Farming in Anne Arundel County

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Since early settlers landed on Maryland's shores, agriculture has played a vital role in shaping the colony and state. Founded in 1650 in central Maryland, Anne Arundel County is home to Annapolis, the state's capital. Spanning 416 square miles and boasting 533 miles of Chesapeake Bay coastline, the county was once dotted with pastoral farming villages where tobacco was the major cash crop. In time, farmers diversified and adapted their craft and products to meet the demands of an ever-changing world. By the mid-1900s, truck crops became a leading agricultural commodity as farmers began to raise livestock and other produce to supplement their income. The county's proximity to Washington, DC, and Baltimore created job opportunities that led to suburban expansion, and by the late 20th century, tobacco—once the backbone of Maryland agriculture—was replaced by other crops. Images of America: Farming in Anne Arundel County chronicles the county's rich agricultural history and transformation through images collected from farm families and historical organizations.
ISBN: 9780738587561
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Maryland
Series: Images of America
Images: 230
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
For more than 30 years, author Frederick H. Doepkens taught agricultural science for Baltimore County public schools. His love of agriculture stems from growing up on his family's diversified crops and livestock/tobacco farm in Davidsonville in Anne Arundel County.
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