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Trinity Episcopal Church

16855 Point Lookout Road, St. Mary’s City, MD 20686
Phone: 301-862-4597  •  http://www.trinitysmcmd.com/

Originally established in 1638, the first Trinity Church was a wooden structure located on Smith Creek.  In 1642, it was moved to St. Mary’s City and in 1694, when the state capital was moved from St. Mary’s City to Annapolis, the local State House served as the church for 134 years.  The present-day church was constructed in 1829 using brick salvaged from the original 1676 State House.   Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

St. Ignatius Catholic Church, St. Inigoes

17682 Grayson Road, St. Inigoes, MD 20684
Phone: 301-862-4600

The first chapel of St. Ignatius was built in 1641 in St. Mary’s City.  In 1704, the colony’s early policies of religious toleration were abolished and the chapel was closed.  The church was dismantled and the bricks taken down river to land owned by the Jesuits.  After the American Revolution, in 1785, the present day St. Ignatius Church was built.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

St. Andrews Episcopal Church

44078 St. Andrews Church Road, California, MD 20619
Phone: 301-862-2247  •  http://www.standrewsleonardtown.org/

Built in 1767, the church was designed by William Boulton who crafted the woodwork at nearby Sotterley Plantation.  It is an outstanding example of colonial architecture.  The church’s brick exterior has an unusual inset portico, a large Palladian window, and two towers.   The interior features balconies, and original box pews.  A hand-lettered altarpiece, or reredos, was painted in 1771, and is one of three surviving in the country.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Christ Episcopal Church, Chaptico

23590 Maddox Road, Chaptico, MD 20621
Phone: 301-884-3451  •  http://www.cckqp.net/

Built of red brick with Flemish bond and glazed headers, significant interior features include a semi-circular chancel, arched ceiling, crowned columns, and boxed pews.  During the War of 1812, the British vandalized the village of Chaptico, doing extensive damage to Christ Church and desecrating its cemetery.  Several members of the Francis Scott Key family are buried in the Key Family vault.  The church is on the National Register of Historic Places.

St. George’s Episcopal Church

19167 Poplar Hill Lane, Valley Lee, MD, 20692
Phone: 301-994-0585  •  http://www.stgeorgesvalleylee.org/

The first wooden church was built here between 1638 and 1642.  The current church built in 1799, is home to the oldest Episcopal Parish in Maryland and has held continuous services on site since 1638.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church

21370 Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650
Phone: 301-475-9885 • http://www.stfrancisxavierchurch.org/

Built in 1731, St. Francis Xavier Church replaced the original Newtown Chapel (1662).  Unusual features include the barrel vault ceiling and two octagonal-shaped brick ends.  Also on site is Newtowne Manor (1789) whose Flemish bond brickwork indicates its early construction.  The church and manor, and the 700-acre farm that surrounds it, is an example of a self-contained Jesuit community.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Solomons Island Winery

515 Garner Lane, Lusby, MD 20657
Phone: 410-394-1933 • www.solomonsislandwinery.com

logo-patuxent-wine-trailSolomons Island Winery is a family owned winery located along the idyllic shores of Hungerford Creek, just north of Solomons Island.  Solomons Winery is best known for its fruit infused varietal wines named Solomons Island Mist.  Other premium wines are produced seasonally and have won many awards.

Running Hare Vineyard

105 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Phone: 410-414-8486 • runningharevineyard.com

logo-patuxent-wine-trailRunning Hare Vineyard is in the middle of a 291 acre farm.  With its rolling hills and Tuscan style events building it is a perfect afternoon escape to sample our international award winning wines.  Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the vineyard.  A little bit of Tuscany and Napa in Southern Maryland.

Perigeaux Vineyards and Winery

8650 Mackall Road, St. Leonard, MD 20685
Phone: 410-586-2710 • perigeaux.com

logo-patuxent-wine-trailPerigeaux Vineyards and Winery is a small family-owned winery making fine Bordeaux-style wines unique to Southern Maryland.  We are known for our classically crafted, award-winning red wines.  Our wines are produced using grapes grown in our estate on our 27-acre farm.

Fridays Creek Winery

3485 Chaneyville Road, Owings, MD 20736
Phone: 410-286-9463 • fridayscreek.com

logo-patuxent-wine-trailFridays Creek Winery is a family owned farm winery housed in a remodeled tobacco barn that dates from the 1920s.  Where tobacco once hung, local art now resides;  where livestock once were, wine in oak barrels now age.  Visitors are welcome to stroll the grounds, sample wines and, of course, purchase the locally produced fare.