Leonardtown, MD – The St. Mary’s County Museum Division will celebrate the 13th annual St. Clement’s Island Heritage Day. The event will take place on Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., at the St. Clement’s Island Museum. The public is invited to enjoy free boat rides to St. Clement’s Island State Park to experience a day of history, wildlife and art.
Many of the day’s exhibits and activities will occur on the Island itself. Decoy carver, Tom Deagle, will give carving demonstrations. An exhibit of his work will be open for viewing inside the museum. Historic St. Mary’s City will present the Native American Woodland Indians with a hands-on exhibit. Re-enactor Mike Barbour will portray colonial land owner Dr. Thomas Gerard. Friends of the Newtowne Manor House will be on hand to discuss the restoration of Newtown Manor House across the water. St. Clement’s Hundred volunteers will host tours of the reconstructed Blackistone Lighthouse.
The Members of the St. Mary’s County Master Gardeners Bay Wise program and the Watershed Restoration Program will show visitors how they can help keep the Chesapeake Bay healthy with gardening techniques and watershed activities.
There will also be an area for traditional games, craft making and free watermelon for visitors to enjoy. Local guitarist, Joe Norris, will provide musical entertainment from 12 – 2 p.m.
On the mainland, the National Park Service’s Chesapeake Roving Ranger van will be on the museum grounds to talk about benefits of local wildlife.
Guests can bring a picnic lunch to enjoy as well as a camera, binoculars and plenty of water. Visitors should wear comfortable walking shoes, sun screen, and bug spray.
The St. Clement’s Island Museum is located at 38370 Point Breeze Rd. in Colton’s Point, MD. The museum and grounds are handicap accessible but the water taxi and island are not. The last boat ride to the island will depart from the museum pier at 2 p.m. The last boat back to the mainland from the island will return at 3 p.m. In the event of rain or high winds, boat service will be cancelled and exhibitors will be moved inside the museum. For more information please call the St. Mary’s County Museum Division at 301-769-2222.