St. Mary's County is part of the Southern Maryland region. The county was the home to the first Maryland Colony, and the first capitol of the Colony of Maryland. Settled by English Catholics, it is considered to be the birthplace of religious freedom in North America.
The county is home to the Patuxent River Naval Air Station and St. Mary's College of Maryland.
Traditionally, St. Mary's County has been known for its unique and historic culture of tidewater farming, fishing, and crabbing communities. But with the advent of the military bases, growth of an extensive defense contractor presence, and the growth of St. Mary's College of Maryland, as well as increasing numbers of long-distance Washington, D.C. commuters, it has been undergoing a decades-long transformation which has seen the county's population double since 1970.
St. Mary's County was the first established in 1637, and has some of the oldest extant buildings in North America. Many of these of properties are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. These buildings range through many historical periods, from the 1600s to the 1800s.
The County sits on a peninsula largely bordered by water: the Patuxent River, the Chesapeake Bay, the Potomac River, and the Wicomico River. Its coastline has many coves, tidal creeks, bays, and inlets.
Maryland International Raceway and Budds Creek Raceway near Chaptico attract auto and motocross racing devotees. St Mary’s also holds a number of very popular annual festivals, including the US Oyster Festival, Sotterley WineFest, the River Concert Series, and the St Mary’s County Fair.
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