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A History of Parole, Maryland: From The Civil War To Today

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This article is sponsored by the Maryland Injury Guys sexual assault lawyers in Parole. Our team hopes that you enjoy learning about the unique history of the town and how it was named.

Learn About Parole: A Brief History

Parole, Maryland is located just outside the state capital of Annapolis. The town itself didn't come to be until after the Civil War had ended. In fact, the name Parole comes from a unique aspect of the Civil War. Surrounding Annapolis a hospital was formed and the area also served as an East Coast camp for Union prisoners. At one point, as many as 10,000 parolees were held at a given time.

These 'parole camps'  were established to hold the soldiers until a trade could be made and were not seen as a prison of war camp. Instead, the Union Army soldiers could roam around nearby Annapolis as they had been freed on the Parole of Honor and could not fight until their exhange. If a soldier was too badly injured or suffered too much mistreatment before arriving at the camp and died while there, they would be buried in the Annapolis National Cemetary.

After the war, the camp and hospital disbanded, and almost 100 years later, the start of modern-day Parole was formed by the opening of the Parole Plaza in 1961. This plaza spurred the suburban sprawl in the area and became a go-to destination for shopping. In the 1980s, a mall opened close to the plaza, spurring the tenants to move to in-door shopping units and the plaza to decline. Today, the Maryland Department of Agriculture has its headquarters located in the town and is joined by the Anne Arundel Medical Center and the headquarters of the Anne Arundel County Public Library.


The town is a census-designated place in Ane Arundel County, however many people don't realize they live in Parole; the area has an Annapolis zip code. As of 2010 there were 15,922  people living in the area.

There are approximately 6,700 households in the area that is an area of 11.8 square miles. The population consists of 12.2% under the age of 18, 33.2% from 18-44, and 54.6% of residents over the age of 45, with the median age being 48 years old.

Due to being in close proximity to Annapolis and Washington, D.C., the cost of living in Parole is ranked high with an average detached house costing around $650,000.

Things to Do in Parole

The Parole Plaza has transitioned into the shopping destination of the Annapolis Mall. The mall features 145 shops as well as 27 restaurants or food stalls. Being on the entry points to the Chesapeake Bay, including the Severn River and South River, there are many outdoor attractions to visit. Broad Creek Park sits at an opening to the South River and features many local trails and water access. Another local community with fantastic water access is the area of Riva, MD.

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Aaron Blank Esq
Date Published: April 8, 2021
Aaron Blank is a patient safety advocate who holds the healthcare system responsible when it fails. He keeps businesses accountable if they choose profits over the safety of the community, and he ensures car insurance companies pay their fair share for the harm that reckless drivers cause. Aaron and his proficient legal team bring an approach based on dedication, guidance, and compassion through the difficult process of pursuing serious injury claims. He has dedicated his career to fighting for injury victims to recover losses from medical expenses, lost income, loss of enjoyment of life, or the loss of a loved one.
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