Coltons Point Things to Do
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...more
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...more
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...more
When you reach the island the river taxi lands at a small pier that leads you to a path on the island. Follow the path around the island until you see the huge 40 ft. cross. The cross was erected to commerate the first Catholic Mass in the colonies. The landing and the mass took place on March 24, 1634. The mass was performed by Jesuit Father...more
I love lighthouses. I have traveled many places and taken many pictures of lightouses. Probably because I was raised in a small city that took pride in its restored lighthouse, I still love lighthouses to this day. The lighthouse on St. Clement's Island is a restoration of the original lighthouse that was destroyed by fire in the 1950's. The new...more
To reach St. Clement's Island to see the actual landing sight of the Maryland colonist you need to take a water taxi that departs from St. Clement's Island Museum. The boat "River Taxi II" departs every fifteen to twenty minutes for St. Clement's Island State Park. You can purchase your tickets inside the St. Clement's Island Museum. The water taxi...more
Coltons Point Shopping
St. Clement's Island Museum Gift Shop: Pirates and Lighthouses
The museum has an interesting gift shop where you can get souvenirs and books about the lighthouse and the area. There does not seem to be any internet access to purchase these items so you will just have to visit the museum
Hours of Operation
October 1 through December
Thursday through Monday:
12 noon to 4 p.m.
Call for extended holiday schedule in December.
January 4 to March 24
Wednesday through Friday. Closed Open by appointment only
What to buy: key chains, necklaces, games, books, t-shirts, etc.Related to:
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Coltons Point Warnings and Dangers
Boat, Fish, Crab
St. Clements Island is a nice place to go in the summer to swim and picnic. And also fish and crab (catch blue crabs). It is the island off Coltons Point which you can only access by boat. The museum runs a water taxi on some weekends, but you can always go on your own boat if you have one.
There are some things that are prohibited.
You can anchor at any time, but there is a two hour limit on using the dock during the day and you can't tie up to the dock overnight.
You can crab and fish, except on the side of the dock where the water taxi ties up. That space is reserved for the water taxi from the museum - no one else can tie up there.Related to:
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Coltons Point Off The Beaten Path
Little Red Schoolhouse
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.Related to:
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