Distance from Baltimore: 95 miles, about two hours Why it's worth the gas: It's not necessary to drive to Williamsburg to see historical re-enactment. At the site of Maryland's first state capital, you can step aboard the replica square-rigged Maryland Dove, observe a colonial tobacco plantation, learn about Maryland's native population at the Woodland Indian Hamlet, take in the rebuilt Brick Chapel of 1667 and State House of 1676, and, yes, listen to costumed interpreters describe life in early colonial days. It's also an active archaeological site. The living history exhibits are open from mid-March through November. Don't miss: Take a water taxi to St. Clement's Island, which, on March 25, 1634, was the site of the first settlement under Lord Calvert's flag. The 40-acre isle offers fishing, hiking, hunting, picnicking and pavilions. Information: Historic St. Mary's City, P.O. Box 39, St. Mary's City, Md., 20686; 800-762-1634 or stmaryscity.org.
St. Mary's County Tourism Office, Baltimore Sun
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