Introduction to La Plata, Maryland
La Plata History
La Plata was named after the La Plata River in Argentina by Colonel Samuel Chapman. The community was founded in the 1870s. It was originally served by the Pennsylvania Railroad. La Plata was incorporated as a town on April 4, 1888. It is the county seat of Charles County, which was created in 1658.
La Plata and nearby Attractions
- African - American Heritage Museum
- Chapel Point State Park
- Myrtle Grove Wildlife Management Area
- Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House Museum
- Arthur Storer Planetarium
Things To Do In La Plata
The African American Heritage Museum showcases various artifacts reflecting the historical and cultural background of this area. Local parks include Silver Linden Park, Tilghman Park, Wills Memorial Park and the Clark Run Nature Area. The Potomac Square Shopping Center, the Hawthorne Shopping Center and the La Plata Shopping Center are the local shopping centers. The Myrtle Grove Wildlife Management Area and Chapel Point State Park are the other popular attractions in the area. In addition, the town hosts the Charles County Fair every year.
La Plata Transportation
Washington Reagan National is the nearest major airport.
La Plata Higher Education
The College of Southern Maryland is located in La Plata. The University of Maryland, Howard University and Georgetown University are all close by as well.