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Time Is on Your Side

Over just three days, 379 years of Maryland history come to life

On March 25, 1634, voyagers from the ships the Ark and the Dove erected a cross on St. Clement’s Island in the Potomac River and offered prayers for surviving their four-months’ voyage. Thereupon, they took “possession of this Countrey for our Saviour and for our soveraigne Lord the King of England.”
    The Piscataway Indians who already lived there likely suggested the colonists go elsewhere, and St. Mary’s City became the seat of Lord Baltimore’s new colony.

Father Andrew White’s Narrative of a Voyage to Maryland, 1633-34

  On the third of March, entering the Chesapeake Bay, we turned our course to the north to reach the Potomack River … Having now arrived at the wished-for country. Never have I beheld a larger or more beautiful river. The Thames seems a mere rivulet in comparison with it … The first island we came to [we called] St. Clement’s Island … On the day of the Annunciation of the Most Holy Virgin Mary in the year 1634, we celebrated the mass for the first time, on the island … [then] we took upon our shoulders a great cross, which we had hewn out of a tree … [and] erected a trophy to Christ the Saviour. …
    Since, however, the island contains only four hundred acres, we saw that it would not afford room enough for the new settlement, [we went] about nine leagues from St. Clement, [and] sailed into the mouth of a river, on the north side of the Potomac [now St. Mary’s River] capable of containing three hundred ships of the largest size. …
   We landed … and going in about a mile from the shore, we laid out the plan of a city, naming it after St. Mary. And in order to avoid every appearance of injustice, and afford opportunity for hostility, we bought from the [Indian] King thirty miles of land.

    Maryland Day commemorates the formal founding of the colony of Maryland.
    There’s been a lot of history since then. Nowadays, it takes a three-day weekend to commemorate Maryland’s 379 years. Celebrations of many chapters of that history, ancient and modern, await you at both early landing spots and throughout the Four Rivers Heritage Area of Anne Arundel County.
    With spring in the air, the Maryland Day weekend is a swell time for historic day tripping. Restaurants, businesses and neighborhoods have joined forces with historic destinations to multiply the fun to be had.
    Maryland Day is affordable family fun. Many activities are free, and the most expensive costs $1. Space at a particular site may be limited, and some events require reservations, so plan ahead and arrive early.
    –Sandra Olivetti Martin, Bay Weekly Editor

Build an Oyster Reef

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Oyster Restoration Center
Friday, March 22, 9am-2pm: free with rsvp
    Help restore our native oysters by constructing concrete reef balls to become habitat for oysters, fish, blue crabs and other critters. Dress to work outdoors, including gloves and boots. Bring lunch and water. You’ll also tour the Center. Children welcome with adults.
4800 Atwell Rd., Shady Side: 410-268-8816;
Meet at the ­Community Crossroads
Anne Arundel County Courthouse Museum
Friday, March 22, 9:30am-4pm: free
    Anne Arundel County’s working courthouse has seen 188 years of history. The exhibit Crossroads of the Community introduces you to the real-life historic drama the city has seen and to the people who played leading roles.
7 Church Circle, Annapolis:

Follow the Waterman’s Way

Annapolis Maritime Museum
Friday, March 22, noon-4pm: free
    Learn about the Chesapeake Bay through hands-on activities like oyster tonging and in an interactive exhibit devoted to the waterman’s way of life.
Second St. at Back Creek, Eastport: 410 295-0104;

See the Enemy Nearly All Round Us

Maryland State House
Friday, March 22, 1-3pm: free; photo ID required
    The War of 1812 came right to us. British warships sailed up the Chesapeake and aimed their guns toward Annapolis. In the new exhibit, The Enemy Nearly All Round Us Annapolis, you’ll learn how Maryland State Government protected citizens from attack; how the British made life difficult for Marylanders; and how enslaved African Americans made daring escapes in the midst of war.
    You’re visiting America’s oldest continually working state house, so see it all on a self-guided tour.
100 State Circle, Annapolis: 410-974-3400;

Visit the 18th Century

Hammond-Harwood House
Friday, March 22, 30-minute tours 3-7pm: $1

    The aspiration of young men has made lasting marks on Annapolis. Tobacco planter Matthias Hammond was only 25 and newly elected to the House of Delegates in 1774 when he commissioned this stately brick Georgian house with half-hexagonal wings on either side. Step inside and see for yourself. Kids ages five to 12 dress up to learn the niceties of colonial etiquette, including how to bow or curtsy. Souvenir postcards and coloring books reward genteel manners.
19 Maryland Ave., Annapolis: 410-263-4683; ­

