|St. Mary's County
Planters and Plantations - In 1635, early settlers established St. Mary’s City along the banks of the beautiful St. Mary’s River. By the late 17th century, the colony had grown and outlying plantations thrived along the creeks and rivers which formed the economic lifelines to the Chesapeake Bay and the greater world beyond. Start the day with a visit to Historic St. Mary’s City, Maryland’s premier outdoor living history museum. While there, board the Maryland Dove, a manned working replica of the ship that carried colonists from England. Experience the life and daily concerns of an early colonial family at the Godiah Spray Tobacco Plantation. Tour the reconstructed State House and Ordinary Museum Shop. Stop in Leonardtown for lunch at one of the quaint town's restaurants, then travel up the road and into the 18th century at Sotterley Plantation. Enjoy the breathtaking panorama of the Patuxent River and tour the Manor House. We are a smaller, tight knit, community that offers many events to the public sponsored by local businesses. There are also a variety of groups and clubs offered for children from Boys and Girls Club, Girl Scouts, various sports, and Parks and Recreation. You can get away from it all at any of Southern Maryland’s State Parks. Hike along a river trail at Greenwell, Freshwater fishing and paddle boats at Gilbert Run, Bass fishing and boating at Smallwood, Water sports at Benedict, relaxing picnic area and public beaches throughout. You could choose to head to Waldorf for some well deserved shopping time. After shopping, enjoy a meal at any of the fine restaurant in and around Waldorf. For extended family outings you could choose to drive to one the many easily accessible cities to visit Smithsonian Museums, The National Zoo, The Maryland Zoo, Baltimore Aquarium, Six Flags America, King’s Dominion Theme Park, Great Wolf Lodge Indoor Water Park, The Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, FedEx Field, Camden Yards, Richmond International Raceway, M & T Stadium, MCI Center, and much more.