Saint Clements Island Travel Guide

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Saint Clements Island Things to Do

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    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is a museum about Maryland History on the mainland in Colton's Point. We took our Virginia friends to this museum in 2002. They were surprised at the differnt interpretation of the history in Maryland from what they had been taught in Virginia.

    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 which has been rebuilt on St. Clement's Island by volunteers along with exhibits on the industries of hunting, crabbing, fishing and oystering.

    In order to get to St. Clement's Island, it is necessary to get the water taxi tickets at the museum.

    Model of Blackistone Light in the museum Photo of the lighthouse in the museum Museum from the parking lot Story of the lighthouse Heron statue with Maryland flag
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    by grandmaR Updated Aug 19, 2008

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    In 1934, to celebrate Maryland’s 300th birthday, Governor Albert Ritchie, dedicated a 40- foot commemorative cross recognizing this site as the first location where there was religious toleration practiced in America. The water taxi used to come to a pier near this cross. Today the water taxi comes to the pier next to the rebuilt lighthouse, but the cross is still there.

    You can get to the island on your own boat or by water taxi.

    Cross from the top of the lighthouse Cross from in front of the lighthouse Cross and lighthouse from the water taxi St. Clement's Island from the water taxi Island from the museum
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    by grandmaR Written Jul 27, 2008

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    The water taxi runs on the weekends from about 12:45 to 3, weather permitting. It costs $5.00 each for the round trip.

    Taxi going back for another load Granddaughter on the pier Granddaughter in the water taxi Water taxi sign on island Water taxi sign on mainland
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Saint Clements Island Warnings and Dangers

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    by grandmaR Updated Sep 1, 2008

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    The sign says "Danger Obstruction". Photo 5 has a satellite view of one of the obstructed areas of the island coastline.

    There are two docks at the island. A satellite view of the island with the two docks is in photo 4. One of them is more protected than the other one and can be used in windier weather. It is also closer to the lighthouse.

    The other one sticks out into the Potomac, and is on the side away from the lighthouse. It has deeper water and so bigger boats (and sailboats) can get into the pier. Photos 2 and 3 are of this dock.

    Dock from Colton's Point Dock from the water taxi Satellite view of the island Obstruction breakwater closeup
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    by grandmaR Updated Sep 1, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Until recently, the only view I could have of the lighthouse was this model in the St. Clement's Island Museum on Colton's Point.

    That or photos of the old lighthouse like the one in photo 2

    However as photos 3-5 of a newspaper article lay out in detail, the lighthouse has been reconstructed on the island by volunteers. So we can now walk around and into the lighthouse instead of just trying to imagine it from a model.

    Model of the lighthouse Old photo First part of the article Second part of the article Third part of the article
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