Visit St. Mary's County Maryland

Where the Potomac & the Chesapeake meet

Historic Churches & Religious Sites

Maryland’s first colony is where the concepts of religious toleration and separation of Church and State were introduced to the New World. Our religious heritage sites and colonial churches speak to this time of experimentation. Follow the Religious Freedom National Scenic Byway which runs through St. Mary’s and Charles Counties. Our later churches also have compelling stories to tell.

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…

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All Faith Episcopal Church

38885 New Market Turner Road, Mechanicsville, MD 20659

38.43461 -76.68309

(301) 884-3773

The church was built between 1766 and 1769, and is significant as one of the best examples of preserved Georgian ecclesiastical design. The original building was…

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All Saints Episcopal Church

21627 Oakley Road, Avenue, MD 20609

38.26589 -76.75472

(240) 538-5338

The present church was built in 1846, but the parish of All Saint's was established in 1642 when Dr. Thomas Gerard, a Roman Catholic, built a…

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Christ Episcopal Church (King and Queen Parish)

23590 Maddox Road, Chaptico, MD 20621

38.36614 -76.78397

(301) 884-3451

Built of red brick with Flemish bond and glazed headers, significant interior features include a semi-circular chancel, arched ceiling, crowned columns, and boxed pews. During the…

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Dent Chapel

59666 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622

38.49769 -76.77682

(301) 884-8171

This chapel was erected in 1883 on the grounds of the Charlotte Hall Military Academy in memory of Reverend Hatch Dent, the academy's first principal. Built…

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Leonardtown Church of the Nazarene

22730 Washington Street, Leonardtown, MD 20650

38.29167 -76.63554

(607) 742-2369

This Gothic-style concrete block building, circa 1915, features six different types of concrete blocks molded on site. Pressed tin was used on the interior walls and…

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St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

44078 St. Andrews Church Road, California, MD 20619

38.28803 -76.55157

(301) 862-2247

Built in 1767, the church was designed by William Boulton who crafted the woodwork at nearby Sotterley Plantation. It is an outstanding example of colonial architecture.…

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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…

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St. Clement’s Island State Park

38370 Point Breeze Road, Coltons Point, MD 20626

38.21056 -76.74585

(301) 872-5688

Visit the site of Maryland's birthplace. In 1634, 140 English settlers landed here to establish America's fourth British colony. The Potomac River island features a cross…

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St. Francis Xavier Church

21370 Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650

38.2557 -76.69999

(301) 475-9885

Built in 1766, St. Francis Xavier Church replaced the original Newtown Chapel (1662). Unusual features include the barrel vault ceiling and two octagonal-shaped brick ends. Also…

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St. George’s Episcopal Church

19167 Poplar Hill Lane, Valley Lee, MD 20692

38.19092 -76.52359

(301) 994-0585

The first wooden church was built here between 1638 and 1642. The current church built in 1799, is home to the oldest Episcopal Parish in Maryland…

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St. Ignatius Church

17682 Villa Road, St. Inigoes, MD 20684

38.15229 -76.41703

(301) 862-4600

The first chapel of St. Ignatius was built in 1641 in St. Mary's City. In 1704, the colony's early policies of religious toleration were abolished and…

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St. Peter Claver Church & McKenna Hall Museum

16922 St. Peter Claver Church Road, St. Inigoes, MD 20684

38.15069 -76.39317

(301) 872-5460

When the original 1918 church burned in 1934, Philip Frohman, architect of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., designed the new church which was completed in…

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Trinity Episcopal Church

16855 Point Lookout Road, St. Mary’s City, MD 20686

38.18806 -76.43265

(301) 862-4597

Originally established in 1638, the first Trinity Church was a wooden structure located on Smith Creek. In 1642, it was moved to St. Mary's City and…

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