Museums and Historic Site Listings

It’s all about the land and the water! From colonial times up through modern times, through wars—be it the Civil War or the Oyster Wars, our stories will engage, entertain, and perhaps, inspire.

 

Drayden African-American Schoolhouse

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Drayden African-American Schoolhouse

One of the best preserved African-American schoolhouses in the country, The one-room schoolhouse still occupies its original site and has not been significantly altered. Built circa 1890, it was in use until 1944. The structure marks the era of segregated schools in St. Mary's County.… more

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Drayden African-American Schoolhouse

18287 Cherryfield Road
Drayden, MD 20630 View map

(301) 994-1471main

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Historic St. Mary’s City

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Historic St. Mary’s City

Historic St. Mary's City (HSMC) is a museum on the site of Maryland’s first capital. Decades of research are the foundation of living history exhibits assembled across the landscape. • At water’s edge, take in a pristine view that Lord Baltimore would have recognized. Step… more

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Historic St. Mary’s City

Visitor Center
18751 Hogaboom Lane
St. Mary’s City, MD 20686 View map

(240) 895-4990main

(800) 762-1634alternate

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Old Jail Museum

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Old Jail Museum

Built in 1858 and in use until 1942, the granite block and brick structure retains its original upstairs cells where prisoners were once segregated by gender and race. The jail keeper’s quarters downstairs house artifacts that relate county history. A cannon from The Ark, one… more

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Old Jail Museum

11 Courthouse Drive
Leonardtown, MD 20650 View map

(301) 475-2467main

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Patuxent River Naval Air Museum & Visitor Center

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Patuxent River Naval Air Museum & Visitor Center

The Navy’s aircraft and flight systems have been tested and evaluated at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station since WWII. The Museum is the only naval museum dedicated to aviation research, development, testing, and evaluation. Interior exhibits include a propulsion display, unmanned aerial vehicles (including… more

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Patuxent River Naval Air Museum & Visitor Center

22156 Three Notch Road
Lexington Park, MD 20653 View map

(301) 863-1900main

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Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum and Historic Park

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Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum and Historic Park

Climb one of the oldest lighthouses on the Potomac River, constructed in 1836. The site was once visited by Washington dignitaries including several U.S. presidents. The six-acre park includes a picnic area, kayak launch, a boardwalk, pier and sandy beach (no fishing or swimming). The… more

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Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum and Historic Park

44720 Lighthouse Road
Piney Point, MD 20674 View map

(301) 994-1471main

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Sotterley Plantation

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Sotterley Plantation

Sotterley Plantation, a National Historic Landmark, has a history dating back to the turn of the 18th century and is one of the oldest museums of its kind in the United States. Many have called Sotterley home over its 300 year history. Some came to… more

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Sotterley Plantation

44300 Sotterley Lane
Hollywood, MD 20636 View map

(301) 373-2280main

(800) 681-0850alternate

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St. Clement’s Island Museum

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St. Clement’s Island Museum

This nationally-accredited museum shares the story of Maryland's founding and traces the route of the first brave English colonists who sailed across the dangerous Atlantic Ocean in two small wooden ships, landing on St. Clement's Island in March of 1634. A 13-minute orientation film brings… more

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St. Clement’s Island Museum

38370 Point Breeze Road
Coltons Point, MD 20626 View map

(301) 769-2222main

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Summerseat Farm

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Summerseat Farm

With a history dating back to the late 17th century, Summerseat is a 120-acre working farm with a Queen-Anne style house, outbuildings including meat and dairy houses, barns and gardens. Summerseat breeds the only publicly accessible herd of American Buffalo in the region. The farm… more

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Summerseat Farm

26655 Three Notch Road
Mechanicsville, MD 20659 View map

(301) 373-6607main

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Tudor Hall

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Tudor Hall

Originally built in 1744 and enlarged in the 1760s, this Georgian-style house was the home of Phillip Key, uncle of Francis Scott Key, author of the Star Spangled Banner. Unusual features of the house are the inset portico, the main hall’s hanging staircase, and a… more

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Tudor Hall

41680 Tudor Place
Leonardtown, MD 20650 View map

(301) 475-2467main

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