St. Mary’s County, Maryland is located on the water of the Chesapeake Bay, a beautiful community filled to the brim with small-town charm, history, and plenty of things to do.
Considered the birthplace of Maryland, St. Mary’s County has a long, rich history that can be felt throughout the area. Passengers from England first settled at St. Clement’s Island in 1634, which is now part of southwestern St. Mary’s County. Using this island as a temporary base, the settlers scouted for a more permanent location, finally settling in the area we know as St. Mary’s today.
This city was Maryland’s first capital, remaining so for over 50 years until 1695, when it moved to Annapolis. St. Mary’s became a prosperous area, focusing on growing tobacco and acting as hub of trade due to its peninsula location. After the Civil War, the area saw a significant economic decline, though this eventually changed with the area becoming prosperous once again.
Now, this area has become known for its proximity to the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, where the nation’s first astronauts were trained. The station provides the most employment opportunities in the country, helping the area become flourishing community it is today.
St. Mary’s County is filled with plenty of exciting and educational activities to enjoy. Here’s a look at a couple options to keep both you and your family entertained when you visit this great area.
Step back in time and experience life as it was in 17th-century Maryland at Historic St. Mary’s City. You can play colonial games, board a ship, see a working plantation household, and discover more about the past of this beautiful area.
St. Mary’s County is lucky to be surrounded by water, so why not take advantage? Explore over 500 miles of creeks, tidal inlets, and open water in a kayak to truly understand the natural beauty this area holds. You can launch from one of the many public launch sites or test out one of the area’s established trails with a guide. No matter what you do, you are sure to enjoy your time out on the water.
While you’re in St. Mary’s County, make sure to stop in to Tom Hodges Mitsubishi. We have the whole Mitsubishi lineup and a wide collection of used vehicles to explore.