News Release, Historic St. Mary’s City

On July 20th and 21st, the archaeologists at Historic St. Mary’s City will be celebrating the 32nd annual Tidewater Archaeology Weekend. Tour excavations at the home of Maryland’s first governor, Leonard Calvert, and discover what the soil reveals about Maryland’s beginnings then help screen excavated material and see what bits of the past you recover. Meet Director of Research and Collections, Travis Parno, as he and the archaeology students help you interpret the stories of the past that each piece tells.

An exhibit of artifacts recovered from the site will be on display. Tours of the Calvert site will take place at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.

On both days, experience the new archaeology laboratory in Anne Arundel Hall with the Curator of Collections and Archaeological Laboratory Director, Silas Hurry at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., or 4:00 p.m. Discover what happens to artifacts after they are unearthed. Meet Conservator Stephanie Whitehead and see the unique care the new lab facility provides for the remnants of Maryland’s past. 

Tidewater Archaeology Weekend offers the opportunity for guests to tour excavations at the home of Maryland’s first governor, Leonard Calvert, and discover what the soil reveals about Maryland’s beginnings. For more information on Historic St. Mary’s City and its’ history, visit

Maryland Heritage Scholar Henry Miller, at 11:00 a.m., will give a special tour of the Brick Chapel, including the opportunity to see the lead coffins in their permanent home beneath the floor of the chapel and learn about the most recent discoveries regarding the chapel and lead coffins.  In the afternoon at 3:00 p.m., take a break in the air-conditioned St. John’s Site Museum, where Dr. Miller will guide you through this unique exhibit of Maryland’s earliest excavated plantation.

Space is limited for all of these tours, so be sure to sign up at the Visitor Center (18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary’s City) when you arrive. Also, throughout the day, special children’s activities will be planned.

The excavations will be open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission ($10 adult; $9 seniors; $6 youth (6-18); and free for those 5 years and younger and Friends members) includes access to special activities, living history sites, and the St. John’s Site Museum.

Guests attending Tidewater Archaeology Weekend will have an opportunity to sift for artifacts alongside the Historic St. Mary’s City Field School in Historical Archaeology, one of the oldest ongoing programs of its type in North America. To learn more about the field school, visit

Historic St. Mary’s City is a museum of living history and archaeology on the site of Maryland’s first capital in beautiful, tidewater Southern Maryland.  For more information about this program or the museum, contact the Visitor Center at 240-895-4990, 800-SMC-1634, or

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