"First Stop" Saint Clements Island by grandmaR
Saint Clements Island Travel Guide: 5 reviews and 47 photos
When the Ark and the Dove first arrived in the Potomac, they first stopped at this island, which they named in honor of St. Clements, the patron saint of sailors. They didn't land on the mainland right away because they weren't sure if the Indians were friendly or not.
After the Indians proved to be friendly, on March 25, 1634, they erected a large wooden cross and celebrated a Catholic mass led by Father Andrew White.
In more recent times, the island was known as Blackistone Island after the Blackistone family who owned it. There was once a lighthouse on the island During WW II, the Navy used the island as part of the Dahlgren ordinance testing range.
Today there is a museum depicting early Maryland settlement about a half mile away on the mainland.
See Colton's Point
The sign says "Danger Obstruction". Photo 5 has a satellite view of one of the obstructed areas of the island... more travel advice
In 1934, to celebrate Maryland’s 300th birthday, Governor Albert Ritchie, dedicated a 40- foot commemorative cross... more travel advice
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