Day 53: Visit Saint Clements Island Potomac River Museum

Saint Clements Island is the location where Maryland actually began.  In 1634 the first Maryland colonists landed at St. Clements island, and held the first Roman Catholic Mass in the English speaking colonies.  The museum in located in Coltons Point, in Saint Mary’s County, MD.

At one point a lighthouse was built on the site, and although the original lighthouse is long gone, a replica was completed in 2008.  The museum also over looks the island itself, which is now uninhabited, although because it has been designated as a state park, there is a water taxi available from the museum to the island, which runs seasonally from Memorial day to October 1st..

This location is the true cornerstone of Maryland history, and museum admission is only $1.  Make sure you call ahead, as the Lighthouse is only open by appointment only.


38370 Point Breeze Road
End of Route 242 onto Bayview Drive
Colton’s Point, MD 20626

Hours of Operation:

March 25 – September 30, weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekends 12 Noon to 5 p.m.

October 1 – March 24, Wednesday – Sunday 12 Noon to 4 p.m.



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