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“Wonderful education on how our colonial ancestors lived”

Historic St. Mary's City
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Historic St. Mary's City is a museum of colorful living history and fascinating archaeology on the site of Maryland's first capital. The living history exhibits are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed May 31, 2013

Fascinating reconstruction on the exact site of the 1634 settlement. Having colonial ancestors, I was intrigued by what their hard life was like. The docents did a great job of educating me. Reminds me of how much we owe the colonists and how much we take for granted.

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

St. Mary's City is a perfect stop for those interested in colonial Maryland history & architecture. They've taken a scholarly approach to presenting both life in colonial times, as well as to the structures of the time. Re-enactors help to interpret the various settings, and they host special programming throughout the year. However, if you're expecting an attraction the size of Williamsburg, be aware that it is much smaller in scope and size.

Adjacent to the historic site, is St. Mary's College of Maryland, which is also located on the picturesque St. Mary's River. There are numerous outdoor concerts & sailing races during the summertime, and dining facilities on campus, that are open to the public.

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

We really enjoyed our tour of St. Mary's City and the superb docent who led it. A beautiful, historic place.

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Reviewed October 21, 2012

The great thing about this site is that when the tours are over for the day the attractions are still open since it's on the college campus. I have been there before when my children were little and went on a field trip. We took an exchange student of ours from Italy and she enjoyed seeing all the grounds and buildings without the tour. We had about an hour of daylight left and managed to see all of the portion nearest the college. It still gives you a sense of how it was back in the day as they have informative and descriptive signs all over.

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Reviewed October 20, 2012

We visited Historic St Mary's City as part of a tour of southern Maryland and were somewhat disappointed. This is not Colonial Williamsburg. This is a few buildings in a field in a remote part of Maryland. The history is fascinating and well presented. We especially enjoyed the visit to the reconstruction of the Dove, one of the original ships landing here. Everything was well done, the docents well informed, and the historical markers interesting. But all in all, we found the site of fairly limited interest. The woman in the gift shop directed us across the road to St Mary's College for lunch, and we had a delightful lunch in the student dining hall.

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