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Where the Potomac & the Chesapeake meet

War of 1812

The Chesapeake Region was a major theater of war during the War of 1812. The British Fleet sailed up the Chesapeake Bay, raiding and invading virtually unchallenged along the Patuxent and Potomac Rivers. Visit St. Mary’s County sites along the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail and Byway. View exhibits and take part in War of 1812 programs.

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Patuxent River Naval Air Museum & Visitor Center

22156 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653

38.27634 -76.46368

(301) 863-1900

The first naval skirmish in Maryland between the British Navy and the Chesapeake Flotilla took place off of Cedar Point on June 1, 1814. Cedar Point…

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

Historic Sotterley

44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood, MD 20636

38.37639 -76.54387

(301) 373-2280

The plantation was a mustering site for local militia aiding the Chesapeake Flotilla. More than 40 slaves escaped to British vessels. Tour Historic Sotterley and see…

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Christ Episcopal Church (King and Queen Parish)

23590 Maddox Road, Chaptico, MD 20621

38.36614 -76.78397

(301) 884-3451

Eleven days after raiding Leonardtown, the British raid Chaptico.  Troops destroyed homes and tobacco warehouses and vandalized the church including the Key Family vault.  Learn more…

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

Leonardtown Wharf Park

22510 Washington Street, Leonardtown, MD 20650

38.2863 -76.6386

(301) 475-9791

To distract attention from his plan to use the Patuxent to seize the capital, British Rear Admiral Cockburn conducted  a series of raids along the Potomac. …

Water Activities | Public Landings & Launches | Parks & Beaches | Recreation | St. Mary's Heritage | War of 1812 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…

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23115 Leonard Hall Dr.
P.O. Box 653
Leonardtown, MD 20650


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