About St. Mary’s
Welcome to St. Mary’s! This Chesapeake Bay destination is brimming with history, outdoor fun, vibrant culture — and passionate people eager to share it all with you. Just a short drive from Washington, D.C., discover the mid-Atlantic’s best kept travel secret.
Eventful History & Scenic Pleasures
This fertile location destined the area for an eventful history. This is Maryland’s birthplace. The story of Maryland’s early beginnings unfolds at the area’s colonial sites while its maritime heritage comes to life at its four lighthouses and its waterside communities. The rural landscape holds its own pleasures of afternoon drives, scenic cycling, and farm and winery rambles.
You’ll find hundreds of great places to visit and as many warm and engaging people to meet when you do. And, because St. Mary’s is so close, it’s also affordable. St. Mary’s makes a great day trip or weekend getaway without breaking the bank.
Less than an hour south of Washington, D.C., and with easy connections from Interstate 95, St. Mary’s County is centrally located within the Mid-Atlantic Corridor and easy to get to.
Receive a warm welcome at our Welcome Center in Charlotte Hall, or our Visitor Center at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum!
History & Heritage
We’ve been around for almost 400 years so we have a rich and fascinating story to share.