Cedar Hav​en is the Catfish Heaven

        Incorporated in 2014, Cedar Haven Civic Association on the Patuxent River, Inc. (CHCA) was established as a non-profit community-based organization to heighten the awareness of preserving the natural resources of our small coastal communities along the Patuxent River. Like most coastal villages along the Patuxent River, Cedar Haven was first settled by Native Indians, and then the slaves arrived at the various port towns on foreign vessels from the West Indies or the Caribbean and as far away as West Africa. Tobacco crops very rapidly became the cash crop of Southern Maryland and the Village of Aquasco became the land that was exclusively used for agriculture. Most tobacco plantations were located in close proximity to rivers; fish were plentiful and shellfish such as crabs and oysters were seasonal available, and provided a substantial portion of the slave's diet.

        With a system of natural inlets and navigable rivers to transport their tobacco crops to Europe, tobacco cultivation increased rapidly along the Patuxent River. Soon Maryland and Virginia became known as the 'tobacco states; causing an increased demand and supply for more African and/or Caribbean slaves. As the slave labor increased; so did Maryland's economy, and wheat production, iron working, and shipbuilding also began to flourish. Nonetheless, at the end of the War of 1812, tobacco plantations vanished along the Patuxent River and the entire economy of Southern Maryland plummeted as well.

       However, on April 7, 2000, approximately 140,000 gallons of fuel oil leaked from a pipe at the Mirant Chalk Point Generating Plant into the surrounding coastal towns along the Patuxent River. Covering a 17 miles stretch, not only this environmental disaster engulfed our small coastal community; rather the quality of life for the Cedar Haven Community and the surrounding communities were compromised. The oil leakage further complicated the standard of health, comfort and happiness experienced by the members of Cedar Haven, but most importantly, it impacted an already declining seafood industry along the Patuxent River. Though the Village of Aquasco remained exclusively agricultural, coastal communities, such as Cedar Haven has moved towards becoming a ‘rural friendly-fishing’ village that is focused more on learning aquaculture. Despite the overwhelming odds, the Cedar Haven Community manages to remain a close-knit community, emphasizing home and family.

       The Cedar Haven Civic Association on the Patuxent River, Inc. will forever remain steadfast on reducing our community's vulnerabilities, in which we aim to safeguard our coastal shoreline from man-made environmental disasters, coasting flooding and shoreline erosion; by becoming more proactive in our stance against environmental injustice to heighten environmental quality, protection, and beautification of the Cedar Haven Community!