Smallwood State Park

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Smallwood State Park
Smallwood house NW facade.jpg
Smallwood's Retreat
Map showing the location of Smallwood State Park
Map showing the location of Smallwood State Park
Location in Maryland
LocationCharles, Maryland, United States
Coordinates38°33′23″N 77°11′07″W / 38.55639°N 77.18528°W / 38.55639; -77.18528Coordinates: 38°33′23″N 77°11′07″W / 38.55639°N 77.18528°W / 38.55639; -77.18528[1]
Area984 acres (398 ha)[2]
Elevation3 ft (0.91 m)[1]
OperatorMaryland Department of Natural Resources
WebsiteSmallwood State Park

Smallwood State Park is a public recreation and historic preservation area located on Mattawoman Creek near Marbury, Charles County, Maryland. The state park preserves the plantation home of General William Smallwood, Smallwood's Retreat. The park's 984 acres (398 ha) include a marina, boat ramps, picnicking facilities, campsites, cabins, trails, and nature center.[3]


After a succession of occupants left Smallwood's Retreat in ruins, a local citizens group organized in 1934 to see to its protection. Restoration took place between 1954 and the dedication of the original thirty-acre state park in 1958.[4]



  1. ^ a b "Smallwood State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ "Fiscal Year 2016 DNR Owned Lands Acreage" (PDF). Maryland Department of Natural Resources. July 29, 2016. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "Smallwood State Park". Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved November 19, 2013.
  4. ^ "Smallwood Retreat House". Charles County Government. Retrieved November 9, 2017.

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