Calendar

Historic St. Mary’s City,
Southern Maryland Calendar of Events

Looking for fun things to do in Southern Maryland?

You’ve come to the right place. Historic St. Mary’s City has something for everyone.  You’ll find a world of fun, family and even romance here.  Let Historic St. Mary’s City be that adventure the family is still talking about years from now!

Sep
21
Thu
Lecture: Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte and the Creation of an Imperial Legacy
Sep 21 @ 7:00 pm

In this lecture based on her book, A Woman of Two Worlds: Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte, Alexandra Deutsch, Director of Collections and Interpretation at the Maryland Historical Society, analyzes Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte’s personal belongings and letters to create a material culture biography of the woman whose seductive beauty and tragic marriage have long been documented. Through careful consideration of her possessions and writings, as well as those of her son and grandsons, this lecture takes Elizabeth’s story far beyond the one typically told. Driven by her desire to create an imperial legacy for her descendants, Elizabeth forged a remarkable life after her ill-fated marriage to Jérôme Bonaparte ended in 1805. She lived the rest of her life as a single woman, dying in 1879 as arguably one of America’s first self-made millionaires.

This heavily illustrated lecture also includes aspects of the Bonaparte story previously overlooked and revealed by the study of objects in the vast Bonaparte family collections. Long ignored textile scraps, for example, tell rich stories of forgiveness gifts from her husband Jérôme Bonaparte. A lone red account book contains a record of her finances, yet turned 180 degrees reads like a journal, providing “some of the most powerful evidence of Elizabeth’s internal struggles” during the French trial over her son’s legitimacy. The lecture pays equal attention to the lives of Elizabeth’s son Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte, “Bo,” and grandsons Jerome Jr. and Charles and explores how the members of these next generations perpetuated and represented their imperial legacy through material possessions. Deutsch’s interpretation expands Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte’s story beyond the “mésalliance” with Napoleon’s younger brother and reveals the complex life of a rebellious young woman whose deep hurt drove her to the courts of Europe and ultimately to establish an imperial legacy that continues today for her descendants

Free and open to the public

Sep
23
Sat
Militia Muster
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The St. Maries Citty Militia musters for drills, mock battles, and fencing.  Visit an encampment, march along, watch a musket fire demonstration, and more.

The St. Maries Citty Militia, our host militia, is a volunteer group of men, women, and children who re-create a colonial Maryland “armed band” at Maryland’s first capital.  This living history encampment features 17th-century reenactors from the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond.  Please enjoy the camp activities:  cooking, gossiping, trade, games, etc.

Enjoy live music all afternoon at RiverFest, located on the State House lawn, where food and beverage vendors are also offering selections for sale.

RiverFest
Sep 23 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sponsored by the St. Mary’s Watershed Association and Historic St. Mary’s City.

Wade-In for Clean Water with Senator Bernie Fowler.  Live music, environmental and children’s activities, kayaking and more!  Don’t miss the St. Maries Citty Militia reenactment battle.

RiverFest information

Special Hours – St. John’s Site Museum
Sep 23 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The St. John’s Site Museum, located on the campus of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, will be open from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Normal operating hours can be found here.

Oct
4
Wed
Little Explorers – Printer
Oct 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Little Explorers – Printer

Designed for pre-school age children 3-5 years old and an accompanying adult. $4 per child ($3 Friends members); one accompanying adult free. Full-day admission included.

Oct
7
Sat
Hide Tanning Workshop
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The workshop takes place at the Woodland Indian Hamlet. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Learn to prepare deer skin Yaocomaco-style.  This is a hands-on event; dress for work!

Ages 14+.

Reservations and pre-payment required

Oct
14
Sat
“Adults Only” Tour of the Town Center: Murder, Magic, and Mayhem
Oct 14 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Immerse yourself in the world of the newly-founded colony, filled with superstition and suspicion. Stories are dramatized using actual court cases as the basis for this tour.

Meet at the Shop at Farthing’s Ordinary.

Ages 18+

$20 per person ($15 Friends members)

Reservations required

“Adults Only” Tour of the Town Center: Murder, Magic, and Mayhem
Oct 14 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Immerse yourself in the world of the newly-founded colony, filled with superstition and suspicion. Stories are dramatized using actual court cases as the basis for this tour.

Meet at The Shop at Farthing’s Ordinary.

Ages 18+

$20 per person ($15 Friends members)

Reservations required

Oct
17
Tue
Fall Homeschool Day: Backyard Science
Oct 17 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Discover how early Marylanders used natural science to thrive in a new environment.

Experience early Maryland through hands-on activities, demonstrations, and crafts.  $5 per child age 5 and older; one accompanying adult free; $10 each additional adult; reduced rates for Friends members of the museum.  Registration recommended, but not required.

Oct
18
Wed
Little Explorers – Hunter
Oct 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Little Explorers – Hunter

Meet at the Visitor Center.

Designed for pre-school age children 3-5 years old and an accompanying adult. $4 per child ($3 Friends members); one accompanying adult free. Full-day admission included.

Oct
19
Thu
Lecture: TBD
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm

Subject TBD

Oct
21
Sat
Haunted Ship
Oct 21 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Don a costume and visit the Maryland Dove, transformed into a not-so-scary haunted ship.  There will be trick-or-treating, face painting, and games.

Oct
22
Sun
Shady Rill in Concert
Oct 22 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Patti Casey and Tom MacKenzie, performing together as Shady Rill, return to Historic St. Mary’s City on October 22.

Patti and Tom’s careers collectively span decades.  With richly diverse musical influences that stretch from the British Isles to Québec to deepest Appalachia, Patti and Tom breathe new depth and a refreshing take on traditional acoustic music.

The duo will present a program of traditional and original harmonies and skilled instrumentation.  The performance will begin at 3:00 p.m. in the Visitor Center Auditorium.  Admission is $15 per person ($12 Friends members) at the door.

Oct
28
Sat
Concert: PING
Oct 28 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Brick Chapel of 1667 (park at the Visitor Center)

Join St. Mary’s College of Maryland Music Department’s vocal ensemble, PING, as they perform a short program of a cappella musical selections, under the direction of Professor Larry Vote.

Nov
1
Wed
Little Explorers – Cook
Nov 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Little Explorers – Cook

Meet at The Shop at Farthing’s Ordinary.

Designed for pre-school age children 3-5 years old and an accompanying adult. $4 per child ($3 Friends members); one accompanying adult free. Full-day admission included.