Historic St. Mary's City

The site of Maryland's first capital is now an 800-acre outdoor museum and active archaeological dig.
Summer: 10-5 Wednesday-Sunday Fall and Spring: 10-5 Tuesday-Saturday
(St. Mary's County)
$10, $8 seniors, $6 students, $3.50 ages 6-12
240-895-4991, 800-762-1634
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Editorial Review

This outdoor living history museum and archaeological park documents and portrays the lives of Maryland's first settlers and the colony's first capital (1634-1695). Visitors can meet a 17th-century tobacco farmer at the Godiah Spray Plantation, walk through the 1676 State House, go aboard the Dove (a replica of one of the two vessels that brought the original English colonists), and see how Native Americans lived in the Woodland Indian Hamlet. If you have time on the way, you may want to take a side trip to the St. Clement's Island-Potomac River Museum in Coltons Point. Take Route 242 west from Route 5. Exhibits depict the first landing by English settlers in March 1634, at St. Clement's Island.

How much: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (60 and older), $6 for students (ages 13-18 or with college ID), $3.50 for children (ages 6-12), free for children 5 and younger. Audio tour rentals are an additional $3.

When: There are three seasons, but hours are all 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Spring season: March 13-June 16, Tuesdays through Saturdays. On Sundays (except for Easter, when it is closed), living history exhibits are closed, but the Visitor Center, Exhibit Hall, the Shop at Farthing's Ordinary and museum grounds remain open. Summer: June 20-Sept. 16; the entire museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays. Fall: Sept. 18-Nov. 24.; everything is open Tuesdays-Saturdays. On Sundays, the living history exhibits are closed, but others are open.

--The Guide (April 26, 2007)