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Life along the South River in lovely Anne Arundel County, Maryland is rich in history, maritime amusements and entertainment venues. Whether you’re seeking chic boutiques, intriguing historic sites, fine restaurants or glorious sailing adventures, you’ll find it all along the South River. Across from the bustling charm of Annapolis, and graced with bountiful natural beauty and recreational opportunities, the South River area is the perfect place to live and play.


The South River itself is a 10-mile long tributary of the magnificent Chesapeake Bay with headwaters in Anne Arundel County. Pretty communities cluster around lovely coves and beaches, offering a peaceful lifestyle conveniently close to the urban excitement of Baltimore and Washington, DC. The river is tranquilly lovely, its bays and inlets offering a wealth of cruising explorations for yachtsmen. Thomas Point Park, 44 verdant acres of bike paths, nature trails and picnicking areas, lies at the mouth of the river, surrounded by excellent fishing waters. Aptly named Quiet Waters Park offers meandering nature trails bordered by flowering dogwoods, tall pines and towering white oaks. Championship golf courses are abundant, and biking, hiking, kayaking, fishing, swimming and boating are perennial favorites of residents and visitors alike. Weekends from Labor Day through October, Crownsville hosts the lively Maryland Renaissance Festival, a vividly recreated 22 acre medieval village with jousting, live entertainment, food and shopping


Founded in 1649 on the north shore of the Severn River across from present day Annapolis on a charter granted to Lord Cecil Calvert by King Charles I of England, Anne Arundel County was named after Lord Calvert’s wife following her untimely death in 1650. The area played intriguing roles in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars and the Emancipation. Originally home to fields of tobacco, the lush countryside around Anne Arundel’s South River later became a resort area for the wealthy of Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The South River is rich in fascinating historic sites. Founded as a base for ferry passengers crossing the South River to Annapolis, colonial seaport London Town exists today in the exquisitely restored buildings and gardens of the London Towne Public House, a historic landmark situated on eight lovely riverfront acres. History buffs will also be fascinated by the iconic red-roofed screw pile Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, which has guided boats by light and foghorn through this dangerous passage since 1825.