Pomfret is a census-designated place in Charles County, Maryland, United States. As of the 2020 census, it had a population of 514. There are five properties in the area that are on the National Register of Historic Places. The origins of the settlement go back to at least 1666.
Pomfret is located in central Charles county on Marshall Corner Road part of which is also Route 227. It is one mile west of the College of Southern Maryland and three fifths of a mile south of Bennsville Park.
History and places
A house was built in what is now Pomfret by Francis Caleb Green, on part of the 2,400 acres (970 ha) of land granted in 1666 to the sons of Thomas Greene, the second Provincial Governor of Maryland, who named it "Green's Inheritance". Mother Catherine Spalding, born in 1793, was a native of Pomfret, according to a brass plaque inside the front entrance to St. Joseph's. The active historic St. Joseph's Catholic Church was established by Father George Hunter, S.J. in Pomfret in 1763. The current structure dates from 1849.
Acquinsicke, Green's Inheritance, McPherson's Purchase and Pleasant Hill are all listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Station 13 Dive Recovery Team
In 2009, Charles County Station 13 was built in the community. Station 13 is the Charles County Dive Team, and only provides services related to water emergencies and recovery of drowning victims in the county and surrounding jurisdictions. Station 13 does not provide fire protection or emergency medical services to the community.
2020 US Federal Census
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.
In a different part of the 2020 US Census results, the reported ethnic ancestry of residents was 50% Black or African American; 10.1% German, 7% Hispanic or Latino; 6.4% Native American 6.1% Irish, and 4% Polish and .58% Asian or Filipino.
Veterans, percentage of population: Male - 12.9%; Female - 7.7%.
Educational level-- High school or equivalent degree - 25.1%; some college - 10.3%; Associate degree - 11.2%; Bachelor's degree 26.5%; Graduate or professional deegree - 18.2%.
Income-- Median household income - $99,096. Rate of poverty - 7.8%.
Age-- Under 18 - 5.8%; 18 and over - 94.2%; 65 and over - 65.3%.
Heads of household-- Married couples - 22.6%; single fathers - 22.6%; single mothers - 47.7%.
Occupations-- Working for a private company - 51.5%; private not-for-profit workers - 26.8%; Local, State or Federal Government workers - 16.2%; Educational services - health care and social assistance - 48.1%.
Maurice J. McDonough High School is located at the south end of the CDP, just north of Maryland Route 225.
The Robert E. Stethem Educational Center, is an alternative public school for grades 6 through 12.
The College of Southern Maryland is one mile due east of Pomfret.
In 1963 the nonfiction book "History of Saint Joseph's Church, Pomfret, Maryland, 1763-1963 [200th anniversary]" was published. It was written by Hester Virginia Mudd.
2022 exotic snake poisoning incident
On January 19, 2022, Pomfret resident David Riston was found dead with 124 snakes in his house. Many of the snakes were exotic species including some of the most deadly snakes in the world, including cobras and black mambas as well as rattlesnakes and a 14 foot long Burmese python which is not a venomous species, but which at that size was a dangerous constrictor. On April 14th 2022, the Maryland State Medical Examiners Office announced, after an autopsy, that Riston had died of "snake envenomation". Some of the snakes in the house were illegal to own, either in Maryland or the United States as a whole.
First production of an International cassette tape ministry
This nonprofit company operated on the grounds of St. Joseph's Parish, Pomfret, Maryland. This was the first production of a worldwide cassette tape ministry. In September 1974, the Catholic Archbishop of Washington asked Fulton Sheen to be the speaker for a retreat for diocesan priests at the Loyola Retreat House in Faulkner, Maryland. This was first recorded on reel-to-reel tape, state of the art at the time, then it was transferred to cassette tapes.
Sheen requested that the recorded talks be produced for distribution. It was called Ministr-O-Media. The retreat album was titled, Renewal and Reconciliation and included nine 60-minute audiotapes. All tapes were produced in Pomfret.
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