Experience life in 17th-century Maryland! Step onboard a tall ship, play colonial games, and
wander through an Indian witchott. The plantation household will show you what's growing in
the kitchen garden and introduce you to heirloom livestock. Find out how archaeologists and historians piece together the past to reveal this colony's remarkable legacy of democracy and toleration. Lord Baltimore's capital, in beautiful tidewater Southern Maryland, stands ready to be rediscovered.


The Visitor Center, the living history sites, and The Shop at Farthing’s Ordinary have reopened!  Check here for our summer 2020 operating schedule.

Due to a sustained heat index of 100°+, outdoor exhibits will close at 2:00 p.m. today, August 2.  Outdoor staff will be relocated to the St. John’s Site Museum and the Visitor Center, to answer questions for the public until 4:00 p.m., our normal closing time. 

The Blue Star Museums program has been canceled for summer 2020.  Statement from the National Endowment for the Arts:  “The National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families acknowledge the hardships faced by both military families and museums due to COVID-19.  Out of an abundance of caution as it relates to the changing realities of how communities across the nation are experiencing and handling COVID-19, the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families have decided to cancel the Blue Star Museums free admission program for summer 2020.”

The 2020 Field School in Historical Archaeology has been canceled.


stop racismA message from Dr. Regina Faden, Executive Director of Historic St. Mary’s City
“Sorrow is constantly with us now. For months we have been haunted by the threat of a pandemic, but for African Americans sorrow has been their companion throughout the history of this country. As a nation, we have witnessed the murder of George Floyd and struggle to make sense of it. Individually we grieve, some publicly and some privately, and pray for peace and justice. From History St Mary’s City, we express our deepest sympathy to the family of George Floyd and all the people who loved him. To the families of Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade we are deeply sorry for your immeasurable loss. What do we do now, when confronted with our nation’s history of racial violence and the tragedies of so many families and communities because of systemic racism? How do we begin to dismantle that which is killing our brothers and sisters? The first step is the hardest – to discern how we have participated in and perpetuated racial injustice.

For fifty years, we at Historic St. Mary’s City have been proud to tell the story of religious freedom planted here in Maryland by the Calvert family, but we have not told the whole story. A year ago, we asked for the opinions of a diverse collective of respected community members and they told us, “you need to do better and we are willing to help you do better if you are willing to listen to us and to make real change.” It has been a year of reflection and learning from community members for us at HSMC. We will contribute to change by telling everyone’s story. It is only together that we can dismantle the systems that perpetuate racism and begin to lift the constant burden of sorrow.”

Summer Day Camps at HSMC – Pick Your Own Adventure!

Sign up now for one or more of our camp days. Choose from programs suitable for ages 6-14. Programs have been rescheduled for the week of August 11—14. Call (240) 895-4980, or e-mail Groups@HSMCdigsHistory.org for more information.

Scout Summer Camp at HSMC

Camp days are designed to help scouts fulfill their badge requirements. Choose from archery, or Maryland heritage. Programs have been rescheduled for August 20 and 21. Call (240) 895-4980, or e-mail Groups@HSMCdigsHistory.org for more information.


We want to encourage everyone to take some rest and do something fun this weekend. Take a walk with family, call some friends, play a game. If you’re looking for some inspiration, watch the attached video.  It seems some things never change including the need for fun!  For those who may be curious, this video was magically taken in 1667 when the main concern was the seasoning – our staff and volunteers in 2020 are safely in their homes, keeping their distances.