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Just in time for the holidays, a book detailing the history of America’s Oldest Continuously Operating Sheriff’s Office, “America’s First” is available for purchase.  The book can be purchased in hardback or in softbound style.  Along with this keepsake book, is also a paperback book, “St. Mary’s County Sheriffs” Commissioners book which is also available.

“America’s First”, begins when the colonists landed in March 1634; and not until 1637/8 was a sheriff appointed.  The book delves into the next 378 years, and explores the history of how a sheriff was selected, weapons and punishments administered during those times, and how the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office has evolved into the entity it is today and the pride the agency has in being “America’s First”.  For law enforcement enthusiasts, history lovers, current and former residents of St. Mary’s County, this book will carry you through the years and show just how this small office evolved into the progressive and modern agency it is today.

The books are available for purchase during regular business hours at the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office.  The hardback copy of “America’s First” is $95; or for $100 you may purchase the paperback Commissioners book as well.  The softbound copy of “America’s First” is $35; or for $40 you receive the Commissioners book as well. The Commissioners book is available for purchase without the other books for $15.  Books may also be purchased at the following locations:

  • St. Mary’s County Land Use and Growth Management

41770 Baldridge St.

Leonardtown, MD 20652

  • Cecil’s Old Mill

20853 Indian Bridge Rd.

California, MD 20619

  • Piney Point Light House

44701 Lighthouse Rd.

Piney Pt. MD 20674

  • St. Mary’s County Historical Society

41680 Tudor Place

Leonardtown, MD 20650

  • Zimmerman’s Produce

28025 Pt. Lookout Rd.

Leonardtown, MD 20650

  • Keepin it Local

25760 Colton Point Rd.

Morganza, MD 20660

  • Fenwick Street Used Books & Music (Joe’s Fenwick Books)

41655 Fenwick Street

Leonardtown, MD 20650