Crofton was founded in the mid-1960s as one of the nations earliest planned communities. It made Money Magazine's list of top 100 place to live in 2007 and 2011. It's close proximity to Washington DC, downtown Baltimore and other points of interest such as Baltimore-Washington International Airport and Washington's Capital One Arena.
Crofton main landmarks include: White's Hall, the birthplace of Johns Hopkins, entrepreneur and philanthropist whose greatest legacy is the funding of Johns Hopkins University. Gerrard Hopkins came to America from England, settling in Crofton in 1660. The Hopkins family was in the Crofton area for 270 years and accumulated more than 1,000 acres (400 ha) of land. The historic house still exists near the corner of Riedel Road and Johns Hopkins Road. It is privately owned but empty.
Linthicum Walks is a home built over 200 years ago by Thomas Linthicum III, a member of an influential family in Anne Arundel County. The original grant for the land was to Evan Davis in 1672 and obtained in 1699 by Thomas Linthicum, a Welsh immigrant. It was part of a medium-sized tobacco farm. George Washington stayed here during his travels to and from Annapolis and Philadelphia and his home at Mount Vernon, Virginia. Located next to Crofton Middle School and the planned location for Crofton High School, Linthicum Walks is owned by Anne Arundel County, run by the Department of Recreation and Parks and is currently being restored. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
Fun fact: Crofton was in the national news in late June and early July 2002 after a Northern Snakehead fish was discovered in a local pond.This discovery was highly unusual and inspired several movies including, Snakehead Terror, Frankenfish, Swarm of the Snakehead and Fishzilla.
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