About This Place
Lexington Park is a census-designated place (CDP) in St. Mary's County, Maryland, United States, and the principal community of the Lexington Park, Maryland Micropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 11,021 at the 2000 census.
The community came into being with the establishment of the Patuxent Naval Air Station during World War II, and was named for the recently sunk USS Lexington aircraft carrier. Prior to this Lexington Park was called "Jarbosville". John Glenn, Alan Shepard, and many noted astronauts trained there. In 1977 the Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge spanning the Patuxent River linked the area to Calvert County and Solomons, Maryland. In recent years several aerospace and high-tech companies have located in the area bringing additional jobs. Shopping Centers along Maryland Route 235 ("Three Notch Road") and Great Mills Road have many department stores. Area students attend Great Mills High School. Nearby, Dashiell Hammett, noted novelist, was born on May 27, 1894.
Mattapany-Sewall Archeological Site and St. Richard's Manor were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.