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 Queen Anne's County Maryland

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Court House at Centerville

Queen Anne's County was erected in 1706, and the bounds of the four counties above the Great Choptank were described and fixed by the Assembly of that year with definiteness.
Queen Anne's takes in the territory between the Delaware line and the Bay (including Kent Island) south of the Chester and north of the Wye and Tuckahoe Rivers. Kent is its northern and Talbot and Caroline its southern neighbors. Agriculturally, the county is highly favored, the soil being very fertile and the surface rolling. The area of the county is 376 square miles. Kent Island is opposite Anne Arundel, and its wooded shores are visible from the State House at Annapolis. Although under cultivation for two and a half centuries, the island is the delight of agriculturists, its rich soil producing in profusion all the staple Maryland crops.

Oysters, crabs, fish and water fowl are plentiful in Queen Anne's waters. Practically all the arable land of the county is under cultivation. The industrial establishments are chiefly flour mills and canneries. The Queen Anne's Railroad runs from Love Point, on Kent Island, through the southern part of the county to Lewes, Delaware, and the Queen Anne's and Kent Railroad, of the Pennsylvania system, terminates at Centreville, the county seat (population, 1,231), to which point a spur of the Queen Anne's has been extended.

Steamboats bring the watersides of the county within a few hours' trip of Baltimore City. Queenstown, on the eastern waterfront, was the colonial county seat, and has an interesting history. A school here attained some reputation before the revolution. In provincial times Queen Anne's and Talbot were favorite places of summer residence for leading men of Maryland, who cultivated broad estates in these counties in the intervals between their official duties at Annapolis or participation in its social gayeties. Queen Anne's rivals St. Mary's as the favorite field of writers of historical romances.

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Source: History of Maryland, by L. Magruder Passano, Wm. J.C. Dulany Company, 1901.

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