Meet The West Annapolis Fire and Improvement Company

West Annapolis Heritage Partnership
Friday, March 22, 7pm: free
    Lindy Burkhart, Gayle Bender and Sharon Owen use old records, stories and photos to recount the history of the West Annapolis Fire Company, Inc.
Melvin Ave. and Tucker St., West Annapolis: ­

Families Tour U.S. Naval Academy

Friday, March 22, 10am or 3pm; Saturday, March 23 9:30am or 3pm: $1
    Take a War of 1812 guided walking tour of the U.S. Naval Academy, concluding in the USNA Museum where you’ll see the original, restored Don’t Give Up the Ship flag.
Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center (Enter at Gate 1, Randall St.): 410-293-8687;

Celebrate Bates’ Community, ­History and People

Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center
• Open House: Friday, March 22, 11am-3pm: free
• Films on the Black Experience: Saturday, March 23, 11am-3pm: free

    See a documentary on how Wiley H. Bates High School — the only high school for African Americans in Anne Arundel County from 1932 to 1966 — was restored as The Wiley H. Bates Heritage Park, home of The Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center and Memorial, a $27 million complex dedicated to preserving and presenting history. Learn more about the African American community in Annapolis through the documentary films, Carr’s Beach and Pip and Zastrow: An American Friendship. See the bigger picture in Dreams of Obama, interviews with people close to the president. Join members of the Bates community in discussion.
1101 Smithville St., Annapolis: 410-263-1860;

Taste Maryland Beers and Wines

Mills Fine Wine & Spirits
Friday, March 22, 4-7pm: free; 21 and older
    Taste Maryland beers and learn a bit about the rich history of brewing in Maryland and the popularity of this beverage with George Washington and other famed characters who passed through Annapolis. Special Maryland Day discounts offered on featured beers.
Sunday, March 24, 2-5pm: free; 21 and older
    Taste Maryland wine and trace its illumination of state history, symbols and more. Special Maryland Day discounts on all in-stock Maryland wine.
87 Main Street, Annapolis: 410-263-2888;

Follow the Underground Railroad

Chesapeake Children’s Museum
Friday-Sunday March 22-24, 10-4pm: free; trail guides $1.
    Follow a trail of clues to learn how runaway slaves depended on nature and secret signals to ride the Underground Railroad.
25 Silopanna Rd., Annapolis: 410-990-1993;

MainStreets Annapolis Partnership

Get on Your Mark, Get Set, Go!
Saturday, March 23, 9:30am-2:30pm: free
    Starting at City Hall, make a mad dash around the Annapolis’ Historic and Main Street districts, seeking historic and architectural gems. You have four hours and a map to complete the hunt while racing against other challengers for prizes. Register at 9:30am; return by 2pm for prize drawings for children 12 & under and adults.
160 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis: 410-703-9405;

Raise the Flag on Maryland Day

Annapolis and the Four Rivers Heritage Area
Saturday, March 23, 10am: free
    Join a spirit-lifting flag raising  in honor of Maryland Day. The Annapolis Drum and Bugle Corps play, and the award-winning U.S. Naval Academy League Cadets perform the ceremony.
Flag Pole at Susan Campbell Park, Annapolis: 410-222-1805;

Gone But Not Forgotten Tour

Annapolis Tours by Watermark
Saturday, March 23, 10:30am: free
    Follow Squire Richard Hillman (former Mayor of Annapolis) to explore now-gone sites that have left a mark on Annapolis’ historic district and the Naval Academy. Bring a U.S.-issued photo ID to enter Academy grounds.
from Susan Campbell Park, City Dock, Annapolis:, 410-268-7601

Learn the State of the Bay

Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Saturday, March 23, 10am-noon; free w/rsvp:
    Learn about the state of the Bay, its future and how you can make a difference in its health. You’ll also tour CBF’s environmentally sustainable headquarters, one of the world’s most energy-efficient buildings, and see how natural elements are incorporated into a workspace with minimal impact on the Bay.
Merrill Center, 6 Herndon Ave., Annapolis: 410-268-8816 or [email protected] (Heather Tuckfield);

The Colony’s 17th-Century Capital

Historic St. Mary’s City
Saturday, March 23, 10am-4pm
• 10am: Bring your kite to fly with the colonists
• noon and 2:30pm: hear St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s a capella chorus, PING, in the Chapel
• 1pm: commemoration ceremony

    Celebrate Maryland’s 379th anniversary with pomp and pageantry in our oldest city, where costumed interpreters in recreated 17th century settings tell the stories of Maryland’s first years, when St. Mary’s was the colony’s capital. You’ll see archaeological sites under excavation across the landscape plus the reconstructed State House of 1676; Smith’s Ordinary; the Godiah Spray Tobacco Plantation, a working colonial farm; a replica of the square-rigged Dove; and the woodland Indian hamlet. Hands-on activities include kids crafts and a scavenger hunt.
Visitor Center: 18751 Hogaboom Ln., St. Mary’s City; 240-895-4990;

