Leonardtown, MD – The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County, along with the Museum Division of the Department of Recreation and Parks, will host the annual Maryland Day program at the St. Clement’s Island Museum. This year’s event takes place Friday, March 24 beginning 2 p.m. The one-hour commemorative program honors the first brave settlers who founded the Maryland colony at St. Clement’s Island on March 25, 1634. The event is free and open to the public.

Maryland Secretary of Planning Wendi Peter will be the keynote speaker. County Commissioners will also offer remarks at the ceremony. The St. Clement’s Island historical marker will be the site of a wreath-laying ceremony to wrap up the commemorative program.

Visitors attending the event will enjoy free admission to the museum. The site also hosts a 19th century one-room schoolhouse and exterior dory boat exhibit.

Maryland Day marks the beginning of the summer season for the St. Clement’s Island Museum and the Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum and Historic Park in Piney Point. Both museums will be open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through September.

The St. Clement’s Island Museum is managed by the Museum Division of St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks. It is located at 38370 Point Breeze Road in Colton’s Point at the end of route 242 south. The museum and grounds are handicap accessible.

For more information call the museum at 301-769-2222 or log on to www.stmarysmd.com/recreate/museums.