Historic St. Mary’s City in Maryland

Maryland Take a turn off Rte. 5 in southern Maryland, and you could chance upon vibrant tableaux straight out of

Historic St. Mary's City, Maryland
Children help a costumed interpreter with gardening chores at St. Mary’s, the fourth oldest permanent settlement in British North America.

Maryland

Take a turn off Rte. 5 in southern Maryland, and you could chance upon vibrant tableaux straight out of the 17th century. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, St. Mary’s comes to life via historical interpreters, archaeological excavations, and re-created village buildings.

While at St. Mary’s be sure to visit St. John’s Museum, which preserves the remains of the home of the first Provincial Secretary of Maryland. Experience life in the early colony through its interactive exhibits, such as its Print House or its Godiah Spray Tobacco Plantation with livestock. Learn about how this colony was the first to have all freemen in its government, and see where a woman first asked for the right to vote in British America.

Open year-round except major winter holidays. Exhibits open mid-Mar. – Nov. Admission charged.

www.stmaryscity.org

(800) 762-1634; (240) 895-4990

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest