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!

Sep
27
Thu
NEW DATE! – Fall Homeschool Day
Sep 27 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

$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!

Spend a day with hands-on, minds-on activities:

 

Town Center

  • 10:30 a.m.  Visitors will learn and play a period dice game called Passage, which was popular in ordinaries during the 17th century.
  • 11:00 a.m.  Storytime with Miss Anna – Join Miss Anna, as she tells a historical fairytale.  (approximately 30 minutes)
  • 11:30 a.m.  Dancing demonstration (with audience participation!)
  • 1:30 p.m.  Storytime with Miss Anna – Join Miss Anna, as she tells a historical fairytale.  (approximately 30 minutes)
  • 2:30 p.m.  Visitors will learn and play a period dice game called Passage, which was popular in ordinaries during the 17th century.
  • Ongoing (What can you do?)
    • Make a corn husk doll
    • Play games (quoits, nine pins, graces, hoops)

 

Woodland Indian Hamlet

  • Ongoing (What can you see?)
    • Fire starting demonstration
    • The importance of fish and shellfish to the native diet
    • Native agriculture and cooking practices
  • Ongoing (What can you do?)
    • Make a clay pot
    • Grind acorns with a grinding stone

 

Godiah Spray Tobacco Plantation

  • Ongoing (What can you see?)
    • Woodworking and preparing of the plantation for winter
    • Pickling of cucumbers, carrots, and beets
    • Gathering and bundling of herbs
    • Heritage breed cows (Jolly Boy and Li’l Bob); pigs (Frankie, Izzy, and Tony); and chickens

 

Oct
3
Wed
Little Explorers: Fall Mixed Up
Oct 3 @ 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.

Oct
5
Fri
Maryland Dove Away from Port
Oct 5 all-day

Our maritime exhibit, the Maryland Dove, will be away from port on the following dates:

Friday, October 5th – Monday, October 8th

The Maryland Dove is sailing to St. Clement’s Island to participate in the annual Blessing of the Fleet.

She will be back on exhibit at Historic St. Mary’s City on Tuesday, October 9th.

 

Oct
6
Sat
Maryland Dove Away from Port
Oct 6 all-day

Our maritime exhibit, the Maryland Dove, will be away from port on the following dates:

Friday, October 5th – Monday, October 8th

The Maryland Dove is sailing to St. Clement’s Island to participate in the annual Blessing of the Fleet.

She will be back on exhibit at Historic St. Mary’s City on Tuesday, October 9th.

 

Oct
7
Sun
Maryland Dove Away from Port
Oct 7 all-day

Our maritime exhibit, the Maryland Dove, will be away from port on the following dates:

Friday, October 5th – Monday, October 8th

The Maryland Dove is sailing to St. Clement’s Island to participate in the annual Blessing of the Fleet.

She will be back on exhibit at Historic St. Mary’s City on Tuesday, October 9th.

 

Oct
8
Mon
Maryland Dove Away from Port
Oct 8 all-day

Our maritime exhibit, the Maryland Dove, will be away from port on the following dates:

Friday, October 5th – Monday, October 8th

The Maryland Dove is sailing to St. Clement’s Island to participate in the annual Blessing of the Fleet.

She will be back on exhibit at Historic St. Mary’s City on Tuesday, October 9th.

 

Oct
11
Thu
Lecture: Medical Practice and Practitioners in Seventeenth-Century St. Mary’s
Oct 11 @ 7:00 pm

As only the fourth permanent English settlement on North American soil, the colony of Maryland faced an array of challenges from the moment it was established in 1634.  Paramount among these were the challenges of keeping settlers alive and in fit working condition.  Health and healing were issues which underpinned the potential success or failure of any colonial endeavor, and responses to these concerns often proved wholly inadequate.  This is one reason why many more English colonies failed than succeeded throughout the first century of imperial expansion. So how did early Marylanders seek to address their medical concerns in this strange new land? Who were their physicians, and what ailments were they treating?  What kinds of medicines did these colonists prescribe, and where did they come from?  Were their philosophies of health and healing predominantly imported from Europe, or were some worked out right here on the shores of Chesapeake Bay?

Join historian Benjamin Tomak as he addresses these and other questions concerning these critical and fascinating aspects of colonial life.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Oct
13
Sat
“Adults Only” Tour of the Town Center: Murder, Magic, and Mayhem
Oct 13 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Meet at The Shop at Farthing’s Ordinary.

This one-hour walking tour is designed to dramatize the darker side of the colony.  Immerse yourself in the world of the newly found colony – filled with superstition and suspicion!

Four tour times are available:

  • 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Designed for ages 18+.  I.D. is required.

Registration opens August 13th.  Space is limited.

$20 per person ($15 Friends members).  Payment in full is required at time of registration.  No refunds will be given for a cancellation made after October 5th.

“Adults Only” Tour of the Town Center: Murder, Magic, and Mayhem
Oct 13 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Meet at The Shop at Farthing’s Ordinary.

This one-hour walking tour is designed to dramatize the darker side of the colony.  Immerse yourself in the world of the newly found colony – filled with superstition and suspicion!

Four tour times are available:

  • 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Designed for ages 18+.  I.D. is required.

Registration opens August 13th.  Space is limited.

$20 per person ($15 Friends members).  Payment in full is required at time of registration.  No refunds will be given for a cancellation made after October 5th.

“Adults Only” Tour of the Town Center: Murder, Magic, and Mayhem
Oct 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Meet at The Shop at Farthing’s Ordinary.

This one-hour walking tour is designed to dramatize the darker side of the colony.  Immerse yourself in the world of the newly found colony – filled with superstition and suspicion!

Four tour times are available:

  • 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Designed for ages 18+.  I.D. is required.

Registration opens August 13th.  Space is limited.

$20 per person ($15 Friends members).  Payment in full is required at time of registration.  No refunds will be given for a cancellation made after October 5th.

“Adults Only” Tour of the Town Center: Murder, Magic, and Mayhem
Oct 13 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Meet at The Shop at Farthing’s Ordinary.

This one-hour walking tour is designed to dramatize the darker side of the colony.  Immerse yourself in the world of the newly found colony – filled with superstition and suspicion!

Four tour times are available:

  • 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Designed for ages 18+.  I.D. is required.

Registration opens August 13th.  Space is limited.

$20 per person ($15 Friends members).  Payment in full is required at time of registration.  No refunds will be given for a cancellation made after October 5th.

Oct
17
Wed
Little Explorers: We Are Going on a Bear Hunt
Oct 17 @ 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.

Oct
20
Sat
Lost City
Oct 20 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us at this free, family-friendly event filled with face painting, games, crafts, and…candy!  Monetary donations are appreciated.

Park in the State House parking lot.

Oct
27
Sat
Hide Tanning Workshop
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

This workshop takes place at the Woodland Indian Hamlet.  Meet at the Visitor Center.

Hunting season is upon us!  Are you wondering what to do with those deer hides?  Historic St. Mary’s City is offering a workshop in the traditional approach to hide tanning.  Join the Woodland Indian Hamlet staff and learn the native art of taking a deer hide and turning it into soft buckskin.  This program, designed for beginners, takes you through the steps required to do natural brain-tanning.  Space is limited.

Designed for ages 14+.

$20 per person ($15 Friends members).  Payment in full is required at time of registration.  No refunds will be given for a cancellation made after October 19th.

 

PING in Concert
Oct 27 @ 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.