St. Mary’s is a peninsula that extends out from Maryland into the Chesapeake Bay between the Patuxent and Potomac rivers. Much of the new housing and development is centered around “Pax River,” the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, within easy reach of St. Mary’s City and College, St. Mary’s River State Park, and Route 4 north into Solomon’s Island and Calvert.
The county was also recently ranked first in the state for job growth and personal income growth – primarily from the influx of high-tech talent. But though it has emerged as a world-class center for maritime aviation research, development and testing, it maintains a wonderful, rural Old Maryland charm.
St. Mary’s County is also home to:
St. Mary’s County claims four lighthouses including Piney Point Lighthouse, the oldest on the Potomac, and Blackistone Lighthouse, the newst one that has been lovingly reconstructed on St. Clement’s Island
The U.S. National Oyster Shuck Championships
In October every year, St. Mary’s County hosts their annual Oyster Festival where the fastest oyster shuckers in the U.S. compete for the national title.
Places Rich in History
St. Mary’s County’s strategic Bay location has given it a rich military history stretching back to the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Point Lookout State Park has a significant Civil War history as a prison camp for Confederate soldiers.
For additional information on our St. Mary’s County New Home Communities visit our Browse by Community interactive map and choose a community within St. Mary’s County.