Welcome to the Waterfront

Welcome to the Waterfront (HM2LJ7)

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N 38° 11.17', W 76° 26.07'

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Take this path down to the waterfront where you will find a quiet stretch of shoreline along the St. Mary's River shoreline along the St. Mary's River—not unlike what the colonists encountered when they arrived in 1634. This river has influenced the lives of the people who lived near it or traveled on it for centuries.

As you move along the path you will see native plants typical of southern Maryland. Look carefully and you might catch a glimpse of wildlife or see birds moving serenely above the water. Listen for the gentle lapping of waves as they touch the shore just as they have since the river was created.

At the bottom of the path you will find the Maryland Dove at anchor. Please go aboard and experience a taste of life on a vessel representative of 17th-century coastal trading ships.


As you look across the river, you will notice few modern intrusions. Scenic easement rights, which control development, protect the view for everyone's enjoyment.

There were few docks in 17th-century Maryland. Ships were anchored in deep water and smaller craft were used to carry goods and people directly to the plantations.

Near the shoreline are stone barriers that create narrow wetlands of native marsh grasses. These wetlands provide a habitat for

fish and invertebrates and they inhibit erosion of the riverbank.

"This river [the St. Mary's] runs forward from south to north about twenty miles before it is absorbed by the salt water from the sea. In its mouth one can see two bays, able to hold 300 ships of huge size."
Father Andrew White, 1634

Church Point, just to the north of where you are standing (red dot), just out prominently into the St. Mary's River. In the distance is the Chesapeake Bay. At one time the entire peninsula was forested except for those areas cleared by the American Indians.
HM NumberHM2LJ7
Placed ByHistoric St. Mary's City
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Date Added Saturday, October 5th, 2019 at 8:04pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 374370 N 4227443
Decimal Degrees38.18616667, -76.43450000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 11.17', W 76° 26.07'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 11' 10.2" N, 76° 26' 4.2" W
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