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Gail’s Guide to Lexington Park, MD & Saint Mary's County

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Gail’s Guide to Lexington Park, MD & Saint Mary's County

Historic Attractions
Saint Mary's County Historic Attractions
Hands-on experience of the planes that safeguarded our nation in the past, and test your skills in the cockpit of an actual jet-fighter simulator
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Patuxent River Naval Air Museum
22156 Three Notch Rd
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Hands-on experience of the planes that safeguarded our nation in the past, and test your skills in the cockpit of an actual jet-fighter simulator
The Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons explains and interprets the physical history of Southern Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay with hands-on, interactive experience and popular river otter exhibit. The museum’s annual Sharkfest takes place on the second Saturday in July, and riverboat cruises depart daily from the museum’s own dock.
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Calvert Marine Museum
14200 Solomons Island Road South
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The Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons explains and interprets the physical history of Southern Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay with hands-on, interactive experience and popular river otter exhibit. The museum’s annual Sharkfest takes place on the second Saturday in July, and riverboat cruises depart daily from the museum’s own dock.
This is the sole surviving fully-interpreted Tidewater plantation in Maryland. Sotterley Plantation overlooks the Patuxent River. The Manor House is filled with history. Take a surreal journey through the 1703 mansion, authentic 1800s slave cabin, Colonial revival gardens, nature trails and numerous historic buildings.
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Historic Sotterley Plantation
44300 Sotterley Lane
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This is the sole surviving fully-interpreted Tidewater plantation in Maryland. Sotterley Plantation overlooks the Patuxent River. The Manor House is filled with history. Take a surreal journey through the 1703 mansion, authentic 1800s slave cabin, Colonial revival gardens, nature trails and numerous historic buildings.
Trace the Escape Route of John Wilkes Booth A significant stop along the trail of fugitive assassin John Wilkes Booth, the Dr. Samuel Mudd House & Museum in Waldorf is dedicated to the time and events surrounding President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.
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Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House Museum
3725 Doctor Samuel Mudd Road
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Trace the Escape Route of John Wilkes Booth A significant stop along the trail of fugitive assassin John Wilkes Booth, the Dr. Samuel Mudd House & Museum in Waldorf is dedicated to the time and events surrounding President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.
Surratt House Museum in Clinton was once the home of Booth’s notorious accomplice, Mary Surratt.
Surratt House Museum
9118 Brandywine Rd
Surratt House Museum in Clinton was once the home of Booth’s notorious accomplice, Mary Surratt.
Come spend a day where the Potomac meets the Bay. Home to one of the Union’s most infamous prisoner-of-war camps, Point Lookout has been called the most haunted place in America. The park is also home to the beautiful Point Lookout Lighthouse and great fishing!
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Парк штата Пойнт Лукаут
11175 Point Lookout Road
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Come spend a day where the Potomac meets the Bay. Home to one of the Union’s most infamous prisoner-of-war camps, Point Lookout has been called the most haunted place in America. The park is also home to the beautiful Point Lookout Lighthouse and great fishing!
Secluded shores and stunning sunsets over the Patuxent River call from Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum. Public archeological digs at this 17th-century tobacco farm as well as a Native American village museum with reconstructed dwellings blend a mix of history that stretches from the indigenous people all the way to colonial, early American and 20th-century life.
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Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
10515 Mackall Road
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Secluded shores and stunning sunsets over the Patuxent River call from Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum. Public archeological digs at this 17th-century tobacco farm as well as a Native American village museum with reconstructed dwellings blend a mix of history that stretches from the indigenous people all the way to colonial, early American and 20th-century life.
The United States Colored Troops Memorial Statue is a memorial to the more than 700 African-American soldiers and sailors from St. Mary's County, Maryland who served in the Union forces during the American Civil War. It is located in the city of Lexington Park, Maryland. The memorial was completed and dedicated in 2012. The memorial includes an educational kiosk with a written history and also features two African-American men, William H. Barnes and James H. Harris, from St. Mary's County who received the Medal of Honor. A photograph of William H. Barnes is included.
John G. Lancaster Park
21550 Willows Rd
The United States Colored Troops Memorial Statue is a memorial to the more than 700 African-American soldiers and sailors from St. Mary's County, Maryland who served in the Union forces during the American Civil War. It is located in the city of Lexington Park, Maryland. The memorial was completed and dedicated in 2012. The memorial includes an educational kiosk with a written history and also features two African-American men, William H. Barnes and James H. Harris, from St. Mary's County who received the Medal of Honor. A photograph of William H. Barnes is included.
Water Attractions
Attractions on or near water.
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Leonardtown Wharf Park
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Attractions on or near water.
