Located just a few miles to the southwest of Annapolis, Maryland, Edgewater is a small unincorporated city with a long and varied history. The city once rivaled nearby Annapolis in trade and commerce and was even considered as a potential site for the capital of Maryland during the Colonial Period. Today, Edgewater is primarily a residential community, home to families and metropolitan commuters who prefer small-town life. As the site of the “lost city” of London Town, Edgewater attracts visitors interested in Maryland’s past as well.


The area that would become the community of Edgewater was settled in 1683 as the new city of London Town. Situated near a public ferry crossing on the South River, the city built a thriving economy around the tobacco trade. London Town continued to prosper until 1747 when new tobacco regulations forced London Town out of the industry. By the end of the Revolutionary War, the city had all but disappeared. Fishing and farming were the surrounding community’s main sources of income until the suburban development of the 20th century. Today, the unincorporated city of Edgewater includes the acreage once known as London Town.


The land area of Edgewater is around 3 square miles. The city is bordered by Beards Creek to the northwest, South River to the northeast, Glebe Bay to the southeast and the community of Riva to the southwest. Maryland Route 2, also known as Solomons Island Road, connects the city to northern communities across the South River.


Edgewater has a subtropical climate with humid, hot summers and cool winters. Annual rainfall averages around 40 inches with a fairly even distribution in every season. Snowfall in the winter is lighter in Edgewater than in other areas of Anne Arundel County.


The population for Edgewater was 9,023 at the 2010 census. There are around 3,500 households living within in the community with an average 2.59 people per household. At 83 percent, the rate of homeownership is higher in Edgewater than in other Maryland communities. The median averages around $88,500. Edgewater is served by the Anne Arundel County Public School System.

Edgewater Attractions

The Woodland Beach area of Edgewater where the community of London Town was once situated is now owned by the County of Anne Arundel, and several reconstructed Colonial buildings, a museum and a botanical park make up the Historic London Town and Gardens. Recognized as a National Historic Landmark, the park includes the William Brown House, a beautiful Georgian home built in 1764. Restored to its original condition, the house offers visitors a glimpse of pre-revolutionary life in America.

Also located on London Town’s original site, the Woodland Garden is one of standout attractions of Anne Arundel County. The gorgeous grounds feature several historical gardens, including a Colonial kitchen and medicinal garden. Situated in the center of the city, the family-friendly Edgewater Park has six baseball, softball and multipurpose fields, a paved trail and a picnic pavilion. For boaters, Pier 7 Marina boasts slips for more than 200 vessels, a restaurant, bar and a full-service bath house.

Coastal Heating and Air Conditioning Service in Edgewater

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