"Maryland's First Capital" St. Marys City by Tom_Fields

St. Marys City Travel Guide: 25 reviews and 84 photos

Maryland's Williamsburg

St Mary's City was founded shortly after the first European landing at St Clement's Island in 1634. It became the capital of the new colony. Maryland was founded for English Catholics, to escape persecution at home.

For a few decades, it thrived, and attracted immigrants from all over Europe. This was the first colony to practice genuine religious freedom (that is, for all Christians). But in the 1690s, the capital moved to the new town of Annapolis.

Soon, St. Mary's City ended up abandoned. In time, it was plowed under and nearly forgotten.

But, like the more famous Williamsburg, it was rediscovered. Archeologists have been hard at work reconstructing the town. It's become a major tourist attraction, a must-see for history buffs.

There's a restored State House, Maryland's first print shop, a rebuilt chapel for Catholics, a replica Indian village, an archeological dig at the old Calvert house, and much more.

Be sure to visit the replica of the Maryland Dove. This ship, along with a larger one, brought the first settlers from England in 1634.

  • Last visit to St. Marys City: Jun 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • grandmaR's Profile Photo
    Nov 3, 2009 at 6:39 PM

    The Godiah Spray Tobacco Plantation was very interesting. I will have to take some of my grandchildren

  • DEBBBEDB's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2009 at 8:25 AM

    your link is broken. Also, Pt Lookout isn't really in St. Mary's City. It fits better in Pt Lookout State Park


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