Tag Archives: Leonardtown

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.

Tudor Hall

41680 Tudor Place, Leonardtown, MD 20650
Phone: 301-475-2467  •  www.stmaryshistory.org

Star-Spangled Banner NHT

Tudor Hall was originally built in 1744 and was enlarged in the 1760s. This Georgian-style house became the home of Phillip Key, uncle of Francis Scott Key, author of the Star Spangled Banner. Unusual features of the house are the inset portico, the main hall’s hanging staircase, and a “triple fireplace” in the kitchen. Maryland War of 1812 Site. Tudor Hall serves as the research library for the St. Mary’s County Historical Society and also houses the Historical Society’s bookstore with books on genealogy, and local and regional history.

Old Jail Museum

11 Courthouse Drive, Leonardtown, MD 20650
Phone: 301-475-2467  •  www.stmaryshistory.org

Underground Railroad Network

Built in 1858 and in use until 1942, the granite block and brick structure retains its original upstairs cells where prisoners were once segregated by gender and race.  The jail keeper’s quarters downstairs house artifacts that relate county history. A canon from The Ark, one of two ships that first brought colonists to Maryland, and later used to defend St. Mary’s City, is displayed on the grounds.  National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Site.  The museum also serves as a county visitor information center.

Port of Leonardtown Winery

23190 Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650
Phone: 301-690-2192 •  http://www.portofleonardtown.com
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One of the only cooperative wineries in the country, the Port of Leonardtown Winery is the home of the Southern Maryland Winegrowers Cooperative.  The winery is located along north Route 5 in the Port of Leonardtown public park adjacent to McIntosh Run paddling trail.  The winery features a tasting room, and offers tours and demonstrations during the crushing cycle.