We took our Virginia friends to this museum. They were surprised at the different interpretation of the history in Maryland from what they had been taught in Virginia. At that time it was free.
When I went with my granddaughter there was an admission charge $3 adults, $1.50 Children 6 - 18, Free Children 5 and under.
The Museum explains the English history that preceded the voyage to Maryland (there's a display of the wives of Henry the 8th - photo 3) in the 16th and 17th centuries. George Calvert, the First Lord Baltimore, wanted to found a colony incorporating religious tolerance and his son Leonard carried out his idea.
The Ark and The Dove departed from the Isle of Wight in England on the feast day of St. Clement, the patron saint of mariners and crossed the Atlantic Ocean. The museum has a copy of Father Andrew White's written account of the voyage and landing on St. Clement's Island.
The Potomac Room has a model of the Blackistone Lighthouse (photo 2) which has been reconstructed by volunteers on St. Clement's Island along with the industries of hunting, crabbing, fishing and oystering.
George Calvert founded the Maryland colony in 1634. The King had given him a royal charter in gratitude for his service to the Crown. A lifelong Catholic, Calvert established his new colony as a place where Catholics and Protestants could both worship as they pleased. It was a radical, unprecedented step for that time.
This small museum commemorates the first statues providing religious freedom in America. It also has some historic artifacts and very nice memorabilia from the earliest colonial period in Maryland.
On good days, the water taxi takes visitors to St Clement's Island, where the first landing was made. On my visit, the weather turned very foul, precluding any boat trips. Maybe you'll be luckier. See the website for a trip schedule and point of contact.
For a really pleasant day allow yourself some time to explore the island. There are picnic tables provided if you want to bring a lunch. There are fields of wild flowers, water front walks, and all kinds of birds to see on the 40 acre island.
Katie, Mark and I had a very relaxing and enjoying afternoon here. You can see Katie in the wild flowers here with a bottle of water she managed to talk the park ranger into giving her for free. Apparently he enjoyed her conversation as he did not offer the rest of us any free water!
Formerly known as the Charlotte Hall School, this authentic 19th century one room schoolhouse was moved to this location and restored in 1991. I saw it in Charlotte Hall before it was moved, but I've never been inside.
The St. Mary's County Museum website says that this museum is ADA compliant (which I can't imagine that it was originally).
I suspect it is similar to the schools that the local county Amish have even now.