Prince George's County was formed in April of 1696 and named for the heir to the English throne, the prince of Denmark. It is believed that, many years later, the city of Clinton was named for Dewitt Clinton, the famous governor of New York who lost his bid for the presidency to James Madison. Clinton today is home to a 500-acre nature center and historic sites such as the Poplar Hill on His Lordship's Kindness, a National Historic Landmark.
The Clearwater Nature Center is the most expansive local recreation facility. The site includes hundreds of acres of open land, as well as a 15-acre lake which can be used for boating and fishing. Visitors may enjoy a variety of activities, including riding the tram train or taking a simple hike over rolling hills and through natural, wooded areas.
His Lordship's Kindness has been home to a number of famous politicians and justices, including a U.S. senator and ambassador. The site was named for a 7,000-acre land grant Lord Baltimore made to a relative. Visitors can observe the privy, dairy, smoke house, slave infirmary and other historic buildings on site.
Local museums include the Surratt House Museum and the Susquehanna Museum. The Surratt House was once a plantation home, and was also used as a tavern and Confederate 'safehouse' during the American Civil War. Later, the Surratts were implicated in a plan to kidnap or murder President Lincoln. John Wilkes Booth was known to have stopped by the house as he ran from Washington. The facility offers a "John Wilkes Booth Escape Route Tour" year-round.
The Susquehanna Museum pays tribute to the old canals and locks system used to move freight in the region before railroads became prevalent. The museum includes a lock house, canal lock and pivot bridge. Local historical objects are also on display.
There are several nearby options for higher education. The University of Maryland, College Park, with a full-time enrollment of approximately 30,000, is only about five miles away. Prince George's Community College is located in Largo, approximately 11 miles from Clinton. There are also several universities in Washington, D.C., including Georgetown University, George Washington University and Howard University.
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