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Historic St. Mary's City

18751 Hogaboom Lane, Saint Mary's City, MD 20686
+1 240-895-4990
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Archeologist's delight

My favorite place at historic St. Marys was the historic St John's House. Apparently, the house... read more

Reviewed 2 January 2018
Peter H
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
Maryland History

Partly archeological and partly recreated site of the first European settlement in Maryland. Guides... read more

Reviewed 20 November 2017
cjhumphrey61
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McAllen, Texas
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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.
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  • Very good37%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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18751 Hogaboom Lane, Saint Mary's City, MD 20686
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Reviewed 2 January 2018

My favorite place at historic St. Marys was the historic St John's House. Apparently, the house acted as a courthouse for colonial Maryland throughout the 1600's. The cases heard, many times, involved separation of church and state. The historic Capitol of Maryland flourished because of...More

Thank Peter H
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Regina F, General Manager at Historic St. Mary's City, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2018

Thank you for your review. Archaeologists have been doing incredible work here at Historic St. Mary's City since the early 1970s. The exhibits, like St. John's, are all based on the highest standards of historical archaeological research. And we still have so much to learn!...More

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Reviewed 20 November 2017 via mobile

Partly archeological and partly recreated site of the first European settlement in Maryland. Guides in period dress talk about 17th century life. Beautiful setting and great for children and adults.

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Reviewed 16 November 2017

I first learned about this place back in the 90's when a friend of mine and his wife moved to work here. I always wanted to see the historic place for myself. Wifee and I arrived on a cool overcast day which was perfect for...More

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Reviewed 10 November 2017

So many interesting historical things to see in addition to the College here. Check the website for activities of the museum, Ark and the Dove, etc. Trinity church has a great history and there are archeological sites all around to visit.More

Thank Penny B
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Regina F, General Manager at Historic St. Mary's City, responded to this reviewResponded 12 November 2017

Thank you for letting us know you visited St. Mary's City. Historic St. Mary's City museum, Trinity Episcopal Church, and St. Mary's College of Maryland share the National Historic Landmark of Historic St. Mary's City - and we have a lot if history to share!...More

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Reviewed 5 October 2017

Arrived mid day to ensure enough time to walk and see everything. There are two entrances, park and walk through the grounds at your own leisure. Exhibits are clearly marked and descriptive signage for them are in place. Fascinating trip to learn about my ancestors....More

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Regina F, General Manager at Historic St. Mary's City, responded to this reviewResponded 6 October 2017

Thank you for visiting Historic St. Mary's City and letting us know that you enjoyed the experience. Our beautiful grounds are free and open to visitors before the museum opens and after we close. It sounds like you might have been here when the living...More

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Reviewed 24 September 2017

We visited during Riverfest (It was FREE!) and thoroughly enjoyed the live encampment, trying on armor, visiting a teak sailboat and the Dove, learning to tie nautical knots, holding a turtle and painting pumpkins. The interpreters/actors were engaging and entertaining.

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Regina F, General Manager at Historic St. Mary's City, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Thank you for sharing your experience at Historic St. Mary's City. Riverfest is one of the many family friendly events that we host on site, and we are so pleased you had a good time!

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Reviewed 13 September 2017

A long time ago, colonists from England established the capital of the nascent Maryland colony along the banks of Saint Mary's river near the mouth of Potomac and the Chesapeake Bay. With time, the capital moved to Annapolis, the settlement fell into disrepair, and eventually...More

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Reviewed 23 July 2017

Saint Mary’s City is without a doubt one of the most historic places in this whole country, but there are a few dogs in that well of which the prospective visitor should be aware. Ben is not a negative sort of character by any means,...More

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Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

UnGodly hot (heat index over 100 degrees) decreased our enjoyment somewhat; and because this was a real city (rather than a reconstruction), and not everything has been restored, walking between sites is long distances and really difficult for someone with any kind of mobility impairment....More

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Regina F, General Manager at Historic St. Mary's City, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2017

Thank you for your feedback about your visit. It can be very hot and humid during the summer, making a walking visit challenging. Recently, we were able to acquire two electric golf carts that can carry up to seven visitors and our driver. Please call...More

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Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

Overall, we were not impressed. Sure, the history is significant and being to see the city as it may have been was interesting, but it wasn't engaging. This was very much an "it is what you make it" destination. Maybe there are other times when...More

Thank Rob C
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Regina F, General Manager at Historic St. Mary's City, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2017

Thank you for letting us know about your experience. I am not sure when you were at the museum, but we have shifted to our summer hours and are operating Wednesday-Sunday until September. Typically visitors have high praise for our costumed interpreters and the great...More

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