South County Itinerary

St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Historic St. Mary’s City are located here.

Find bed & breakfasts, seafood dives, marinas and charter boats, plus popular Point Lookout State Park.

Dig Deep into History

Visitors who inquire, “Where’s the city,” are told to look under their feet! Historic St. Mary’s City sits atop Maryland’s first settlement and first capital. The living history and archaeological site encompasses multiple outdoor and indoor sites linked by trails along the St. Mary’s River. Highlights include the Maryland Dove, the Town Center, and the Godiah Spray Plantation. The St. John’s Site envelopes a fully excavated seventeenth-century building.

Point Lookout State Park at the tip of the St. Mary’s Peninsula claims its own share of history. Point Lookout was the site of a Civil War hospital and a prison camp for Confederate soldiers. View the Civil War monuments just outside of the Park’s entrance. Visit the park’s small Civil War museum (seasonal hours) and walk the woodland trail to reconstructed Fort Lincoln. The park’s driving loop has numerous historic markers which highlight aspects of its Civil War story.

Nearby places to dine include Sunset Cove at Point Lookout Marina, and Courtney’s Seafood Restaurant. Weekends find wine tastings at Woodlawn Farm.

Stay Longer

If you fall in love with the area, extend your visit with a stay at the Inn at Brome-Howard, or Woodlawn Farm.

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