Visit St. Mary's County Maryland

Where the Potomac & the Chesapeake meet

Seventh District

Maryland was founded here almost four centuries ago.

Seventh District

Maryland was founded here almost four centuries ago.

Seventh District

Maryland was founded here almost four centuries ago.

Seventh District

Maryland was founded here almost four centuries ago.

Seventh District

Chaptico, Bushwood, Avenue, Abell, Coltons Point, St.Clement’s Island, Maddox, Oakley, Dynard

Scenic & Rural | Rolling hills give way to low-lying terrain. War of 1812 sites, country stores, and the island where Maryland was founded are located here.

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In a Nutshell

St. Clement’s Island is where colonists landed in 1634 proclaiming the land as “Terra Mariae”, or “Maryland”. The St. Clement’s Island Museum tells this story. The island is now a state park accessible by boat or seasonal water taxi.  Tour Blackistone Lighthouse and view the cross commemorating the first landing. Several agri-tourism sites, tiny Morris Point Restaurant, plus scenic back roads make a visit to the area a worthwhile adventure. Chaptico’s Christ Church was vandalized during the War of 1812 but today stands postcard perfect. This area of the county has several classic country stores.

Trip Tip

The deli counter at the Chaptico Market does a great lunchtime business - order a St. Mary’s County stuffed ham sandwich. If you prefer crab cakes, try Quade’s Store down the road in Bushwood.

St. Mary's County Division of Tourism
23115 Leonard Hall Dr.
P.O. Box 653
Leonardtown, MD 20650

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