Hear About Our History
Visitors to Historic St. Mary’s City enjoy learning about our history and environment from informative signs and interpreters. We invite you to enhance your time on site or go on a virtual visit using this self-guided audio tour. You can explore the museum and its history at your own pace on site or at home.
Each part of the audio tour covers a different location or feature of life in St. Mary’s City. While they are made to be listened to at their corresponding locations, enjoy them anywhere. The tracks are numbered, but you can listen to them in any order. Download the entire tour to your computer or mobile device, or listen to the files below individually.
To download the entire tour to your computer or mobile device, click on the Complete Audio Tour link below, which will download a zip file. Unzip the file, then open the mp3 tracks using your preferred music listening program.
To listen to a specific part of the audio tour click on one of the links below. Each track is shown under its corresponding feature of Historic St. Mary’s City.
Hear about the founding of Maryland and Historic St. Mary’s City, the museum that commemorates its beginnings.
Discover Maryland’s unique legacy of religious toleration and the places that help tell its story.
Woodland Indian Hamlet
Meet Maryland’s first people, the Yaocomico Indians.
Features of St. Mary’s City
Learn about some less-known aspects of St. Mary’s story.
St. Mary’s City Town Center
While it would be small by modern standards, and even the standards of its time, colonial St. Mary’s City was the bustling heart of Maryland. Explore some of the places that once populated St. Mary’s City.
People of St. Mary’s
While Maryland was founded by English, it became a melting pot for people from many backgrounds, cultures, and countries. A diverse population helped make St. Mary’s City, and Maryland, what it is today.
Maryland’s first official State House, constructed in 1676, was the seat of government until 1694 when the capital was moved to Annapolis. The building was recreated in 1634 for the three-hundredth anniversary of Maryland’s founding.
St. Mary’s Shore
Water, water everywhere! Find out about the watery side of these shores.
The Calvert House was the first governor’s residence and a place where Maryland’s Assembly met, and holds a key part of Maryland’s history.
The Three C’s
The three institutions co-located on the National Historic Landmark at St. Mary’s City work to preserve and protect Maryland’s legacy.
Consider the ways Maryland’s environment impacted those who have lived here and how these inhabitants have changed the environment.