Southern Maryland is where Maryland's
history began when 140 brave colonists
established the forth permanent
settlement in British North America.
As time marched on,native woodland
trails gave way to the rolling roads of
tobacco plantations, and square-riggers
gave way to steamboats and skip jacks.
Southern Maryland's unique past is richly
preserved in its numerous historic sites,
dynamic museums, and rural scenic byways
all awaiting your discovery. Southern Maryland is a natural wonderland, with fossil-filled cliffs and sculpted sandy beaches, lighthouses standing watch over limitless waters and an American Heritage River teeming with largemouth and striped bass.
Local sites provided by Southern Maryland Tourism:
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 HouseWe 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.
Savor Solomons - Escape to Solomons at the
confluence of the Patuxent River and the
Chesapeake Bay. Start the day with a visit
to the Calvert Marine Museum, which traces
the rich maritime history and diversity of the
Chesapeake Bay. Climb to the top of the
Drum Point Lighthouse, a screwpile, cottage-type lighthouse beautifully restored. You can tour a piece of history at Cove Point Lighthouse, the oldest continuously working light in Maryland. You can tour a piece of history at Cove Point Lighthouse, the oldest continuously working light in Maryland. To truly appreciate the setting and Solomons, take a leisurely cruise around the island. Stroll along the Riverwalk that borders the Patuxent and wander through the gift shops and galleries. The last stop is a visit to Annmaire Gardens, a newly developed outdoor sculpture and botanical garden.
Tobacco Trail - Encounter the famous and
infamous around and about Port Tobacco,
once Maryland’s second largest seaport
and today, a sleepy town steeped in history.
Start the morning with a visit to Smallwood
State Park and tour General William
Smallwood House Museum at Marbury.
Continue on to the Port Tobacco Historic
District to tour Thomas Stone National Historic Site on Rose Hill Road. Proceed a short distance to Port Tobacco, one of the oldest continuous settlements in the U.S. Visit the reconstructed 1819 Court House and Museum. Stop for a brief visit to St. Igantius Catholic Church, one of the oldest active Jesuit Orders in the US. Then enjoy a crab lunch at Popes Creek and after lunch, proceed to the Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House Museum.