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Aquasco, Maryland
View along Aquasco Road at Croom Road in Aquasco, MD
View along Aquasco Road at Croom Road in Aquasco, MD
Aquasco, Maryland is located in Maryland
Aquasco, Maryland
Aquasco, Maryland
Location in Maryland
Aquasco, Maryland is located in the United States
Aquasco, Maryland
Aquasco, Maryland
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  Maryland
County Prince George's
 • Total 22.11 sq mi (57.27 km2)
 • Land 19.78 sq mi (51.23 km2)
 • Water 2.33 sq mi (6.04 km2)
 • Total 913
 • Density 46.16/sq mi (17.82/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
FIPS code 24-01925
GNIS feature ID 597013

Aquasco is an unincorporated area and census-designated place in southeastern Prince George's County, Maryland, United States, surrounding the town of Eagle Harbor and bordering Charles County. As of the 2020 census, the CDP had a population of 913. Aquasco was home to the Aquasco Speedway.


Aquasco occupies the southeastern corner of Prince George's County and is centered on the intersection of Maryland Route 381, Aquasco Road, and Maryland Route 233, Dr. Bowen Road. The Patuxent River forms the eastern boundary of the community. As of the 2010 census, the CDP had a total area of 22.1 square miles (57.3 km2), of which 19.8 square miles (51.3 km2) was land and 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2), or 10.55%, was water, consisting primarily of the Patuxent River.

The Aquasco CDP contains the Chalk Point Generating Station and surrounds the tiny incorporated town of Eagle Harbor.


Aquasco is named for a nearby tract first surveyed and patented in 1650. The name is derived from the Native American name Aquascake. Located between Swanson's Creek and the Patuxent River, the community developed as an agricultural center for the production of tobacco. The main roads connecting the widely scattered tobacco plantations were established in the 18th century and, in the early 19th century, the village of Woodville began to form. It was named after the Wood family, early settlers of Aquasco. By mid-century, the village had a grist mill, several small stores, a tavern, blacksmith, school, post office, and Methodist and Episcopal churches.

Because of the number of plantations, the slave population was relatively high in this section of Prince George's County. The Freedmen's Bureau established a school at Woodville in 1867. The school later became home to John Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church. African Americans also worshiped at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, established in 1848 as a mission church of St. Paul's Parish Church, which later became St. Phillip's Episcopal Church.

Historic sites

The following is a list of historic sites in Aquasco identified by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission:

Site Name Image Location M-NCPPC Inventory Number Comment
1 Adams-Bowen House 16002 Dr. Bowen Rd. 87B-036-19
2 P.A. Bowen Farmstead 15701 Dr. Bowen Rd. 87B-036-20
3 William R. Barker House 22600 Aquasco Rd. 87B-036-14
4 Green Hill 19404 Aquasco Rd. 87A-011
5 Grimes House 22609 Aquasco Rd. 87B-036-16
6 John Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church Site and Cemetery 22919 Christ Church Road 87B-33 Historic church demolished.
7 St. Mary's Episcopal Church 22200 Saint Mary's Church Rd. 87B-036-37
8 St. Mary's Rectory Saint Mary's Rectory Aquasco MD Oct 13.jpg 16305 Saint Mary's Church Rd. 87B-036-08 Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, September 10, 1987
9 St. Phillip's Episcopal Church Site and Cemetery 16100 St. Phillip's Church Road 87B-36-12 Historic church destroyed by fire in 1976.
10 Sunnyside Sunnyside Aquasco Dec 08.JPG 16005 Dr. Bowen Rd. 87B-036-21 Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, May 29, 1987
11 H.B.B. Trueman House 20218 Aquasco Rd. 87A-022
12 J.E. Turner House 16410 St. Mary’s Church Road 87B-036-05
13 Villa DeSales Villa Desales Dec 08.JPG 22410 Aquasco Rd. 87B-036-13 Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, July 14, 1988
14 Wilson-Rawlings Farmstead 17109 Milltown Landing Road 87A-019
15 Wood House 22606 Aquasco Rd. 87B-036-15
16 Woodville School 21500 Aquasco Road 87B-34


Historical population
Census Pop.
2010 981
2020 913 −6.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
2010 2020

2020 census

Aquasco CDP, Maryland - Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010 Pop 2020 % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 525 460 53.52% 50.38%
Black or African American alone (NH) 422 356 43.02% 38.99%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 5 6 0.51% 0.66%
Asian alone (NH) 2 2 0.20% 0.22%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 0 0 0.00% 0.00%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 0 1 0.00% 0.11%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 12 43 1.22% 4.71%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 15 45 1.53% 4.93%
Total 981 913 100.00% 100.00%

Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.


Aquasco residents are assigned to schools in Prince George's County Public Schools.

Residential areas of the CDP area are zoned to Baden Elementary School, Gwynn Park Middle School, and Gwynn Park High School.

See also

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