Details: Visiting the Religious Freedom Byway

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


The Religious Freedom Byway runs for 189 miles through St. Mary's and Charles counties. St. Mary's City is about 63 miles south of the Beltway on Route 5. From St. Mary's City, follow Route 5 north to Route 234 west to Chaptico (Christ Episcopal Church), then take Route 238 south to Colton's Point (St.Clement's Island Museum). Retrace your steps to Route 234, then head west again to Chapel Point (St. Ignatius Church).


Brome-Howard Inn, 18281 Rosecroft Rd., St. Mary's City; 301-866-0656, A riverfront B&B a stone's throw from Historic St. Mary's City and the St. Mary's College campus. Four rooms, with rates starting at $125 on weekdays, $145 on weekends.


Brome-Howard Restaurant, Fine dining in the inn of the same name. Entrees from $21.

El Dorado Restaurant, 316 E. Charles St., La Plata; 301-934-3970. Tex-Mex and Spanish food. Lunch entrees from $7.95.


St. Clement's Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Rd., Colton's Point; 301-769-2222, All you need to know about Maryland's beginnings. Open Wed.-Sun. noon to 4 p.m., Oct. 1 through March 24. Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. thereafter. Adults $3.

Historic St. Mary's City, 18751 Hogaboom La., 800-762-1634, Open Wed.-Sun. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Living history exhibits close after Nov. 29 until March 16, but free audio tours of the site are available. Adults $10, seniors $8, students $6, children 6-12 $3.50.

Christ Episcopal Church, 25390 Maddox Rd., Chaptico; 301-884-3451, Take a free self-guided tour.

St. Ignatius Church, 8855 Chapel Point Rd., Chapel Point; 301-934-8245, The oldest Catholic parish in the United States.


-- Z.S.

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