News Release, Historic St. Mary’s City

On October 19, 2019, from 5—8 p.m., Historic St. Mary’s City will host its popular free trick-or-treating event, Lost City. Spreading out over the museum grounds, the event will be spooktacular!  Families are invited to meet “lost “sailors, go trick-or-treating, play games, or enjoy stories. Maryland Dove will be open and dressed for the occasion as the haunted ship!

Created in 2014 as a way for families in the more rural areas of Southern Maryland to experience an affordable and safe trick-or-treating opportunity, the event has grown from seeing three hundred visitors in its first year to now over 900 during the three hour period.

Each year, families have walked the grounds after-hours to see the museum decorated with both period-appropriate fall décor as well as more present-day “pirate” items. Since its inception, the museum has also expanded the area that Lost City covers.

Originally only using Maryland Dove as the backdrop, HSMC quickly expanded further. The evening now includes stepping aboard “haunted ship” Maryland Dove, dancing to music at the Margaret Brent gazebo, meeting “Moll Dyer” in the Town Center area, and face painting,  giving guests a full evening of enjoyment and of course…candy!

The event runs from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on October 19.The entrance will close at 8:00 p.m., and activities will then end at 8:30 pm.There is no fee, but monetary donations are appreciated. For more information call 240-895-4990 or

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 the museum, contact the Visitor Center at 240-895-4990, 800-SMC-1634, or  

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...