Saint Mary’s City is without a doubt one of the most historic places in this whole country, but there are a few dogs in that well of which the prospective visitor should be aware. Ben is not a negative sort of character by any means, and must emphasize that he definitely does not discourage seeing what there is to see.
Beginning at the very nice visitor center one should by all means sit through the video overview. This will cover the archeological efforts, demonstrate the meticulously researched reproduction of the colonial printing press, show persons in periodic costume performing various tasks and so forth. The visitor will receive an excellent map of the village showing the various areas of interest from the hands of a smiling and welcoming hostess.
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, especially so with the displays in the visitor center, but in a little over two hours saw noone in colonial attire, found the print shop padlocked, and saw no trace of any archeological activity. At breakfast the next morning, another couple staying at the same B&B stated their desire to visit, prompting Ben to run through essentially the same admonitions. Seeing their disappointment, a waitress did a creditable job of assuaging their fears, ending with the comment that “by and large, I agree with Ben”.
Do, in any case, go to HSMC (their acronym) and be prepared to learn more than you might expect. Just realize that the wealth of the experience may be less than you are led to anticipate. Certainly, check the calendar of events on their website as part of your planning.
Enjoy your visit!
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