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!

May
4
Sat
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.

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.

BeerFest
Jun 22 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Enjoy brew, food, artisans, and music during this annual museum fundraiser.
The day’s activities include music by local bands, the Van Sweringen’s Ordinary exhibit (one of the first taverns in the colony), and the ever popular beer and cider making demonstrations. Visitors can sample local cuisine, taste a variety of regional craft brews, and shop amongst local craft vendors. This is a fun, family friendly event and children under 15 are free. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon in this beautiful setting, while supporting further education and research at the HSMC Museum. Chairs are welcome, but please no outside food, beverages or personal shade tents.

Visit the BeerFest website or click here for tickets.

Jul
20
Sat
Tidewater Archaeology Weekend
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Help uncover the past at one of the best-preserved colonial sites in the nation.  Take a guided tour of excavations, and don’t miss a once-a-year opportunity to explore the archaeology laboratory.  More details to come.

11:00 a.m.  Hear the stories lost objects tell.  Archaeology Weekend is the only time the research lab is open to the public for tours.  Pre-registration required; space is limited.  Sign up when you purchase your admission.  (approximately 1 hour)

1:00 p.m.  Hear the stories lost objects tell.  Archaeology Weekend is the only time the research lab is open to the public for tours.  Pre-registration required; space is limited.  Sign up when you purchase your admission.  (approximately 1 hour)

2:30 p.m.  Hear the stories lost objects tell.  Archaeology Weekend is the only time the research lab is open to the public for tours.  Pre-registration required; space is limited.  Sign up when you purchase your admission.  (approximately 1 hour)

4:00 p.m.  Hear the stories lost objects tell.  Archaeology Weekend is the only time the research lab is open to the public for tours.  Pre-registration required; space is limited.  Sign up when you purchase your admission.  (approximately 1 hour)

 

Jul
21
Sun
Tidewater Archaeology Weekend
Jul 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Help uncover the past at one of the best-preserved colonial sites in the nation.  Take a guided tour of excavations, and don’t miss a once-a-year opportunity to explore the archaeology laboratory.  More details to come.

11:00 a.m.  Hear the stories lost objects tell.  Archaeology Weekend is the only time the research lab is open to the public for tours.  Pre-registration required; space is limited.  Sign up when you purchase your admission.  (approximately 1 hour)

1:00 p.m.  Hear the stories lost objects tell.  Archaeology Weekend is the only time the research lab is open to the public for tours.  Pre-registration required; space is limited.  Sign up when you purchase your admission.  (approximately 1 hour)

2:30 p.m.  Hear the stories lost objects tell.  Archaeology Weekend is the only time the research lab is open to the public for tours.  Pre-registration required; space is limited.  Sign up when you purchase your admission.  (approximately 1 hour)

4:00 p.m.  Hear the stories lost objects tell.  Archaeology Weekend is the only time the research lab is open to the public for tours.  Pre-registration required; space is limited.  Sign up when you purchase your admission.  (approximately 1 hour)

Aug
9
Fri
Shakespeare in the City: Julius Caesar
Aug 9 @ 7:30 pm

Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC) and The Newtowne Players present Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare.  Join us for this unique outdoor theatrical experience on the State House lawn. One of The Bard’s most famous tragedies, it tells the story of the Roman statesman.

Shakespeare in the City at HSMC is committed to honoring its performance calendar. Performances take place in all weather—rain or shine.  In the unlikely event that a performance is cancelled due to severe weather conditions, a decision will be made 60 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the show.  We will notify ticket buyers by email, and post an alert on the homepage of HSMC at http://www.hsmcdigshistory.org .  There are no refunds given to ticket holders due to inclement weather.  However, we will do our best to honor the use of ticket(s) for another performance.

Aug
10
Sat
Shakespeare in the City: Julius Caesar
Aug 10 @ 7:30 pm

Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC) and The Newtowne Players present Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare.  Join us for this unique outdoor theatrical experience on the State House lawn. One of The Bard’s most famous tragedies, it tells the story of the Roman statesman.

Shakespeare in the City at HSMC is committed to honoring its performance calendar. Performances take place in all weather—rain or shine.  In the unlikely event that a performance is cancelled due to severe weather conditions, a decision will be made 60 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the show.  We will notify ticket buyers by email, and post an alert on the homepage of HSMC at http://www.hsmcdigshistory.org .  There are no refunds given to ticket holders due to inclement weather.  However, we will do our best to honor the use of ticket(s) for another performance.

Aug
15
Thu
Shakespeare in the City: Julius Caesar
Aug 15 @ 7:30 pm

Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC) and The Newtowne Players present Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare.  Join us for this unique outdoor theatrical experience on the State House lawn. One of The Bard’s most famous tragedies, it tells the story of the Roman statesman.

Shakespeare in the City at HSMC is committed to honoring its performance calendar. Performances take place in all weather—rain or shine.  In the unlikely event that a performance is cancelled due to severe weather conditions, a decision will be made 60 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the show.  We will notify ticket buyers by email, and post an alert on the homepage of HSMC at http://www.hsmcdigshistory.org .  There are no refunds given to ticket holders due to inclement weather.  However, we will do our best to honor the use of ticket(s) for another performance.

Aug
16
Fri
Shakespeare in the City: Julius Caesar
Aug 16 @ 7:30 pm

Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC) and The Newtowne Players present Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare.  Join us for this unique outdoor theatrical experience on the State House lawn. One of The Bard’s most famous tragedies, it tells the story of the Roman statesman.

Shakespeare in the City at HSMC is committed to honoring its performance calendar. Performances take place in all weather—rain or shine.  In the unlikely event that a performance is cancelled due to severe weather conditions, a decision will be made 60 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the show.  We will notify ticket buyers by email, and post an alert on the homepage of HSMC at http://www.hsmcdigshistory.org .  There are no refunds given to ticket holders due to inclement weather.  However, we will do our best to honor the use of ticket(s) for another performance.

Aug
17
Sat
Shakespeare in the City: Julius Caesar
Aug 17 @ 7:30 pm

Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC) and The Newtowne Players present Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare.  Join us for this unique outdoor theatrical experience on the State House lawn. One of The Bard’s most famous tragedies, it tells the story of the Roman statesman.

Shakespeare in the City at HSMC is committed to honoring its performance calendar. Performances take place in all weather—rain or shine.  In the unlikely event that a performance is cancelled due to severe weather conditions, a decision will be made 60 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the show.  We will notify ticket buyers by email, and post an alert on the homepage of HSMC at http://www.hsmcdigshistory.org .  There are no refunds given to ticket holders due to inclement weather.  However, we will do our best to honor the use of ticket(s) for another performance.

Sep
14
Sat
Indian Discovery Day
Sep 14 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Explore and celebrate Indian lifeways and culture.  Learn skills, try crafts, watch demonstrations, and gain a new appreciation for the people that called this land home before Maryland was founded.

 

Sep
21
Sat
Militia Muster
Sep 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The St. Maries Citty Militia musters for drills, mock battles, and camp life.  Visit an encampment, march along, watch a musket fire demonstration, and more.

The Godiah Spray Tobacco Plantation is closed today, while household members participate in Muster activities.

Sep
28
Sat
RiverFest
Sep 28 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sponsored by the St. Mary’s Watershed Association and Historic St. Mary’s City

Wade-In for Clean Water with Senator Bernie Fowler.  Live music, environmental and children’s activities, kayaking, and more!

Oct
4
Fri
Maryland Dove Away from Port
Oct 4 all-day

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

Friday, October 4th – Monday, October 7th

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 in St. Mary’s City on Tuesday, October 8th.