The quiet, scenic town of Hollywood, MD is located right in the heart of St. Mary’s County, which is wedged between iconic waterways like the Patuxent River, Chesapeake Bay, and the Potomac. Hollywood itself is one of the largest cities in the Patuxent-Chesapeake Corridor and is home to landmarks such as the Sotterley Plantation, in addition to plenty of interesting locations to see and explore, like Greenwell State Park and a number of marinas and landings.
According to legend, Hollywood got its name from a storeowner in 1897. The owner of Thompson’s General Store, located in the Uniontown section of the community, needed a name for the post office inside the store, so he took the name from the holly tree planted in front of the store itself.
St. Mary’s County, Hollywood, and surrounding cities possess a rich heritage that lends the community an air of historic pride and togetherness. The area’s close proximity to Washington, D.C., in addition to several waterways and its history as a source of tobacco trade due to the many plantations in the state allowed Hollywood to become a thriving center of trade and prosperity in the Patuxent-Chesapeake Corridor.
To this day, it’s still a center of rural lifestyle and business. Outdoor recreation is a big deal here with over 500 miles of coastline to explore, and there is, of course, a multitude of locally-sourced seafood restaurants to try.
The unique atmosphere offered by Hollywood and surrounding areas is part of why we at Tom Hodges Mitsubishi love to serve this community. With so many places in St. Mary’s County to explore, having a reliable vehicle is something residents of the area need to depend on, and we are happy to deliver quality vehicles (both used and new) and top-of-the-line service to customers in this community.
St. Mary’s County, Maryland is located on the water of the Chesapeake Bay, a beautiful community filled to the brim with small-town charm, history, and plenty of things to do.
Considered the birthplace of Maryland, St. Mary’s County has a long, rich history that can be felt throughout the area. Passengers from England first settled at St. Clement’s Island in 1634, which is now part of southwestern St. Mary’s County. Using this island as a temporary base, the settlers scouted for a more permanent location, finally settling in the area we know as St. Mary’s today.
This city was Maryland’s first capital, remaining so for over 50 years until 1695, when it moved to Annapolis. St. Mary’s became a prosperous area, focusing on growing tobacco and acting as hub of trade due to its peninsula location. After the Civil War, the area saw a significant economic decline, though this eventually changed with the area becoming prosperous once again.
Now, this area has become known for its proximity to the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, where the nation’s first astronauts were trained. The station provides the most employment opportunities in the country, helping the area become flourishing community it is today.
St. Mary’s County is filled with plenty of exciting and educational activities to enjoy. Here’s a look at a couple options to keep both you and your family entertained when you visit this great area.
Step back in time and experience life as it was in 17th-century Maryland at Historic St. Mary’s City. You can play colonial games, board a ship, see a working plantation household, and discover more about the past of this beautiful area.
St. Mary’s County is lucky to be surrounded by water, so why not take advantage? Explore over 500 miles of creeks, tidal inlets, and open water in a kayak to truly understand the natural beauty this area holds. You can launch from one of the many public launch sites or test out one of the area’s established trails with a guide. No matter what you do, you are sure to enjoy your time out on the water.
While you’re in St. Mary’s County, make sure to stop in to Tom Hodges Mitsubishi. We have the whole Mitsubishi lineup and a wide collection of used vehicles to explore.