Located in Anne Arundel County, the Annapolis, London Town, and South County Heritage Area exemplifies Maryland's rich historic, cultural, and natural legacy. Inextricably intertwined with the shoreline, rivers, and creeks of the Chesapeake Bay, the area extends along the bay from Sandy Point State Park south to the Calvert County line. Its western boundary is formed by U.S. 50-301 and Solomons Island Road.
The Annapolis, London Town, and South County Heritage Area encompasses a wealth of resources of state, national, and international significance. These diverse resources range from the well-preserved baroque city plan and historic buildings of Annapolis to the pastoral landscapes, historic sites, and watermen's villages of South County; from prominent landmarks such as the Maryland State House, U.S. Naval Academy, and London Town House and Gardens to waterfront parks such as Sandy Point State Park and Quiet Waters Park. The history and culture of the heritage area have been and continue to be shaped by the Chesapeake Bay, one of the world's great estuarine systems. Major events in the birth and growth of the nation took place in the Annapolis region. This experience is in many ways a model for the rest of the country.
The Annapolis, London Town, and South County Heritage Area is an established heritage tourism destination and possesses a quality of life that is highly valued by residents. The Maryland Heritage Areas Program provides an exciting opportunity to strengthen heritage tourism in a way that enhances quality of life by contributing to the local economy, improving management of tourism activities, and preserving and deepening appreciation of the area's resources and traditions.