Leonardtown, MD – The public is encouraged to celebrate the founding of Maryland on March 25 at the state’s birthplace, St. Clement’s Island Museum. A ceremony will be held from 2 p.m. to 3p.m. featuring guest speakers and dignitaries from around the state.


Free admission to the St. Clement’s Island Museum and free water taxi rides will be available for visitors on March 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Starting on Maryland Day, the museum officially kicks off its summer hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily. Daily Operations for the water taxi to St. Clement’s Island State Park will also begin.


Maryland Day commemorates the first landing of English colonists on St. Clement’s Island on March 25, 1634 – a significant part of St. Mary’s County’s and the State of Maryland’s story. The St. Clement’s Island Museum, which sits just a half-mile from the island from which it takes its name, is under the care of the St. Mary’s County Museum Division and interprets the fascinating stories of the island and surrounding Colton’s Point from colonial times until the present.


“Maryland Day is the most important event in our program year, since it marks the beginning of the state of Maryland in 1634,” says Karen Stone, Manager of the St. Mary’s County Museum Division. “On this day, we honor the meeting of two cultures – the newly-arrived English and the native Piscataway – and the friendship and collaboration that ensued. It is also a day on which we celebrate Maryland’s religious history and its place in the development of the statutes of religious freedom that are so pivotal in this country’s history.”


To commemorate this momentous day in Maryland history, the museum will also be hosting award-winning local author Amy Schisler, who will be signing her new book “The Devil’s Fortune” from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the museum building. The Museum Store also carries Amy’s children’s book, “Crabbing With Granddad,” among a variety of other great local gifts, which will be available for purchase. To learn more about Amy, visit amyschislerauthor.com.


For those looking for more Maryland Day fun in St. Mary’s County, head down the Potomac to Maryland’s first capital and settlement at Maryland Day at Historic St. Mary’s City on Saturday, March 23 for a program at 1 p.m. Explore the living history site from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit hsmcdigshistory.org.


For more information regarding Maryland Day at St. Clement’s Island Museum, please call the Museum at 301-769-2222. For hours of operation, programs, admission prices and more, visit the St. Mary’s County Museum Division’s Facebook pages at www.facebook.com/SCIMuseum or www.facebook.com/1836Light or on Twitter at @StClemIsMuseum or @PineyPtLHMuseum.