Neighborhoods
Leonardtown, Southern Maryland’s premier Arts & Entertainment District, is home to the St. Mary’s Arts Council, dozens of galleries and studios, distinct artsy and craftsy retail shopping and dining. By the banks of the Potomac River, Newtowne Neck State Park presents a paddleboarder’s paradise on Breton Bay and ample opportunities for hiking, biking, bird-watching and hunting. Leonardtown’s Wharf Park provides the perfect vista for taking in the region’s signature sunsets on the Bay. Photo provided by JaneDel57 (Jun 2017)
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Leonardtown
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Leonardtown, Southern Maryland’s premier Arts & Entertainment District, is home to the St. Mary’s Arts Council, dozens of galleries and studios, distinct artsy and craftsy retail shopping and dining. By the banks of the Potomac River, Newtowne Neck State Park presents a paddleboarder’s paradise on Breton Bay and ample opportunities for hiking, biking, bird-watching and hunting. Leonardtown’s Wharf Park provides the perfect vista for taking in the region’s signature sunsets on the Bay. Photo provided by JaneDel57 (Jun 2017)
Where the mouth of the Patuxent River meets the Chesapeake Bay, Solomons Island has evolved from early 17th century settlements into one of the state’s top tourism destinations—the town’s maritime history has been woven into the fabric of its allure. Climb the lighthouse tower at the Calvert Marine Museum, take a cruise on the harbor or charter a fishing boat. The craft beer craze has also found its way to the Island at the Ruddy Duck microbrewery located in the neighboring Dowell Township.
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Solomons
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Where the mouth of the Patuxent River meets the Chesapeake Bay, Solomons Island has evolved from early 17th century settlements into one of the state’s top tourism destinations—the town’s maritime history has been woven into the fabric of its allure. Climb the lighthouse tower at the Calvert Marine Museum, take a cruise on the harbor or charter a fishing boat. The craft beer craze has also found its way to the Island at the Ruddy Duck microbrewery located in the neighboring Dowell Township.
Food scene
Are you a foodie? Then you should definitely check out these spots.
Great food enjoyed on the water. If you love seafood as I do, you want to visit here at least once. Get ready to enjoy steamed crabs, oysters, clams, sandwiches, and dinners. Waterfront and outside dining. Carry-out is available. On the Maryland Crab and Oyster Trail.
Sandgates Inn
27525 North Sandgates Road
Great food enjoyed on the water. If you love seafood as I do, you want to visit here at least once. Get ready to enjoy steamed crabs, oysters, clams, sandwiches, and dinners. Waterfront and outside dining. Carry-out is available. On the Maryland Crab and Oyster Trail.
Another great food spot on the Maryland Crab and Oyster Trail. This is also where you can grab a cruise on the Wm B. Tennison located at 14150 Solomons Island Rd, Solomons, MD 20688. You will be able to cruise aboard the 1899 log-built bugeye "Wm. B. Tennison," the oldest Coast Guard-licensed, log-hulled vessel in the United States.
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The Lighthouse Restaurant and Dockbar
14636 Solomons Island Road South
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Another great food spot on the Maryland Crab and Oyster Trail. This is also where you can grab a cruise on the Wm B. Tennison located at 14150 Solomons Island Rd, Solomons, MD 20688. You will be able to cruise aboard the 1899 log-built bugeye "Wm. B. Tennison," the oldest Coast Guard-licensed, log-hulled vessel in the United States.
State Attraction
Here you will be able to learn about the ecology and natural resources of the Chesapeake Bay and the important contributions made by CBL scientists to our environmental heritage. If you enjoy history, then you will enjoy this.
Chesapeake Biological Laboratory
146 Williams St
Here you will be able to learn about the ecology and natural resources of the Chesapeake Bay and the important contributions made by CBL scientists to our environmental heritage. If you enjoy history, then you will enjoy this.
Thrill at the sights and sounds of the world’s fastest sport at the Maryland International Raceway. You’ll want to bring your earplugs for the various motorsports drag racing events held on the tracks of Mechanicsville from March to November.
Maryland International Raceway
Thrill at the sights and sounds of the world’s fastest sport at the Maryland International Raceway. You’ll want to bring your earplugs for the various motorsports drag racing events held on the tracks of Mechanicsville from March to November.
Patuxent Wine Trail
Travel this trail to tour the vineyards of Southern Maryland. The wineries along the Patuxent Trail offer beautiful water vistas and—thanks to a climate and soil composition often compared to the Tuscany region—truly spectacular wines. https://www.visitmaryland.org/driving-tours/patuxent-wine-trail
Patuxent Branch Trail
Travel this trail to tour the vineyards of Southern Maryland. The wineries along the Patuxent Trail offer beautiful water vistas and—thanks to a climate and soil composition often compared to the Tuscany region—truly spectacular wines. https://www.visitmaryland.org/driving-tours/patuxent-wine-trail