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1634 Founding of Maryland: Weekend Coach Tour

Explore the history of Southern Maryland with a weekend trip to Calvert and St. Mary’s counties:

Begin your trip at FCC in the morning and travel to St Clements Island Museum at Colton’s Point. This is where English Catholics seeking religious freedom first landed in 1634. The museum focuses on the local ecology and the history of the island. After a picnic lunch, we will board a boat for St. Clements where we will visit Blackistone Lighthouse constructed in 1848 and a commemorative cross erected in honor of the first landing. Our next stop will be at the Piney Point Lighthouse Museum where we will visit the keeper’s house and the museum where a variety of restored local watercraft are displayed. There is also a torpedo factory and information on a German U-boat sunk nearby. Dinner is on your own at the Ruddy Duck. Day two starts with breakfast in Lexington Park and then a guided tour of St. Mary’s City, Maryland’s first capital founded in 1634. We will visit the museum, the first capitol building, the Catholic Chapel, and a replica of the Dove, one of the two ships that brought the first settlers. After lunch nearby, we head to Solomon where we visit the Calvert Marine Museum which is devoted to both the history and ecology of the peninsula and bay. We will also enjoy a one hour cruise on the Patuxent River. Participants will be free to choose one of the local restaurants for dinner, several which serve seafood. Our final day starts with breakfast in Lexington Park followed by a visit to the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum. The museum focuses on PAX Naval Air Station which is our country’s primary fighter test facility. The museum has historical displays, flight simulators, and nearly two dozen modern warplanes parked on an accessible flight line. We conclude our tour with a visit to Sotterley Plantation, the last publicly accessible plantation in eastern MD. Established in the late 1600’s and expanded by successive owners, Sotterley provides a view into the lives of the colonial elites and the slaves who toiled for them. We will have a late lunch at the plantation before heading home.

Instructor: Doug Estepp started Coal Country Tours in 2010 not as a money making venture but rather to pursue a passion. That passion was history and historic preservation. Having immersed himself in the history of the West Virginia Mine Wars since 1978, he started Coal Country Tours to share the history of southern West Virginia coal mining, to tell the story of coal miners, their families, the mine wars, and the 1921 Battle of Blair Mountain, and to hopefully assist in the preservation of the Blair Mountain Battlefield, an effort that continues to this day. As a result, it didn’t take long before he started offering tours to other destinations including the mid-Atlantic, southern Maryland, Quebec and the Canadian Maritimes. And so he created Heritage Adventures. What he has discovered along the way is that there is an advantage to coming to the travel industry from the outside and from a viewpoint not based on business rules and maximizing profits. What he seeks to offer is what he looks for when he travels – history, culture, new perspectives, good food, good company, comfort, new destinations, knowledge. Thus, his philosophy for success is to offer a better experience and to share the joy of travel. Whether three days or ten, at the end of every tour it does not feel like work to him, it feels like a trip with friends. That makes him a lucky guy.

1634 Founding of Maryland: Weekend Coach Tour
Friday, 8:00 a.m. – Sunday 6:00 p.m., October 6-8
Location: Bus will depart from the FCC Conference Center (E Building) lobby
ILR273-4080: Double Occupancy: $499
ILR274-4081-: Single Occupancy: $549
(Price includes transportation, entry fees, hotel, breakfast, and lunches)

Please Note: Please call Heritage Adventures at 1-540-233-0543 to register. 

Cancellation policy is set by Heritage Adventures. We recommend you purchase your own travel insurance.