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Sherwood Forest, Maryland
Sherwood Forest, Maryland is located in Maryland
Sherwood Forest, Maryland
Sherwood Forest, Maryland
Location in Maryland
Sherwood Forest, Maryland is located in the United States
Sherwood Forest, Maryland
Sherwood Forest, Maryland
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Maryland
County Anne Arundel
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
GNIS feature ID 591273

Sherwood Forest is an unincorporated community in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States.


In the early 1900s, oriental rug salesman William Cochran joined a group that planned to build an amusement park on what was Startzman Farm, outside of Annapolis. After the plan fell though,and in 1915 there was a place named sherwood forest Cochran began clearing trees to build a bucolic summer resort for middle-class families. 341 homes were built in the planned community along with a golf course, club house, softball field, general store, post office, swimming pool, bowling alley, library, pier, marina, and tennis courts. Homes sites in the community are leased for 99 years, from the community association. Demand for the homes is high and most of these homes, when available, are leased by current residents or their relatives. Approval to lease a home site requires sponsorship from current residents.


The community, which is gated, is split in terms of control between the Sherwood Forest Club, and the Sherwood Forest Company. The Club controls the community activities and bylaws of the community, while the Sherwood Forest Company has control of maintenance of the roads, piers, amenities, waterfront and other physical aspects of the community. The community has restrictive bylaws intended to ensure the cottages and homes within the community blend into the surrounding woods. Houses can be painted brown, green and some limited homes painted white, with green being a shade known as "Sherwood Green" developed by Bruning Paint Co. in Baltimore.

The 9-hole Sherwood Forest Golf Course was designed by Herbert Strong and opened in 1919. The community had an additional 18-hole gold course, which was sold, and later added to the neighboring community, The Downs on the Severn.

The Sherwood Forest Club runs a summer camp for the children of its residents. The camp began in the 1920s, and has changed little since that time.

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