Historic St. Mary’s City’s living history exhibits are closed for the winter, and will reopen March 14, 2023.

The museum Visitor Center is closed beginning December 1, 2022, and will reopen January 4, 2023.

The Shop at Farthing's Ordinary is open for your holiday shopping needs Tuesday—Saturday from 10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m. through December 17, 2022.

Reports & Studies

Technical Reports on the Research at Historic St. Mary’s City

To obtain access to the reports listed below, contact travis [dot] parno [at] maryland [dot] gov

Archaeological Excavations of the Print House Building,
Slave Quarter Site (18ST1-14)

by Timothy B. Riordan and Silas D. Hurry with contributions by Katherine Cavallo and Sara Rivers Cofield (2015).

This color illustrated publication is 149 pages with 86 figures and 32 tables. It details the archaeology and artifact analyses of this significant site in Maryland’s first capital. Included are discussions of the architecture and an analysis of both the printing type recovered and the wide array of ceramics represented.



Journal of Archaeological Science:
Pollen Analysis of Three Seventeenth-Century Lead Coffins

by Gerald K. Kelso and Henry M. Miller (2016).

Three lead covered wooden coffins containing the remains of a man, a woman, and a child were found during excavations inside the foundation of the 17th-Century Jesuit Chapel at Historic St. Mary’s City, Maryland. The objectives of the lead coffins pollen analysis were to determine the season of burial of the bodies and to recover evidence of plants employed in the interments.



Creative Adaptation: Exhibitions in the Downturn
by Regina Faden, Ph.D., Executive Director of Historic St. Mary’s City

The recent economic downturn has compelled HSMC to develop innovative approaches to create interpretive exhibitions within a tightly constrained budget. The main method of adjusting to limited funds is by mining the museum’s current internal resources of skilled and talented staff members.