"St. Mary's Academy" Leonardtown Off The Beaten Path Tip by grandmaR
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When you look at the old St. Mary's Academy building notice that the decorative brick patterning and Art Deco stone detailing enliven the exterior of its sober facade. The interior is mostly as original. It was one of the first Catholic schools for girls in St. Mary's County and the building stands on the site of Rose Hill, the former estate of Mr. James T. Blakistone. First opened in September of 1885, the Academy served St. Mary's County students continuously until its closure in 1981 when it merged with Ryken, the Catholic boys high school just south of Leonardtown..
The nun's living quarters were in a building to the west of the classroom building. My children took piano classes from one of the nuns, but they were never in the old high school building. There were tree lined drives from the highway to the St. Mary's Academy buildings.
The St. Mary's Academy classroom building is now a branch of the Charles County Community College (which is now called the College of Southern Maryland)
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