Celebrate 40 Restored Years

Historic Annapolis: William Paca House
Saturday, March 23, 10am-5pm: $1

    Celebrate 40 years since the home of William Paca, signer of the Declaration of Independence and Revolutionary-era Governor of Maryland, was restored from former uses — including as the Carvel Hall Hotel. Tour the garden and first floor of the restored and refurnished Colonial home.
186 Prince George St., Annapolis: 410-267-8146;
Meet Freedom-Bound Runaways of the Chesapeake
Historic Annapolis Museum
Saturday, March 23, 10am-5pm: free
    Explore the newest exhibition with hands-on activities and, in the afternoon, real people acting the roles of slaves running to freedom.
99 Main St., Annapolis; 410-267-6656;

Harken All to the News of This Day!

26 West Street, Annapolis and City Dock ­information booth
Saturday, March 23, 11am: free with rsvp
    Join noted historian and media expert Mike Dixon in a lively discussion of how news spread of war in Maryland and how the press covered the major regional incidents of the War of 1812. Compare this coverage with our digital age, when news is practically instantaneous. Refreshments. Parking next door in the Hillman Garage.
City Hall, 160 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis: ­[email protected] or 410-263-7941 (Shari Pippen)

Find Yourself on the Map in Maryland

Wimsey Cove Framing & Art
Saturday, March 23, 11am-3pm: free
    In Wimsey Cove Maps and Art’s special collection of historic maps of the Four Rivers Heritage Area, Anne Arundel County and the state of Maryland, you can look for your house on a Sanborn map; find your farm on the Martinent of Hopkins 19th century map; and see Maryland as John Smith mapped it.
3141 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater: 410-956-7278;

Explore History in West Annapolis

West Annapolis Heritage Partnership
Saturday, March 23, 11am-5pm: free
    Children’s activities
    Explore Maryland symbols in coloring and stories at Tara’s Gifts & Parties.
    Colonial fashion show: Kids get in costume at noon at One Petticoat Lane.
    Women’s changing fashions
    Glad I didn’t live then: Hairstyles through the centuries at Salon West.
    Fashions of the Roaring ’20s on display at Retropolitan.
    Cameos: Changing faces through the years at West Annapolis Antiques.
    Maryland history
    Historic quilts on display at Cottonseed Glory.
    Finding roots on Annapolis Street: the Great Wardour Train Wreck; Major Luther Giddings’ vineyards on Melvin Street; secrets our Trees tell us; and the 1890 plat of the Town of West Annapolis — exhibits at Wimsey Cove Maps & Art.
    Maryland antiques for sale at Bon Vivant Antiques.
    Special events
    Bike check-up and tune-up at GreenPedals.
    Wiley E. Bates students’ art exhibited at West Annapolis ArtWorks & Fine Framing.
    Wine tasting in honor of Major Luther Giddings, grower of 16,500 grape vines on his West Annapolis Horse Shoe Farm: 5-6pm at One Petticoat Lane.
All along Annapolis St., West Annapolis: ­

Expose Yourself to ArtFest

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
Sunday, March 24, noon-3pm: free
    Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, located in the former Annapolis High School, shows all it has to offer for all ages with performances, demonstrations, hands-on projects and gallery events.
801 Chase St., Annapolis: 410-263-5544;

Tell Your Story Any Way You Can

Banneker-Douglass Museum
Saturday, March 23, noon-4pm: free
    Three women artists discuss issues surrounding African American and female identity. Their exhibited work in three media — newspaper/collage, found objects and paint on canvas — is inspiration to tell introspective stories through whatever materials come to hand.
84 Franklin St., Annapolis; 410-216-6180; ­

Get Crabby

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Saturday, March 23, 1pm: free
    Learn about blue crabs and SERC research on our state crustaceans; try your hand at crabbing.
647 Contees Wharf Rd., Edgewater: 443-482-2300;

Hear Period Music

Chase-Lloyd House
March 23, 2-4:30pm every half-hour: free
    Hear and waltz to the tunes popular in the early 19th century, including the early English gentlemen’s club song that gave music to Key’s famous words in The Star-Spangled Banner. The Weems Creek Jammers provide the music. The Revolutionary-era home’s dining room provides plenty of space for waltzing.
    This home of signer of the Declaration of Independence Samuel Chase remains a residence, as its last private owner willed it to a board of trustees to maintain as a home for elderly women, who “needed relief from the vicissitudes of life.” Six to eight independent ladies of all means live in the historic house to this day.

