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.

Absolutely Affordable

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.

Getting Here

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.

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Welcome Centers

Receive a warm welcome at our Welcome Center in Charlotte Hall, or our Visitor Center at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum!

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History & Heritage

We’ve been around for almost 400 years so we have a rich and fascinating story to share.

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Stats & Facts

We gathered some basic facts and some cool stats about St. Mary’s County.

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