June 26, 2019 at 12:59pm | Michael Hunter
      Port Republic is a small, rural unincorporated community located at the crossroads of MD 2/MD 4, MD 264, MD 509, MD 765, and Parkers Creek Road in Calvert County, Maryland. It is approximately five miles south of Prince Frederick, the county seat of Calvert County. While Port Republic is not incorporated and has no central business district, it nonetheless features several places of note, including historic Christ Episcopal Church, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, and a restored one room school building. The annual Calvert County Jousting Tournament is held the last Saturday in August on the grounds of Christ Church, and was featured in a 2005 edition of ESPN's SportsCenter's "50 States in 50 Days" feature. The former College of Southern Maryland campus at Port Republic was relocated in 2005 to Prince Frederick. Residential communities located in Port Republic include Governors' Run, Kenwood Beach, Scientists' Cliffs, and Western Shores. Port Republic has a post office with the designated ZIP code 20676.
       There isn't too much to do in Port Republic, but what they do have, is worth coming to Port Republic for! Parkers Creek Natural Area has the largest contiguous tracts of forest in Calvert County. It progresses from dry, sandy upland woods to cool, moist ravines and forested wetlands. The ancient shell deposits from the Miocene Epoch, which deposit fossils on the beaches of Calvert County, create fertile soils in the inland ravines that support remarkable spring wildflower displays. Flowers such as American Golden Saxifrage and Two-leaf Miterwort , uncommon on the typically poor soils of the Coastal Plain, thrive in the rich, moist soils of these steeply sloped valleys. Eastern Fence Lizards  and other reptiles make their home in the dry, sandy uplands, as do some unusual plants. The creek meanders near the coast.
      If you are in Port Republic, you HAVE to check out Megaladon Adventure Charters! Captain Dan Hamilton has over 40 years of experience fishing on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. The F/V Megalodon- a 25 foot Parker Pilothouse model MV2520SC built in Beaufort, North Carolina, in 2003. Equipped with a 2003 Yamaha 225 HP four stroke motor and outfitted with SIMRAD electronics in 2016. Vessel Capacity is 12 persons;fully equipped with all necessary safety equipment per current US coast Guard regulations. Fishing Charters and Adventure Charters are available! Explore the remote beaches below the world famous Calvert Cliffs and search for Miocene fossils such as shark's teeth and the Maryland state Fossil, Ecphora gardnerae. Find remnants of vintyage and antique beach glass for a spectacular souvenir. On rare occasions you might find an arrowhead! Paddle a few miles inland on Parker’s Creek and enjoy one of the most pristine and picturesque watersheds remaining on the Western Shore of the Chesapeake. Explore the secluded shallows of Slaughter Creek on the Eastern Shore while you photograph nesting Ospreys and stately Bald Eagles. Experience the beautiful beaches of uninhabited islands like James Island in the mouth of the Little Choptank River. Visit and enjoy the amazing history of Sharps Island Light, Cove Point Light, Drum Point Light, Hooper’s Island Light or Bloody Point Light.  Port Republic has much to offer! Check it out!



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