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!

Apr
28
Sat
Saturday in the City Program (subject to change)
Apr 28 @ 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.  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.  How do you become a prosperous colonist in 17th-century Maryland?  Meet a member of the plantation household and find out how to become rich — or, at least — die trying.  (approximately 30 minutes)

3:00 p.m.  Join St. Mary’s College of Maryland Music Department’s vocal ensemble, PING, as they perform a short program of a cappella musical selections, under the direction of Professor Larry Vote.

  

PING in Concert
Apr 28 @ 3:00 pm

Join St. Mary’s College of Maryland Music Department’s vocal ensemble, PING, as they perform a short program of a cappella musical selections, under the direction of Professor Larry Vote.

Park at the Visitor Center.

May
2
Wed
Little Explorers: What’s Growing?
May 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Meet at the Godiah Spray Tobacco Plantation.

Designed for pre-school age children 3-5 years old and an accompanying adult. $4 per child ($3 Friends members); one accompanying adult free. Full-day admission included

May
5
Sat
Site Closure: Godiah Spray Tobacco Plantation
May 5 all-day

The Godiah Spray Tobacco Plantation is closed today, so that the colonists can attend our May Day celebration.

May Day
May 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Celebrate the arrival of spring — colonial-style!  Take part in a Maypole dance, play games, make a craft to take home.

May Day 2018 Program (Click to enlarge.)

May
16
Wed
Little Explorers: What’s Bugging You?
May 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Meet at the Godiah Spray Tobacco Plantation.

Designed for pre-school age children 3-5 years old and an accompanying adult. $4 per child ($3 Friends members); one accompanying adult free. Full-day admission included.

May
17
Thu
Discovering a Forgotten 17th-Century Maryland VIP
May 17 @ 7:00 pm

Meet at the Visitor Center Auditorium.

One of the earliest Irish immigrants to Maryland became a very significant person in the 17th-century colony, and yet he is almost totally forgotten by history.  This began to change in 1990, when golf course construction near Kent Island caused a frantic rescue archaeology project in which Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC) archaeologists assisted.  The site was the plantation of this early settler named Henry Coursey.  He came to Maryland in 1649 and quickly rose to prominence, serving on the Governor’s council; as a chief judge; and as Maryland’s main negotiator with Native Americans.  Although a Protestant, Coursey became a close personal friend of Chancellor Philip Calvert, and almost certainly attended Calvert’s burial in his lead coffin at the Chapel.  In this talk, HSMC’s Maryland Heritage Scholar, Dr. Henry Miller, presents a summary of Henry Coursey’s story, and reviews some of the many discoveries made during the rescue excavations.  Particular emphasis is given to the unusual architecture we found, and its possible unanticipated influence upon Maryland’s oldest standing building.

Jun
6
Wed
Little Explorers: Summer Time
Jun 6 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Meet at The Shop at Farthing’s Ordinary.

Designed for pre-school age children 3-5 years old and an accompanying adult.  $4 per child ($3 Friends members); one accompanying adult free.  Full-day admission included.

Jun
16
Sat
Pirates: Fact vs. Fiction
Jun 16 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Meet at The Shop at Farthing’s Ordinary.

Separate fact from fiction to learn the true and fascinating stories behind the myths and legends that have grown up around pirates. This workshop is filled with hands-on activities that explain pirate life, weapons, and punishments.

Designed for children 11-14 years old

Payment in full is required at time of registration

Jun
23
Sat
Site Closure: Godiah Spray Tobacco Plantation
Jun 23 all-day

The Godiah Spray Tobacco Plantation is closed today, so that the Plantation staff can demonstrate apple cider processing at our annual Beer Fest fundraiser.

The Woodland Indian Hamlet, the reconstructed Brick Chapel of 1667, the Mackall Barn, and the reconstructed Town Center are all open normal operating hours, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Maryland Dove is open extended hours, until 5:00 p.m., for today only.

Beer Fest
Jun 23 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Enjoy brew, food, artisans, and music during this annual museum fundraiser.

Jun
25
Mon
Summer Camp: Build it. . . Wear it. . . Eat it. . . Live it
Jun 25 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

History is so much more than dates, names, and places.  It’s architecture, food, clothing, and much more!  Join us for an immersive experience where you will be able to dig in the river for clay, make wooden nails, bake the colonial way, and make felt.

Designed for rising 5th and 6th graders

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

Jun
26
Tue
Summer Camp: Build it. . . Wear it. . . Eat it. . . Live it
Jun 26 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

History is so much more than dates, names, and places.  It’s architecture, food, clothing, and much more!  Join us for an immersive experience where you will be able to dig in the river for clay, make wooden nails, bake the colonial way, and make felt.

Designed for rising 5th and 6th graders

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

Jun
27
Wed
Summer Camp: Build it. . . Wear it. . . Eat it. . . Live it
Jun 27 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

History is so much more than dates, names, and places.  It’s architecture, food, clothing, and much more!  Join us for an immersive experience where you will be able to dig in the river for clay, make wooden nails, bake the colonial way, and make felt.

Designed for rising 5th and 6th graders

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

Jun
28
Thu
Summer Camp: Build it. . . Wear it. . . Eat it. . . Live it
Jun 28 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

History is so much more than dates, names, and places.  It’s architecture, food, clothing, and much more!  Join us for an immersive experience where you will be able to dig in the river for clay, make wooden nails, bake the colonial way, and make felt.

Designed for rising 5th and 6th graders

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