Historic St. Mary’s City,
Southern Maryland Calendar of Events

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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!

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.

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.