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Two Charles County landmarks have been recognized by Maryland Life magazine as among the finest in the state.

The magazine’s annual “Free State’s Finest” competition designates state attractions in a variety of categories as the best to be found. This year, Port Tobacco Players was recognized as among the best theaters in the state, and the Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House was selected as the editor’s pick for finest historical attraction.

This is the third consecutive year that PTP at 508 Charles St. in La Plata has been designated as one of the state’s finest theaters.

“We’re very pleased with the support we receive from our patrons,” said Amy Cooksey, PTP vice president and public affairs chairwoman. “They’re really the ones who allow us to keep receiving this honor by continuing to attend all the productions we stage every year. This is really cool, especially considering that we’re listed in there with some of the most professional theaters in the state.”

Danny Fluhart, president of the Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House, was similarly pleased with the museum’s recognition as one of the best attractions in the state.

“It’s quite an honor,” Fluhart said. “We have a nice group of volunteers, and this is exciting for them and the work that they do here. To receive that honor is quite wonderful.”

The Mudd House, which attracts about 5,000 people annually, is entirely self-sufficient and receives no funding from the state or the county. Instead, its funding relies upon admission and proceeds from its gift shop, among other things.

The site contains a farm museum, a Civil War museum, a tobacco museum, an exhibit building, a hiking trail that traces the path John Wilkes Booth took after leaving the farm and Mudd’s home itself.

The Mudd House, at 3725 Dr. Samuel Mudd Road in Waldorf, will reopen to the public for the season on March 31.

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