St. Mary's City was the site of the fourth permanent settlement in British North America, and was Maryland's first capital.
Costumed interpreters in recreated 17th-century settings tell the stories of Maryland's first years, when St. Mary's was the colony's capital. Outdoor exhibits include the reconstructed State House of 1676, Smith's Ordinary, and the Godiah Spray Tobacco Plantation, a working colonial farm and the Maryland Dove, a replica square-rigged ship. Pictures of the Dove replica were taken from the St. Mary's River when we were on our boat.
Hands-on activities are offered at most sites such as the chance to work alongside professional archaeologists, churn butter, watch a militia drill, or shoot a bow and arrow.
The big brown sign points to the St. Mary's City Visitor's Center & Museum Shop ("An Outdoor Living History Museum - Maryland's First Capitol 1634-1695") which is open Tuesday to Sunday 10-5 .
The small white sign near the ground (under the sign pointing towards Mattapany) says
"St. Cecilia Catholic Church
Daily Mass 7:30 am
Saturday Vigil Mass 4:30 pm
Sunday Mass 8:00am"
On the right side is a sign for someone coming from Mattapany Road (along with a yellow highway sign pointing left and right) which points away from the photographer to the visitor center, and toward the photographer toward the State House of 1676 and Trinity Episopal Church.
Fondest memory: In the spring and fall, busloads of children come to St. Mary's City on field trips. In the summer, kids can attend Historic St. Mary's City Colonial Kids Mini-Camps.