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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
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)

 

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)

 

Sep
8
Sat
Indian Discovery Day
Sep 8 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Explore and celebrate Indian lifeways and culture.  Learn skills, try crafts, watch demonstrations, and gain a new appreciation for the people that called this land home before Maryland was founded.

Sep
22
Sat
Militia Muster
Sep 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The St. Maries Citty Militia musters for drills, mock battles, and camp life.  Visit an encampment, march along, watch a musket fire demonstration, and more.

The St. Maries Citty Militia, our host militia, is a volunteer group of men, women, and children who re-create a colonial Maryland “armed band” at Maryland’s first capital.  This living history encampment features 17th-century reenactors from the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond.  Please enjoy the camp activities:  cooking, gossiping, trade, games, etc.

The Godiah Spray Tobacco Plantation is closed today, while household members participate in Muster activities.

Enjoy live music all afternoon at RiverFest, located on the State House lawn, where food and beverage vendors are also offering selections for sale.

RiverFest
Sep 22 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sponsored by the St. Mary’s Watershed Association and Historic St. Mary’s City.

Live music, environmental and children’s activities, kayaking and more!

Oct
20
Sat
Haunted Ship
Oct 20 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Wear your costume to trick-or-treat at the reconstructed State House of 1676, then walk down to the Maryland Dove.  Join us at this free, family-friendly event filled with face painting, games, crafts, and…candy!  Monetary donations are appreciated.

Park in the State House parking lot.

Nov
23
Fri
Hearth and Home in Early Maryland
Nov 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Explore 17th-century foodways, and celebrate the end of the growing season. Discover what it took to weather the winter before refrigerators, electric stoves, and grocery stores.

Bring a canned good for the Southern Maryland Food Bank and save $1 on admission.

 

 

 

Nov
24
Sat
Hearth and Home in Early Maryland
Nov 24 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Explore 17th-century foodways, and celebrate the end of the growing season. Discover what it took to weather the winter before refrigerators, electric stoves, and grocery stores.

Bring a canned good for the Southern Maryland Food Bank and save $1 on admission.

 

 

 

Dec
7
Fri
Madrigal Dinners
Dec 7 @ 6:00 pm

Welcome the holiday season with feasting, firelight, and beautiful music in the lavishly decorated Reconstructed State House of 1676.

Holiday revelers have feasted through the ages. In the colony, delicacies arrived with the tobacco fleet towards the end of the year, and cool weather signaled time for butchering meat and decanting beverages that had fermented since the harvest. The notion of adding music to the meal was introduced to England from Italy, and the 16th-century lords and ladies of the land enjoyed great madrigal feasts. Today’s madrigal dinners feature other customs that were probably familiar to the colonists. The burning of a Yule log, a common practice by the Middle Ages, was thought to bring good luck in the New Year. Plants that magically remained green through the bleakest times have held a special significance since Ancient Rome. In 15th- and 16th- century England, musicians sang carols to introduce the Christmas story to those who were unable to read.

All of these traditions are part of HSMC’s Madrigal Dinners. Enjoy delectable fare following wassail and appetizers above stairs; the meal will commence in the first floor Great Hall. Lavish decorations will set the stage for beautiful harmonies.

Reservations are required and will be accepted beginning in mid-October.

Dec
8
Sat
Madrigal Dinners
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm

Welcome the holiday season with feasting, firelight, and beautiful music in the lavishly decorated Reconstructed State House of 1676.

Holiday revelers have feasted through the ages. In the colony, delicacies arrived with the tobacco fleet towards the end of the year, and cool weather signaled time for butchering meat and decanting beverages that had fermented since the harvest. The notion of adding music to the meal was introduced to England from Italy, and the 16th-century lords and ladies of the land enjoyed great madrigal feasts. Today’s madrigal dinners feature other customs that were probably familiar to the colonists. The burning of a Yule log, a common practice by the Middle Ages, was thought to bring good luck in the New Year. Plants that magically remained green through the bleakest times have held a special significance since Ancient Rome. In 15th- and 16th- century England, musicians sang carols to introduce the Christmas story to those who were unable to read.

All of these traditions are part of HSMC’s Madrigal Dinners. Enjoy delectable fare following wassail and appetizers above stairs; the meal will commence in the first floor Great Hall. Lavish decorations will set the stage for beautiful harmonies.

Reservations are required and will be accepted beginning in mid-October.

Dec
14
Fri
Madrigal Dinners
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm

Welcome the holiday season with feasting, firelight, and beautiful music in the lavishly decorated Reconstructed State House of 1676.

Holiday revelers have feasted through the ages. In the colony, delicacies arrived with the tobacco fleet towards the end of the year, and cool weather signaled time for butchering meat and decanting beverages that had fermented since the harvest. The notion of adding music to the meal was introduced to England from Italy, and the 16th-century lords and ladies of the land enjoyed great madrigal feasts. Today’s madrigal dinners feature other customs that were probably familiar to the colonists. The burning of a Yule log, a common practice by the Middle Ages, was thought to bring good luck in the New Year. Plants that magically remained green through the bleakest times have held a special significance since Ancient Rome. In 15th- and 16th- century England, musicians sang carols to introduce the Christmas story to those who were unable to read.

All of these traditions are part of HSMC’s Madrigal Dinners. Enjoy delectable fare following wassail and appetizers above stairs; the meal will commence in the first floor Great Hall. Lavish decorations will set the stage for beautiful harmonies.

Reservations are required and will be accepted beginning in mid-October.

Dec
15
Sat
Madrigal Dinners
Dec 15 @ 6:00 pm

Welcome the holiday season with feasting, firelight, and beautiful music in the lavishly decorated Reconstructed State House of 1676.

Holiday revelers have feasted through the ages. In the colony, delicacies arrived with the tobacco fleet towards the end of the year, and cool weather signaled time for butchering meat and decanting beverages that had fermented since the harvest. The notion of adding music to the meal was introduced to England from Italy, and the 16th-century lords and ladies of the land enjoyed great madrigal feasts. Today’s madrigal dinners feature other customs that were probably familiar to the colonists. The burning of a Yule log, a common practice by the Middle Ages, was thought to bring good luck in the New Year. Plants that magically remained green through the bleakest times have held a special significance since Ancient Rome. In 15th- and 16th- century England, musicians sang carols to introduce the Christmas story to those who were unable to read.

All of these traditions are part of HSMC’s Madrigal Dinners. Enjoy delectable fare following wassail and appetizers above stairs; the meal will commence in the first floor Great Hall. Lavish decorations will set the stage for beautiful harmonies.

Reservations are required and will be accepted beginning in mid-October.