Maryland Dove Itinerary


From downtown Baltimore, Historic St Mary’s City is about 1 hour and 30 minutes depending on weather and traffic.

Take 95 South to Exit 49A Annapolis to 695 South to Crain Highway, 301 South to MD Route 4. This will take you across Solomons Island Bridge, make a left onto 235 South Three Notch Road, then a right on 237 and another right on 246 West and a left on Rt. 5 to Trinity Church Road.

From downtown D.C. it takes 1 hour and 30 minutes depending on weather and traffic.

Take I-295 South to I-495N/I-95N, then to MD- 5 South until you get to MD-235 South Three Notch Road to MD 237 Chancellors Run Road, turn left onto MD -5 South to Trinity Church Road.

The commissioning of The Maryland Dove was a ticketed event and did not take the whole day. Although it can take more than a single day to completely explore St. Mary’s City, after our tour of the Dove we visited the Godiah Spray Tobacco Plantation to explore another element of the museum we had not visited. 


Historic St. Mary’s

Historic St. Mary’s City is the site of Maryland’s first capital. It is an exemplary American historic site; it’s a museum of living history and archeology which strives to tell the diverse stories of the early inhabitants of Southern Maryland.

History of the Ark and Dove

The English settlement of Maryland began with the arrival of passengers at St. Clements Island, on March 25, 1634. The passengers and their supplies arrived in two vessels, the large Ark and the smaller Dove.

Must See

  • The Maryland Dove
  • The reconstructed State House
  • Town Center – Print House demonstration
  • Mackall Barn
  • Godiah Spray Tobacco Plantation (especially the pigs)

Nearby Explorations

Leonardtown is a great place to stroll, eat and shop.

St. Clement’s Museum and boat ride to the island.

Morris Point Restaurant  Incredible location with outdoor deck for riverside viewing and dining.


The New Maryland Dove, by Dennis Hollier

Unearthing St. Mary’s, by Miller and Parno

Southern Maryland’s Historic Landmarks, by Christopher Eck

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