Calendar

Historic St. Mary’s City,
Southern Maryland Calendar of Events

Looking for fun things to do in Southern Maryland?

You’ve come to the right place. Historic St. Mary’s City has something for everyone.  You’ll find a world of fun, family and even romance here.  Let Historic St. Mary’s City be that adventure the family is still talking about years from now!

Jul
17
Tue
CANCELLED – Summer Camp: The Archaeology of Food
Jul 17 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Campers will learn about archaeology and what it tells us about how and what people ate, and how it affected them.  Through the week, students will have a chance to work alongside the archaeological field school in screening for artifacts; to meet with our top research staff; and to hearth cook on a historical site.

Designed for rising 7th and 8th graders

Registration opens January 2nd.  Space is limited to 12 students.

$140 per child ($130 Friends members).  Payment in full is required at time of registration.  Required forms are attached below, or go here for online registration.

Summer Camp 2018 Registration Form

Authorized Pick Up Form

Emergency Notification Form

Photo Release Form

Release and Hold Harmless Agreement

 

 

Jul
18
Wed
CANCELLED – Summer Camp: The Archaeology of Food
Jul 18 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Campers will learn about archaeology and what it tells us about how and what people ate, and how it affected them.  Through the week, students will have a chance to work alongside the archaeological field school in screening for artifacts; to meet with our top research staff; and to hearth cook on a historical site.

Designed for rising 7th and 8th graders

Registration opens January 2nd.  Space is limited to 12 students.

$140 per child ($130 Friends members).  Payment in full is required at time of registration.  Required forms are attached below, or go here for online registration.

Summer Camp 2018 Registration Form

Authorized Pick Up Form

Emergency Notification Form

Photo Release Form

Release and Hold Harmless Agreement

 

 

Li’l Pirates
Jul 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Ahoy, mateys!  Become a pirate for the day, and storm the Maryland Dove.  There might be hidden treasure along the way!

Designed for children 3-6 years old and an accompanying adult

Registration opens May 18th.  Space is limited.

$10 per child ($8 Friends members); one accompanying adult free.  Payment in full is required at time of registration.

Wednesday in the City Program (subject to change)
Jul 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

11:30 a.m.  How did the Yaocomaco people get their string, without stores to browse, or the Internet to search?  Come to the Hamlet and learn how to make cordage like the Woodland Indians did.  (approximately 20 minutes)

12:30 p.m.  Writing was a rare skill in 17th-century Maryland.  Come experience what only a select few knew how to do.  See how to create a quill pen, so that you can write in a colonial manner.  (approximately 30 minutes)

1:30 p.m.  In case of attack by pirates, follow these rules:  1) Whatever you do…don’t make them angry.  2) Refer to rule #1.  Come down to the ship and learn what the cannons are really used for.  Don’t forget to cover your ears!  (approximately 30 minutes)

2:30 p.m.  How did the Yaocomaco people get their string, without stores to browse, or the Internet to search?  Come to the Hamlet and learn how to make cordage like the Woodland Indians did.  (approximately 20 minutes)

Jul
19
Thu
CANCELLED – Summer Camp: The Archaeology of Food
Jul 19 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Campers will learn about archaeology and what it tells us about how and what people ate, and how it affected them.  Through the week, students will have a chance to work alongside the archaeological field school in screening for artifacts; to meet with our top research staff; and to hearth cook on a historical site.

Designed for rising 7th and 8th graders

Registration opens January 2nd.  Space is limited to 12 students.

$140 per child ($130 Friends members).  Payment in full is required at time of registration.  Required forms are attached below, or go here for online registration.

Summer Camp 2018 Registration Form

Authorized Pick Up Form

Emergency Notification Form

Photo Release Form

Release and Hold Harmless Agreement

 

 

Li’l Pirates
Jul 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Ahoy, mateys!  Become a pirate for the day, and storm the Maryland Dove.  There might be hidden treasure along the way!

Designed for children 3-6 years old and an accompanying adult

Registration opens May 18th.  Space is limited.

$10 per child ($8 Friends members); one accompanying adult free.  Payment in full is required at time of registration.

