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!

Mar
23
Sat
Maryland Day
Mar 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Celebrate Maryland’s 385th anniversary with ceremony, pageantry, speeches, and free admission to living history and museum exhibits.

 

Mar
30
Sat
Maryland Dove Closed
Mar 30 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Due to construction, the Maryland Dove and the Waterfront will be closed for select days during the spring:  March 12, 13, 14, 16, and 30.

Apr
3
Wed
Little Explorers: Springtime
Apr 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Meet at the Visitor Center.

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

Apr
17
Wed
Homeschool Day: Old World, Modern World
Apr 17 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Come explore the similarities and differences of the sciences and technology of the old world versus the new world. This is a STEAM program, especially designed for homeschool families who love science and history, with hands-on activities, demonstrations, and crafts.

$5 per child age 5 and older; one accompanying adult free; $10 each additional adult; reduced rates for Friends members of the museum.  Register with payment for the program and receive a fast pass to skip the line and start your educational experience! Registration opens on March 1st.

Homeschoolers may also be interested in our Terra Mariae Society youth interpreter program.  The deadline to apply for the 2019 season is Friday, February 15th.

 

Apr
18
Thu
Maryland Archeology Month Lecture
Apr 18 @ 7:00 pm

Meet at the Visitor Center Auditorium.

Hear about recent research conducted by the staff of Historic St. Mary’s City’s Department of Research and Collections.  Free.

Apr
24
Wed
Little Explorers: All About Trees
Apr 24 @ 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

May
1
Wed
Little Explorers: Growing a Garden
May 1 @ 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
4
Sat
Site Closure: Godiah Spray Tobacco Plantation
May 4 all-day

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

May Day
May 4 @ 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
15
Wed
Little Explorers: Sheep, Wool, and Mittens
May 15 @ 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.

May
16
Thu
Cape Cod’s Oldest Shipwreck: The Desperate Crossing of the Sparrow-Hawk
May 16 @ 7:00 pm

Meet at the Visitor Center Auditorium.

Join Mark Wilkins, Curator of Maritime History at the Calvert Marine Museum, for a talk centered on the dramatic crossing of the Sparrow-Hawk, a merchant vessel that set sail for Virginia from the southern coast of England, during the winter of 1626-27.  There were a few merchants aboard and several laborers; their intention was to become wealthy tobacco plantation owners.  However, a few weeks into the voyage, many were sick and supplies were running low; the crew was close to mutiny.  They wrecked on the coast of Cape Cod during a fierce storm.  Ultimately, those aboard Sparrow-Hawk were assimilated into Plimoth Colony, but after a time, Governor William Bradford asked them to leave.  A few attained their ambitions in Virginia, eventually.  Many decades passed, and the ship was slowly reclaimed by the shifting sands of Cape Cod until the middle of the 19th century, when she re-emerged and was put on display on Boston Common as a curiosity.  Today, she resides in the permanent collection of the Pilgrim Hall Museum.

Jun
5
Wed
Little Explorers: Bugs and Insects
Jun 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Meet at the Visitor Center.

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
17
Mon
Camp Discovery Summer Camp
Jun 17 @ 9:00 am – Jun 21 @ 3:00 pm

Discover the science in the daily lives of early Marylanders.  Join us for a week that combines history, science, and the arts in one exciting adventure.  Campers will participate in a different STEAM activity each day, while exploring  the natural environment around them.

Designed for rising 5th and 6th graders

Payment in full is required at time of registration.  Camps take place rain or shine.

Jun
20
Thu
17th-Century Origins of Slavery in Maryland
Jun 20 @ 7:00 pm

Meet at the Visitor Center Auditorium.

Histories of enslavement in the Chesapeake often describe the 17th century as a “society with slaves” and the 18th century as a “slave society.”  While this statement accurately reflects the sharp increase in enslaved Africans brought forcibly into the region beginning at the end of the 17th century, it does little to explain the institution’s roots.  In this lecture, Dr. Travis Parno uses the story of Antonio, an enslaved man who died resisting his enslavement in 1656, to discuss the origins of slavery in Maryland.  He highlights the influence of other English colonies such as Barbados and Virginia, as well as the role of the elite Marylanders who introduced the practice to the colony and ensured its survival through the passage of significant legislation.

Jun
22
Sat
Site Closure: Godiah Spray Tobacco Plantation
Jun 22 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, the reconstructed Town Center, and the Maryland Dove are all open normal operating hours, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.