St. Mary's County, MD Homes for Sale


About St. Mary's County, Maryland

St. Mary’s County was founded at St. Clements Island in 1634 and is the birthplace of Maryland. Known as the “MotherCounty”, St. Mary’s is a peninsula surrounded by the Patuxent and Potomac rivers and the Chesapeake Bay boasting approximately 500 miles of shoreline. George Calvert, First Lord Baltimore originally petitioned King Charles I of England in the early 1600’s to establish the new colony for the purpose of practicing religious freedom. His son, Cecilius Calvert, Second Lord Baltimore, would later send two ships, the Ark and the Dove with 140 passengers bound for the new colony.

The first Roman Catholic Mass was celebrated on March 25, 1634 after landing at St. Clements. The first colonists traveled further south to establish their settlements below the WicomicoRiver in an area known as St. Mary’s City. This historic city was the first colonial state capital of Maryland before later moving to it’s permanent home in Annapolis. In 1649 the Act of Religious Toleration was passed in Maryland making St. Mary’s County the first colony to practice religious tolerance.

Tobacco, was a labor intensive crop to grow but proved to be the foundation of the colony and very prosperous for farmers and plantations. In addition to farming, the waters of the surrounding rivers and bay have been a means of survival for the waterman of St. Mary’s County for centuries.

The rich heritage of St. Mary’s County includes many historic cities and landmarks including:

  • Sotterley Plantation
  • St. Mary’s City (the first colonial Capital of Maryland)
  • Point Lookout
  • PatuxentRiver Naval Air Station (Established in the 1940s)
  • Leonardtown (the oldest County Seat in the U.S. and the first Arts and Entertainment District in Southern Maryland)
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