Thursday in the City Program (subject to change)
Jul 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Enjoy living history at the Woodland Indian Hamlet, the reconstructed Town Center, the Maryland Dove, and the Godiah Spray Tobacco Plantation.  Make sure to explore the exhibits at the Mackall Barn, Van Sweringen’s Inn, and the reconstructed State House of 1676.  Inside the reconstructed Brick Chapel of 1667 is a crypt, which houses the re-interred lead coffins of Philip Calvert and his family.

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Discover how archaeologists and historians pieced together bits of the past to reveal St. John’s legacy of liberty.  View some of the one million artifacts excavated from the site, and learn what they tell us about the people who once passed through St. John’s doors.  (St. John’s Site Museum, located on the campus of St. Mary’s College of Maryland)

1:30 p.m.  In case of attack by pirates, follow these rules:  1) Whatever you do…don’t make them angry.  2) Refer to rule #1.  Come down to the ship and learn what the cannons are really used for.  Don’t forget to cover your ears!  (approximately 30 minutes)

Jul
20
Fri
CANCELLED – Summer Camp: The Archaeology of Food
Jul 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Campers will learn about archaeology and what it tells us about how and what people ate, and how it affected them.  Through the week, students will have a chance to work alongside the archaeological field school in screening for artifacts; to meet with our top research staff; and to hearth cook on a historical site.

Designed for rising 7th and 8th graders

Registration opens January 2nd.  Space is limited to 12 students.

$140 per child ($130 Friends members).  Payment in full is required at time of registration.  Required forms are attached below, or go here for online registration.

Summer Camp 2018 Registration Form

Authorized Pick Up Form

Emergency Notification Form

Photo Release Form

Release and Hold Harmless Agreement

 

 

Friday in the City Program (subject to change)
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

11:30 a.m.  Come chat with members of the Plantation household, as they show how expertly they can clean their clothes and — at the same time — share their “dirty laundry” with anyone who is interested.  Both lye and lies are involved.

12:30 p.m.  Writing was a rare skill in 17th-century Maryland.  Come experience what only a select few knew how to do.  See how to create a quill pen, so that you can write in a colonial manner.  (approximately 30 minutes)

1:30 p.m.  Learn how and why the crew of the Maryland Dove uses the ship’s cannons, and why the cannons are called murtherers.  Don’t forget to cover your ears.  (approximately 30 minutes)

2:30 p.m.  Come chat with members of the Plantation household, as they show how expertly they can clean their clothes and — at the same time — share their “dirty laundry” with anyone who is interested.  Both lye and lies are involved.

Li’l Pirates
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Ahoy, mateys!  Become a pirate for the day, and storm the Maryland Dove.  There might be hidden treasure along the way!

Designed for children 3-6 years old and an accompanying adult

Registration opens May 18th.  Space is limited.

$10 per child ($8 Friends members); one accompanying adult free.  Payment in full is required at time of registration.

Early Closure: St. John’s Site Museum
Jul 20 @ 1:00 pm

The St. John’s Site Museum, located on the campus of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, will close at 1:00 p.m.

Please contact the Historic St. Mary’s City Visitor Center for more information.

Normal operating hours can be found here.

Jul
21
Sat
Tidewater Archaeology Weekend
Jul 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Help uncover the past at one of the best-preserved colonial sites in the nation.  Take a guided tour of excavations, and don’t miss a once-a-year opportunity to explore the archaeology laboratory.

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Join staff archaeologists and field school students at the Calvert House site in Town Center.  Try your hand at screening for artifacts.  Guided tours of the excavation will take place at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.  Each tour lasts approximately 20 – 30 minutes.

