Description - General Smallwood State Park was dedicated in September 1958, as a historic park. At the time, the park consisted of 30 acres of land, which included the Retreat House, and the gravesite of General William Smallwood. Smallwood State Park takes its name from General William Smallwood, a native of Charles County. He was the highest ranked Marylander who served in the American Revolutionary War. During his term as the 4th Governor of Maryland, the state ratified the Federal Constitution.
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Home of General William Smallwood
Besides the restored house, the 628-acre park offers a marina not always known as Sweden Point Marina. At one time, it was referred to as Sweetman's Landing. The area that is referred to as Grinder's Wharf is only a few exposed pilings today. The Grinder family was one of the areas major brick manufacturers in the Chicamuxen area. They in turn used Grinders Wharf to ship their brick out to the wholesalers. In the mid 1800s, the Washington Steamship Lines on the Potomac used the wharf. The steamers would pick up water on their journey south to the Chesapeake Bay.
- Smallwood State Park attracts history enthusiasts, boaters, anglers, campers, and others to the 682-acre park that rests on the Mattawoman Creek, a major tributary of the Potomac River. The Smallwood Retreat plantation house is open free April to October where costumed interpreters bring the past to life. Groups may schedule tours. A fairly large marina facility offers boat launching ramps, 50 boat slips, dry storage area, concession, and the Marina Services Building, a rental facility for parties and meetings. Fishing is huge attraction at this park due to its proximity to the Potomac River, which is one of the premier bass fishing areas on the East Coast. For those individuals that wish to fish from shore, there are several areas including stationary piers located at the marina. The park also features a hardwood canopied family and youth campground with reservable sites. A large picnic area, complete with pavilions, and a relatively short trail skirts the campground and historic area. An amphitheater hosts many events including craft demonstrations, military exhibitions and a variety of talks.
Recreation - Recreations available to the public include a boat launch, boating, cabins and campsites, cross-country skiing, fishing, paddlesports, concession, hiking, historic house, and picnicking.
Climate - Maryland has four distinct seasons with spring and fall being particularly pleasant with low humidity and mild temperatures. The average January temperature ranges between 30 and 34 degrees F (-1 to 1 C) with July averages ranging between 74 degrees F and 80 degrees F. Typically, coastal temperatures are slightly warmer then the western Appalachian Plateau area. Travelers should be aware that winters can become miserably cold and summers can be hazy, hot and humid with afternoon thundershowers.
Smallwood State Park is located 17 miles southwest of Waldorf off MD State Route 224 on the Mattawoman Creek in Charles County.