22 Maryland Ave., Annapolis: 443-994-1830 (Carol Kelly)

Visit the Wild West

Historic Annapolis: Hogshead
Saturday, March 23, 10am-5pm
Sunday, March 24, noon-4pm: free

    Hogshead has long been known as the Barracks, for that’s the purpose it served for 18th century frontiersmen, for whom the Wild West was practically next door. Visit to hear stories of how they lived from their impersonators and lay your hands and imaginations on their tools.
43 Pinkney St., Annapolis: 410-267-7619;

Get Your History Explorers Guide

Annapolis Visitors Center
Saturday, March 23, and Sunday, March 24: free all day
    Get a free History Explorers Guide and consult with information specialists on planning your Maryland Day activities.

Do Genealogy and Egg Rolling

Charles Carroll House
Saturday, March 23, noon-4pm: free
    Tour the home and gardens of Charles Carroll, the only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence. Learn about the three generations of the Carroll family who lived here and explore the newly updated family tree. Are you a descendant? A genealogist will help you research family history. Kids will also learn about genealogy and start tracing their own family tree.
Sunday, March 24, 1pm: free
Children hunt and roll Easter eggs in the garden.

107 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis: 410-269-1737;

Visit Historic London Town

Historic London Town and Garden
Saturday, noon-4:30pm: $1
    The past comes to life at the 18th century seaport of London Town. As Colonial-era British Marines practice their drills, tour the William Brown House and Lord Mayor’s Tenement and inspect the gardens at spring’s reawakening.
Sunday, noon-4:30pm: $1
    See for yourself what life was like during the 1700s as 30 costumed re-enactors demonstrate hearth cooking, militia drills, crafts and more.
839 Londontown Rd.; Edgewater: 410-222-1919; ­

Meet Original Mad Man Bert Stern

Annapolis Film Festival
Sunday, March 24, noon; free
    Travel back to the heyday of American advertising with Bert Stern. Then enjoy four hours of short films by student filmmakers from all over the world.
Room 205, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis: 410-263-3023;

Explore an Historic Village

Deale Area Historical Society
Sunday, March 24, 1-5pm: free
    On the grounds of Herrington Harbour North Marina, historic buildings have been assembled and reconstructed in an historic village. Herrington Harbour owner Steuart Chaney saved the first building, the Nutwell School, in honor of his great-aunt, who taught there, commuting weekly by horseback.
    The Deale Area Historical Society reanimates the village. Today, you can help hard-working housewives, farmers, watermen and students carry out the jobs that would have been daily chores in the early 1900s. Churn butter, crank the ice cream freezer, make a needlework sample and tie mariner’s knots. Sample Depression cake and take home the recipe. Students learn to read and recite in the one-room school. Connect with your War of 1812 ancestors. Chat with a tobacco farmer and a waterman. When the chores are finished, attend church or a Beneficial Society meeting. Refreshments sold by Honey’s Harvest.
Historic Village Museum at Herrington Harbour North Marina, 389 Rt. 256, Tracys Landing:

See the Story of Stores

Galesville Heritage Museum
Sunday, March 24, 1-5pm: free

    The village of Galesville treasures its past. The Galesville Heritage Museum preserves and illuminates those treasures in the home of schoolteacher Carrie Weedon. In the interactive exhibit The Story of Stores, you’ll learn how small stores served both as social and economic anchors in the history of the village. You’ll use a computer and monitor to see the kinds of things the stores sold, and watch and listen as locals recount their memories.
988 Main St., Galesville:

Watermen Explain Their Catch of the Day

Captain Avery Museum
Sunday, March 24, 1:30-4:30pm:
    Meet three watermen and –women couples.
    Clammers Sue and Bill Cheatham — with 47 years of combined experience working the Chesapeake — share stories and pictures of their catch and other items they bring up from the deep.
    Kathy and John Galloway describe the adaptations they’ve made to continue the oystering tradition.
    Julia and Rob Howes explain why young people like them still follow the water despite its challenges.
    Talks begin at 1:30pm.
    From 3-4:30pm, meet the presenters for one-on-one conversation, and tour the 19th century home and grounds of museum namesake Captain Salem Avery. Kids get their own catch of the day, trying on watermen’s gear, naming a boat, painting shells, identifying catches, hunting treasure and tasting gummy fish. 
1418 East West Shady Dr., Shady Side: 410-867-4486;

Return to the Spot

St. Clement’s Island Museum
Monday, March 25, 11am-noon:

    The St. Clement’s Island Museum tells the story of Maryland’s first English colonists to the New World. Join a one-hour ceremony and wreath-laying commemorating the founding, and hear Dr. Julia King, anthropology professor at St. Mary’s College, on the significant archaeological findings that may locate the home of Dr. Thomas Gerard, an early landowner in the Maryland colony.
Colton’s Point, St. Mary’s County: 301-769-2222;