11:00 a.m.  Hear the stories lost objects tell.  Archaeology Weekend is the only time the research lab is open to the public for tours.  Pre-registration required; space is limited.  Sign up when you purchase your admission.  (approximately 1 hour)

12:00 noon  Learn how and why the crew of the Maryland Dove uses the ship’s cannons, and why the cannons are called murtherers.  Don’t forget to cover your ears.  (approximately 15 minutes)

1:00 p.m.  Hear the stories lost objects tell.  Archaeology Weekend is the only time the research lab is open to the public for tours.  Pre-registration required; space is limited.  Sign up when you purchase your admission.  (approximately 1 hour)

2:30 p.m.  Hear the stories lost objects tell.  Archaeology Weekend is the only time the research lab is open to the public for tours.  Pre-registration required; space is limited.  Sign up when you purchase your admission.  (approximately 1 hour)

3:00 p.m.  Get the inside scoop on St. John’s by touring the exhibits with Senior Staff Archaeologist Ruth Mitchell.  Pre-registration required; space is limited.  Sign up when you purchase your admission.  (approximately 45 minutes)

3:45 p.m.  Learn how and why the crew of the Maryland Dove uses the ship’s cannons, and why the cannons are called murtherers.  Don’t forget to cover your ears.  (approximately 15 minutes)

4:00 p.m.  Hear the stories lost objects tell.  Archaeology Weekend is the only time the research lab is open to the public for tours.  Pre-registration required; space is limited.  Sign up when you purchase your admission.  (approximately 1 hour)

 

Early Closure: St. John’s Site Museum
Jul 21 @ 1:00 pm

The St. John’s Site Museum, located on the campus of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, will close at 1:00 p.m.

Please contact the Historic St. Mary’s City Visitor Center for more information.

Normal operating hours can be found here.

Jul
22
Sun
Tidewater Archaeology Weekend
Jul 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Help uncover the past at one of the best-preserved colonial sites in the nation.  Take a guided tour of excavations, and don’t miss a once-a-year opportunity to explore the archaeology laboratory.

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Join staff archaeologists and field school students at the Calvert House site in Town Center.  Try your hand at screening for artifacts.  Guided tours of the excavation will take place at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.  Each tour lasts approximately 20 – 30 minutes.

11:00 a.m.  Hear the stories lost objects tell.  Archaeology Weekend is the only time the research lab is open to the public for tours.  Pre-registration required; space is limited.  Sign up when you purchase your admission.  (approximately 1 hour)

12:00 noon  Learn how and why the crew of the Maryland Dove uses the ship’s cannons, and why the cannons are called murtherers.  Don’t forget to cover your ears.  (approximately 15 minutes)

1:00 p.m.  Hear the stories lost objects tell.  Archaeology Weekend is the only time the research lab is open to the public for tours.  Pre-registration required; space is limited.  Sign up when you purchase your admission.  (approximately 1 hour)

2:30 p.m.  Hear the stories lost objects tell.  Archaeology Weekend is the only time the research lab is open to the public for tours.  Pre-registration required; space is limited.  Sign up when you purchase your admission.  (approximately 1 hour)

3:00 p.m.  Get the inside scoop on St. John’s by touring the exhibits with Senior Staff Archaeologist Ruth Mitchell.  Pre-registration required; space is limited.  Sign up when you purchase your admission.  (approximately 45 minutes)

3:45 p.m.  Learn how and why the crew of the Maryland Dove uses the ship’s cannons, and why the cannons are called murtherers.  Don’t forget to cover your ears.  (approximately 15 minutes)

4:00 p.m.  Hear the stories lost objects tell.  Archaeology Weekend is the only time the research lab is open to the public for tours.  Pre-registration required; space is limited.  Sign up when you purchase your admission.  (approximately 1 hour)

 

Jul
25
Wed
Wednesday in the City Program (subject to change)
Jul 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

11:30 a.m.  How did the Yaocomaco people get their string, without stores to browse, or the Internet to search?  Come to the Hamlet and learn how to make cordage like the Woodland Indians did.  (approximately 20 minutes)

12:30 p.m.  Writing was a rare skill in 17th-century Maryland.  Come experience what only a select few knew how to do.  See how to create a quill pen, so that you can write in a colonial manner.  (approximately 30 minutes)

1:30 p.m.  In case of attack by pirates, follow these rules:  1) Whatever you do…don’t make them angry.  2) Refer to rule #1.  Come down to the ship and learn what the cannons are really used for.  Don’t forget to cover your ears!  (approximately 30 minutes)

2:30 p.m.  How did the Yaocomaco people get their string, without stores to browse, or the Internet to search?  Come to the Hamlet and learn how to make cordage like the Woodland Indians did.  (approximately 20 minutes)