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Cosca Park

Located in southern Prince George's County's Clinton Maryland, Louisa F. Cosca Regional Park is more than 690 acres in size. Some areas within the park have been developed for recreational use, but much of the park remains in its natural, undeveloped state. Clearwater Nature Center, is a staffed facility which offers a variety of interpretive programs, exhibits, and special events, is located in the park. The park also includes the following developed facilities: picnic areas and shelters, a picnic pavilion, a tram train, four lighted outdoor tennis courts, two unlighted outdoor tennis courts, a lake for boating and fishing, a boathouse, playgrounds, an equestrian trail network, a nature trail network, 25 campsites, comfort stations, two lighted softball fields, one unlighted softball field, two lighted baseball fields, and the Cosca Tennis Bubble, with four lighted tennis courts. Athletic fields are available by permit only; the picnic pavilion and some picnic shelters are also reserved by permit. Cosca Regional Park is a great place for enjoying nature, family fun, and picnics.

Take National Beltway (I495) Exit 7-A (MD Rt. 5 south) for 4 miles. At Clinton, turn right on MD Rt. 223 (Woodyard Road) and go one mile. Turn left at light on Brandywine Road (Md Rt. 381) and continue just over one mile to the light at Thrift Road and turn right. The Louise Cosca Park Athletic Complex entrance is on the right in about one mile. The main park entrance is a short distance further, also on the right.

Andrews AFB

The military history of Andrews AFB began in the 1850's during the Civil War when Union troops occupied a small country church near Camp Springs, Md., as sleeping quarters. At present, the same church is used on the base and is known as Chapel Two.

Established first as Camp Springs Army Air Field, Andrews' history began 25 Aug 1941, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt wrote a letter to the secretary of war directing the use of the land on which the base now stands. Located 10 miles southeast of Washington, D.C., in Prince George's County, Md., the base was under construction during the remainder of 1942 and became operational May 2, 1943, with the arrival of the first Republic P-47 Thunderbolt. The name of the base was changed to Andrews Field 31 Mar 1945, in honor of LtGen Frank M. Andrews, commander of European operations for all Army Air Forces. The year 1947 marked the arrival of the first permanently assigned jet powered aircraft, the F-80 Shooting Star, at Andrews.

In July, 1961 Andrews became the home of the official presidential aircraft, known as "Air Force One" when the president is on board. In 1963, the Naval Air Facility (NAF), originally established at Anacostia in 1919, moved to Andrews. The NAF handles Naval VIP flight operations and is home for a Marine Corps detachment that flies the FA-18 Hornet. Coast Guard Air Station Washington DC occupies space at Andrews AFB. Andrews AFB has evolved to become one of the most modern bases in the Air Force.

Clinton, Maryland

Founded in the 1770's by the Surratt family, then named Surratt's Villa, was a simple crossroads with a few buildings.The village was later called SURRATTSVILLE, likely after the Surratt family who also ran a tavern, which served also as the post office and polling place. Later the town was called ROBEYSTOWN, after the Robey family who owned the property. In 1878, however, the Post Office took on the name of CLINTON. It's believed after Mary Surratt was hanged for possible involvement in the Lincoln assassination the community wanted to get away from the notoriety of its association with her. Exactly how the name Clinton was selected is uncertain. The local high school retains the name of Surrattsville, and local historians have continually urged Clinton to retake its original name. Clinton is not an incorporated municipality.

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Area Restaurants: IHOP, Tai Jung, Ruby Tuesday, Eastern, Popeyes, Wendy's, Panda Express, Quiznos, Subway, Checkers, Hog on the Hill, 3 Brothers, Taco Bell, Topolino, Pizza Hut, KFC, Papa John's, Ledos, Maggie Moos, Wayfarer, Decoy Lounge, Mama Stella's,
Area Shopping: Sears Essentials, Walmart, Staples, Lowe's, Autozone, Advanced Auto, CVS, Rite Aid, Dollar General, Toy R Us, Giant, Safeway, Hallmark, Shopper's Food, Radio Shack, Dollar Tree, Clinton Carpet, Bare Feet Shoes, Mattress Warehouse, Stacks & Tracks,
Area Services: Tommy's Auto, Dick's Auto, UPS Store, Parcel Plus, Curves, Rolling Greens, J&S Metal Works, Spectrum Glass, Precision Tune, Gem Specialties, Hair Cuttery, Clinton Awnings, Walls Tree Service, Clinton Cut'N Curl, PC Paging, Clinton Barber Shop, Wells Fargo
Area Banks: Chevy Chase, Provident, Bank of America, M&T, PNC, BB&T, Suntrust

Prince Goeorge's County

After heavy exploration and colonization by Captain John Smith and settlers from England and continental Europe, Prince George's County was named for Prince George of Denmark when it was officially established in 1696. Prince George's vast wilderness provided lumber while its many navigable rivers such as the Potomac and the Patuxent, as well as the Chesapeake Bay, offered shipping and trading opportunities. The county quickly became the jewel of the new world. Although many of the original Prince George's establishments remained small, Upper Marlboro and Bladensburg grew into major centers of political activity and commerce. and culture.

