Play it Back and Forward

Travel back to the past, get a glimpse of the future at our museums and historic sites.

Play it Back and Forward

Travel back to the past, get a glimpse of the future at our museums and historic sites.

Play it Back and Forward

Travel back to the past, get a glimpse of the future at our museums and historic sites.

Play it Back and Forward

Travel back to the past, get a glimpse of the future at our museums and historic sites.

Museums & Historic Sites

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.

Historic St. Mary’s City

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

38.18070 -76.42963

(240) 895-4990

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…

Museums & Historic Sites | St. Mary's Heritage | African-American Heritage Sites | Historic Churches & Religious Sites | Ecotourism | Birding

Visitor Favorite

Patuxent River Naval Air Museum & Visitor Center

22156 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653

38.27634 -76.46368

(301) 863-1900

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…

Museums & Historic Sites | St. Mary's Heritage | War of 1812 Sites

Visitor Favorite

Point Lookout State Park, Civil War Museum & Lighthouse

11175 Point Lookout Road, Scotland, MD 20687

38.06745 -76.33775

(301) 872-5688

Located at the tip of St. Mary's County, Point Lookout combines a rich history with recreation options. This is one of the state's most popular parks.…

Museums & Historic Sites | Water Activities | Public Landings & Launches | Parks & Beaches | Fishing & Hunting | Hunting Areas | Recreation | St. Mary's Heritage | African-American Heritage Sites | Civil War Sites | Lighthouses | Ecotourism | Birding

Sotterley Plantation

44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood, MD 20636

38.37639 -76.54387

(301) 373-2280

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…

Museums & Historic Sites | St. Mary's Heritage | African-American Heritage Sites | Civil War Sites | War of 1812 Sites | Ecotourism | Birding

Drayden African-American Schoolhouse

18287 Cherryfield Road, Drayden, MD 20630

38.16213 -76.48225

(301) 994-1471

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…

Museums & Historic Sites | St. Mary's Heritage | African-American Heritage Sites

Old Jail Museum

11 Courthouse Drive, Leonardtown, MD 20650

38.28938 -76.63507

(301) 475-2467

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…

Museums & Historic Sites | St. Mary's Heritage | African-American Heritage Sites

Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum & Historic Park

44720 Lighthouse Road, Piney Point, MD 20674

38.13658 -76.52885

(301) 994-1471

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…

Museums & Historic Sites | Water Activities | St. Mary's Heritage | Lighthouses | Ecotourism | Birding

St. Clement’s Island Museum

38370 Point Breeze Road, Coltons Point, MD 20626

38.22495 -76.75049

(301) 769-2222

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…

Museums & Historic Sites | St. Mary's Heritage | African-American Heritage Sites | Lighthouses | Historic Churches & Religious Sites

Summerseat Farm

26655 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville, MD 20659

38.39595 -76.66372

(301) 373-6607

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…

Museums & Historic Sites

Tudor Hall

41680 Tudor Place, Leonardtown, MD 20650

38.288 -76.63434

(301) 475-2467

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…

Museums & Historic Sites | St. Mary's Heritage | War of 1812 Sites