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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
18
Wed
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
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
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)

 

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)

Jul
26
Thu
Thursday in the City Program (subject to change)
Jul 26 @ 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
28
Sat
Saturday in the City Program (subject to change)
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

11:30 a.m.  How did the natives build and repair their houses and shelters?  Witness and learn about the construction methods and materials utilized by the first occupants of this land.  Maybe you can lend a hand.  (approximately 30 minutes)

12:30 p.m.  Discover what friskets, coffins, carriages, garters, gallows, and the devil’s tail have to do with printing and St. Mary’s City.  You might be impressed(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.  Everyone must know how to fire a musket in 17th-century Maryland.  Join a member of the plantation household, as you learn about the whole lock, stock, and barrel.  (approximately 30 minutes)

Jul
29
Sun
Sunday in the City Program (subject to change)
Jul 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

11:30 a.m.  Visit the Woodland Indian Hamlet to learn how the Yaocomaco people created canoes without metal tools, and how fire could be a most valuable tool.  (approximately 20 minutes)

12:30 p.m.  From carding and knitting, to spinning and sewing, come experience for yourself some of the many ways colonists could have produced clothes and other textile items(approximately 20 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.  Everyone must know how to fire a musket in 17th-century Maryland.  Join a member of the plantation household, as you learn about the whole lock, stock, and barrel.  (approximately 30 minutes)

Aug
1
Wed
Wednesday in the City Program (subject to change)
Aug 1 @ 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)

Aug
2
Thu
Thursday in the City Program (subject to change)
Aug 2 @ 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)

Aug
5
Sun
Sunday in the City Program (subject to change)
Aug 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

11:30 a.m.  Visit the Woodland Indian Hamlet to learn how the Yaocomaco people created canoes without metal tools, and how fire could be a most valuable tool.  (approximately 20 minutes)

12:30 p.m.  From carding and knitting, to spinning and sewing, come experience for yourself some of the many ways colonists could have produced clothes and other textile items(approximately 20 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.  Everyone must know how to fire a musket in 17th-century Maryland.  Join a member of the plantation household, as you learn about the whole lock, stock, and barrel.  (approximately 30 minutes)

Aug
8
Wed
Wednesday in the City Program (subject to change)
Aug 8 @ 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)

Aug
9
Thu
Thursday in the City Program (subject to change)
Aug 9 @ 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)

Aug
10
Fri
Shakespeare in the City: Romeo and Juliet
Aug 10 @ 7:30 pm

Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC) and The Newtowne Players present Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.  Join us for this unique outdoor theatrical experience on the State House lawn. One of The Bard’s most famous tragedies, it tells the story of two star-crossed lovers.

Free parking is available in the State House lot, near The Shop at Farthing’s Ordinary.

Food, beverages (including beer and wine), and icy treats will be available for purchase.

The Friday and Saturday performances have the following ticket prices:

  • $15 adults
  • $13 Newtowne Players supporting members and Friends of HSMC
  • $12 seniors, military, and students (ages 12 and older)
  • $10 children ages 6 – 11
  • Children ages 5 and younger are free.

There is a special discount price of $10 for the Thursday performance no matter your demographic or affiliation.  (Children ages 5 and younger are still free.)

Shakespeare in the City at HSMC is committed to honoring its performance calendar. Performances take place in all weather—rain or shine.  In the unlikely event that a performance is cancelled due to severe weather conditions, a decision will be made 60 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the show.  We will notify ticket buyers by email, and post an alert on the homepage of HSMC at http://www.hsmcdigshistory.org .  There are no refunds given to ticket holders due to inclement weather.  However, we will do our best to honor the use of ticket(s) for another performance.

Aug
11
Sat
Saturday in the City Program (subject to change)
Aug 11 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

11:30 a.m.  How did the natives build and repair their houses and shelters?  Witness and learn about the construction methods and materials utilized by the first occupants of this land.  Maybe you can lend a hand.  (approximately 30 minutes)

12:30 p.m.  Discover what friskets, coffins, carriages, garters, gallows, and the devil’s tail have to do with printing and St. Mary’s City.  You might be impressed(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.  Everyone must know how to fire a musket in 17th-century Maryland.  Join a member of the plantation household, as you learn about the whole lock, stock, and barrel.  (approximately 30 minutes)