its victorious engagement with the HMS Guerriere. On May 22, 1830, the inaugural horse-drawn train of the B & O Railroad travelled the 13 miles (21 km) of the newly-completed track from Mount Clare Station in Baltimore City to Ellicott Mills in Anne Arundel County. This was the first regular railroad passenger service in the United States. In 1831, Land West of the railroad was considered the Howard District of Anne Arundel County. In 1851, The Howard district was broken off to form Howard County, the 21st county in Maryland. The county has a number of properties on the National Register of Historic Places.
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