La Plata (Maryland)
La Plata is a city in Southern Maryland. It is the county seat of Charles County.
La Plata is located on US Route 301, a major East coast North-South highway. La Plata does not have an airport or a train service. The easiest way to get to La Plata is by car. Driving time to La Plata is about 1 hour from Washington, D.C., about 1.5 hours from Baltimore, and about one hour and forty-five minutes from Richmond (Virginia).
- Thomas Stone National Historic Site (Habre de Venture), 6655
Rose Hill Rd, Port Tobacco, ☎ +1 301 392-1776. 9AM-5PM daily. This is the house of Thomas Stone, one of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence. The National Park Service operates a visitor center with information about the Revolutionary leader's life and the Declaration of Independence, and also offers guided tours of the country estate. Free.
Just at the western edge of La Plata is Port Tobacco, Maryland's smallest town (15 people), dating back to 1727. Owing in no part to its extremely small size, the village is well preserved and home to much archaeological research. To get here, take MD-6 (Port Tobacco Rd) west from La Plata and then make a left on Chapel Point Rd. Turn right on small Commerce St for the village itself, while St. Thomas Manor is further south along the same road.
- Port Tobacco Courthouse (Port Tobacco Museum), Commerce St, Port Tobacco, ☎ +1 301 934-4313. The Courthouse is the centerpiece of the historic village, and upstairs they maintain a small museum with exhibits on local history and archaeological findings. Occasional tours in with costumed docents.
- St. Thomas Manor (St. Ignatius Church), 8855 Chapel Point Road, Port Tobacco Village, ☎ +1 301 934-8245. The oldest continuously occupied Jesuit residence in the world, the Manor and Church is a pretty place to visit, with a good bit of history to its name. The mission was founded in 1641 to administer to the Potapoco American Indians. It was here that John Carroll was invested in his robes as the first Catholic bishop in the country (he later also founded Georgetown University). Outbuildings include a small, mid-19th century wood-frame slaves' quarter.
- Gilbert Run Park, 13140 Charles St, Charlotte Hall, ☎ +1 301 932-1083. March-November: sunrise-sunset. A good sized wooded state park with hiking and nature trails, playgrounds, and a 60 acre lake for fishing, pedal boating, rowboating, and canoeing. Free entry.
- Johnny Boy's Ribs, 7540 Crain Hwy, ☎ +1 301 870-2526. Su-Th 11AM-9PM, F-Sa 11AM-10PM. Johnny Boy's is the famous restaurant in these parts, serving great dry-rub ribs from the open pit and even more popular BBQ sandwiches. Locals fill the parking lot line up for the famous sauce. Outdoor picnic table seating only.
- Royal Tea Room, 110 Charles St, ☎ +1 301 392-1111. Tu-Sa 11AM-4PM, Su noon-4PM; afternoon tea: 1PM-4PM by reservation only. A genteel spot for an English-style country tea, if ever there was one in a Maryland cottage. The Royal Tea comes with scones, tea sandwiches, soup, fruit, cheese, sweets, etc., and is a nice way to pamper yourself for the afternoon. For whatever reason, the staff often seems flustered by rare(?) male customers. Open for lunch as well. $15-24.
- Marie's Family Restaurant, 6325 Crain Hwy, ☎ +1 301 932-6884. Breakfast-lunch daily. A country diner that is a favorite among locals for breakfast. $4-11.
- Casey Jones Restaurant, E Charles St & Maple Ave, ☎ +1 301 932-6226. Arguably the nicest restaurant in town, with standouts on the menu like crab cakes, various sandwiches, and good pizza. The bar scene is also quite popular with the locals, with a good beer selection, and frequent live honky tonk bands.
- Best Western, 6900 Crain Hwy, ☎ +1 301 934-4900. A particularly nice franchise, with touches like free bottled waters in the room, cookies on arrival, lobby fireplace, etc. 24 hour gym, outdoor pool, business center. $85-120.
- Part of Plenty B&B, 8664 Port Tobacco Rd, ☎ +1 301 934-0707. A charming country B&B outside the town towards Port Tobacco, with gardens, three rooms, a separate carriage house, an outdoor pool, and convivial owners. $79-115.
- Patuxent Inn, 9400 Chesapeake St, ☎ +1 301 934-3465. A small, non-chain hotel, with WiFi, weekly rates available, boat outlets, and microwaves & fridges in all rooms. $70-100.
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