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A booming suburban county south of Washington, Charles County was named after Charles Calvert, Third Lord Baltimore, who lived from 1637 to 1671. The county seat is LaPlata. Principal towns are Waldorf and Indian Head. The county's history is mainly agricultural, focusing on the growth of tobacco. Although many tobacco farms have been replaced with subdivisions, regular tobacco auctions are still held at Hughesville on Route 5. With more than 100 miles of Potomac shoreline, Charles County is actively promoting its excellent fishing and recreational resources. The county is bounded by Prince George's County to the North, and St. Mary's County to the east.