Celebrate the history and heritage of St. Clement’s Island with tons of fun and free activities and programs for the whole family out on beautiful St. Clement’s Island. Experience a day of history, wildlife and art, and take part in activities that include, games, lighthouse tours, traditional music and much more. Lots of related vendors will be on hand. Visitors will be able to take free water taxi rides out to the island for all the festivities.

Discover St. Clement’s Island State Park and its history as the site of Maryland’s first colonial landing in 1634. Enjoy the scenic and natural beauty of the island, Potomac River and waterfowl with a walk along the beach. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at the pavilion or any of the tables dotting the island shore. The reconstructed Blackistone Lighthouse will be open and available for tours. Visitors can also refresh themselves with free watermelon slices throughout the event. 

Some activities and exhibitors include:

Meet the Members of the Piscataway Canoy Tribe and learn about their rich heritage. They will have a wigwam for guests to visit and offer with hands-on activities.

Meet the historic figures tied to the island’s history. Father Andrew White S.J. will talk about his journey to the Maryland colony. Dr. Thomas Gerard, the first owner of St. Clement’s Island, will offer insight into colonial living.

Learn navigation techniques used by sailors before the advent of GPS with the Patuxent River Sail & Power Squadron.

The Friends of Newtowne Manor House will share the fascinating history of the Newtowne Manor House, an 18th century structure located in Compton, Maryland.

Learn about the local wildlife with activities including building an oyster, identifying local fish species in a fishing game, and helping animals find their home in a habitat game.

Weave a basket with art teacher Ellen Duke Wilson. Participants will make a small basket to take home.

Enjoy a sack race, a favorite past time for guests visiting the McWilliams’ hotel. There will be other traditional games such as stilts, bubble blowing, a bean bag toss and pick up sticks.

Listen to early American music played by Gary Rue and his musicians.

Check out the temporary exhibit “Businesses We Know and Love” in the museum building, featuring the collection of local collector and high school student Josh Guy.

Event is FREE. 10AM – 3PM. Call 301-769-2222 for more information.

This program was made possible by a grant from Maryland Humanities, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Maryland Historical Trust in the Maryland Department of Planning, and the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Maryland Humanities, Maryland Historical Trust, Maryland Department of Planning, or the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.