John Hanson, first president of the United States under the Articles of Confederation, made his home in Prince George's County, while John Carroll, the first archbishop of the United States, was born in the county seat Upper Marlborough, later shortened to Upper Marlboro. It was from the northwest corner of expansive Prince George's County that a portion of land was ceded by the state of Maryland to the federal government to establish Washington, D.C. Prince George's County now covers 487 square miles and borders Washington D.C. on the East and is just 37 miles south of Baltimore, just minutes from the political, social and cultural life of Washington, D.C. and from the many pleasures of Annapolis, the Eastern Shore and the neighboring Cumberland mountain areas. Prince George's County holds over 300 years of history and a diversity of landscapes and lifestyles unique in the Washington metropolitan area.

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Geographically the state covers an area of 12407 square miles with land of 9775 square miles and water of 2633 square miles including 31 miles of coastline and Shorelines of 3,190 miles. The states lowest point is Bloody Point Hole, at 174 feet below sea level and the highest point is Backbone Mountain (near Cumberland MD) at 3360 feet. Maryland has 47 operational State parks, including 7 parks with waterfront areas, covering 90,239 acres; 15 State-owned lakes and ponds that are open for public fishing; 9 State forests and 36 wildlife management areas, covering 88,348 acres, and 6 natural environment areas covering 7,676 acres. Swallow Falls State Park near Oakland showcases Muddy Creek Falls, it is the largest waterfall in Maryland at 63 feet. Oak and hickory are the dominant hardwood or deciduous forest type, making up 60% of forested areas. Loblolly pine is the most prevalent softwood and is the predominant forest wood on the Eastern Shore.

Famous people of Maryland include Babe Ruth, the Sultan of Swat, who was born in Baltimore and attended Saint Mary's Industrial School. Frederick Douglass editor and abolitionist was born in Tuckahoe. The actor John Wilkes, who assassinated Lincoln, was from Harford County. Jazz-blues singer Billie Holiday was born in Baltimore. Freedom fighter Harriet Tubman, conductor for the Underground Railroad, was from Dorchester County. Benjamin Banneker was born in Ellicott, an inventor, surveyor, farmer, and scientist who is best known for his almanacs. Champion shooter and star of Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, Annie Oakley was born in Cambridge.

Maryland is home to many places of note. The United States Naval Academy which was founded on October 10, 1845 at Annapolis. The beautiful Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a fine 19th century building, the first cathedral in the United States and marks Baltimore as the first Roman Catholic diocese in the states. The National Aquarium is located in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Tilghman Island is home to the Skipjacks, the only commercial sailing fleet in North America. The Bollman Truss Railroad Bridge in Savage is made of both cast iron and wrought iron. It is the only open railroad bridge of its type anywhere in the world. The Concord Point Lighthouse in Havre de Grace is the oldest continuously operated lighthouse in the state. The National Institute of Standards and Technology gave Gaithersburg the designation Science Capital of the United States when the Bureau moved to the area in 1961. The famous Chincoteague ponies are well known on Assateague Island.

In 1632 Charles I granted a Maryland Charter to George Calvert, Baron of Baltimore. Lord Baltimore and his son Cecil strongly supported the forming of the colonial settlement. In 1633, led by Leonard Calvert, Cecil's younger brother, the first group of settlers set sail for Maryland to establish a colony of freemen. Maryland was the seventh state to ratify the Constitution in 1788. The "Old Line State" was admitted to Statehood on April 28, 1788. Maryland gave up some of it's land to form the nations captial Washington D.C. King Williams School opened in 1696 it was the first school in the United States. In 1830 the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company built the first railroad station in Baltimore. The first dental school in the United States opened at the University of Maryland. America's national anthem was written by Francis Scott Key a Maryland lawyer, possibly on September 14, 1818 while watching the bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor. Maryland was first state to enact Workmen's compensation laws in 1902. For more Maryland history visit.
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