Tag Archives: Patuxent River

Sotterley Plantation

44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood, MD 20636
Phone: 301-373-2280  •  www.sotterley.org

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Overlooking the scenic Patuxent River, the plantation encompasses nearly 100 acres of open fields, gardens, and shoreline.  Sotterley Plantation is the sole surviving Tidewater plantation in Maryland that is fully interpreted and open to the public.  Construction of the now rare “earth-fast” main dwelling began in the early 1700s.  The house grew over time into a rambling residence featuring fine period woodwork.  Highlights include the shell alcoves in the drawing room and the hall staircase. Over 20 outbuildings are part of the site’s 300 plus year evolution including a Customs Warehouse, Smoke House, and an original Slave Cabin dating to the 1830s.  The site also features a museum shop and nature trails.  Accessible by water, call for information.

Kings Landing Park

3255 Kings Landing Rd., Huntingtown 20639
Phone: 410-535-2661 • 410-535-5327 • Fax: 410-535-2661

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Kings Landing is a 260-acre park on the Patuxent River and Cocktown Creek offers a variety of outdoor activities.  A site for environmental education, the park features pastures, woodland and wetlands.  Amenities include picnic shelters with tables and grills, wetlands boardwalk, fishing pier, launch area for canoes and kayaks, swimming pool, shoreline, horse ring and Tom Wisner Hall (for indoor meetings and receptions).  Youth camping, horse ring, picnic shelters and hall require reservations. Wheelchair accessible.

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (JPPM)

10515 Mackall Rd., St. Leonard 20685
Phone: 410-586-8501 • Fax: 410-586-8503

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Experience, discover, learn and have fun at JPPM! Over 70 archaeological sites have been identified on the property, reflecting over 12,000 years of human occupation.  Tour exhibits in the visitor center and exhibit barn, browse the gift shop, hike miles of trails, discover the Indian Village, launch a canoe or kayak, rent the pavilion or just enjoy the beautiful views.

Also on the grounds is the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, a state-of-the-art archaeological research, conservation and curation facility.  The lab also houses a number of major collections acquired through private donation to the Maryland Historical Trust.  All of these collections are available for research, education, and exhibit purposes to students, scholars, museum curators, and educators.

The “Wm. B. Tennison”

Located at the Calvert Marine Museum dock
14200 Solomons Island Rd. • PO Box 97, Solomons 20688
Phone: 410-326-2042 • Fax: 410-326-6691

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Enjoy a one-hour cruise around Solomons Harbor and the Patuxent River aboard the only Coast Guard-licensed log-hulled vessel in America.  Built in 1899, this National Historic Landmark was later converted from sail to power and served as an oyster buyboat until 1978.  Departs from the Calvert Marine Museum dock, weather permitting.  Assistance needed for wheelchair boarding (ramp).

J. C. Lore and Sons Oyster House

Owned and operated by the Calvert Marine Museum
Phone: 410-326-2042 • Fax: 410-326-6691

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Visit this restored 1934 seafood packing house to learn about the boom and decline of the region’s commercial seafood industries. The exhibits explore all aspects of oyster processing – from receiving oysters at the dock to storing, chucking, washing, packing and shipping the product to markets across the region. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Drum Point Lighthouse

14200 Solomons Island Rd. • PO Box 97, Solomons 20688
Phone: 410-326-2042 • Fax: 410-326-6691

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Drum Point Lighthouse dominates the Calvert Marine Museum’s waterfront. This screwpile, cottage-type light is only one of three remaining from 45 that once served the Chesapeake Bay at the beginning of the 20th century.

Calvert Marine Museum

14200 Solomons Island Rd. • PO Box 97, Solomons 20688
Phone: 410-326-2042 • Fax: 410-326-6691

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The Calvert Marine Museum is the only museum on the East Coast that is home to two lighthouses, rich maritime history and diversity of life in the Chesapeake Bay come alive. See a skates and rays exhibit, models, paintings, woodcarvings, aquariums, fossils and boats. Outdoor exhibits include a boat basin, river otter habitat and a recreated salt marsh.

Chesapeake Biological Laboratory Visitor Center (CBL)

1 William Street • PO Box 38, Solomons 20688
Phone: 410-326-7443 • Fax: 410-326-7438

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Founded by zoologist Reginald Truitt in 1925 on land donated by the people of Solomons, this is the oldest state-supported marine laboratory on the East Coast.  A part of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, CBL allows visitors to experience the scientific atmosphere of the research facility, learn about the ecology and natural resources of the Chesapeake Bay and the important contributions made by CBL scientists to our environmental heritage.

Annmarie Garden Sculpture Park & Arts Center

13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons 20688
Mailing Address: PO Box 99, Dowell 20629
Phone: 410-326-4640 • Fax 410-326-4887

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Annmarie Garden, in association with the Smithsonian Institution, is a sculpture park and arts center located in scenic Solomons. Enjoy an exquisite collection of outdoor sculpture, much of it on loan from the Smithsonian Institution. The Arts Center features rotating exhibits, art classes, and gift shop. With a busy calendar of programs, special events and classes, visitors will enjoy exploring this exceptional attraction.