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St. Clement's Island Museum

St. Clement’s Island Museum

St. Clement's Island Museum is located along the Potomac River in Southern Maryland. Learn about English colonization of Maryland on nearby St. Clement's Island in 1634.

The Museum focuses on the English history that preceded the voyage to Maryland relating the religious and political issues of the 16th and 17th centuries. You can discover the vision of George Calvert, the First Lord Baltimore, to found a colony incorporating religious Views of St. Clement's Island tolerance and his sons’ implementation of this vision.

You will learn of the voyage of The Ark and The Dove departing from the Isle of Wight in England on the feast day of St. Clement, the patron saint of mariners. Follow the treacherous crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, braving pirates and dangerous storms, and their venture up the Chesapeake Bay to the Potomac River. Discover Father Andrew White’s written account of the voyage and landing on St. Clement’s Island.  View the 7 by 20 foot mural depicting the colonial arrival along with an exhibit regarding their negotiation with the Native Americans for a permanent settlement.

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Last updated: January 27, 2020
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