Local resident fishing in Cedar Haven

Welcome to the Cedar Haven Civic Association

on the Patuxent River, Inc.

    "Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught;

will we realize we cannot eat money”

based on Cree saying


       Welcome to "Catfish Heaven"! Established in 1927, Cedar Haven was designed as a summer refuge for African Americans. Cedar Haven is located on a three hundred acre parcel, about an hour outside of Washington, DC, and along the Patuxent River. Moving forward, the founders of Cedar Haven had always hoped their small coastal community would rival the adjacent summer colony of Eagle Harbor, which was established a year earlier, in 1927, and then became an official town in 1929. Both, the Town of Eagle Harbor and the Cedar Haven Community, were built on lands that were once a part of the famous historical river port, called, Truemen Point Landing, along the Patuxent River.

        From the seventeenth century until today African slaves first formed many coastal communities along the Patuxent River. And African Americans have been integral to the founding and development of Prince George's County. Before the Civil War, Trueman's Point Landing played an important role in Maryland’s commerce and transportation, making Aquasco the largest area for enslaved persons per total population before the Civil War. After the War of 1812 in 1817, Trueman Point was sold to the Weems' Steamboat Company, and served as a major steamboat port into the twentieth century. Members of the Cedar Haven Community would often gathered at the edges of the water to watch ships go up and down the Patuxent River.

        Today, the Cedar Haven Community has become a 'fishing heaven' for the Village of Aquasco, near the southeast corner of Prince George's County, Maryland, named for the nearby tract (known by the Native Americans name "Aquascale." At the Cedar Haven Civic Association on the Patuxent River, Inc. (CHCA), our mission is to safeguard the water quality of the Patuxent River. Our vision is to build a sustainable community that is economically stronger in preparing for climate change impacts.

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