LEONARDTOWN, Md. (May 13, 2010)—Documenting the unique architectural heritage of St. Mary's County, I'm Goin' Down County, An Architectural Journey Through St. Mary's County is now available for purchase. Coordinated as a project by the St. Mary's County Department of Land Use and Growth Management and the Maryland Historic Trust, and written by former staff member Kirk E. Ranzetta, the 320-page hardcover book is an illustrated chronicle of the county's historic buildings and the high-tech aircraft testing facilities located on the Naval Air Station Patuxent River.
The book is a historical narrative from the earliest periods to the present and weaves the churches, stores, residences, marine railways and boat-building shops, tobacco barns, camps, lighthouses and schools into a story of how countians shaped their community. The volume includes over 400 photos complete with a detailed narrative of hundreds of historic properties located throughout the county.
The books are available for $35 at the St. Mary's County Department of Land Use and Growth Management Department, located in the Governmental Center in Leonardtown, or Bay Books located in the Wildwood Shopping Center. Copies are also available at each St. Mary's County Library for reference.