Southern Maryland was one of the first colonial settlements. As such, it is steep in culture and history.
Many of the books here may be out of print. However, there are often used copies for sale. As a last resort, check your local library, historical society, or even Google Books.
This is the story of St. Mary's College of Maryland from 1968 through 1982. Written by Renwick Jackson, a one-time president of the college. [ More info & photo ][ Last Updated: 07-Feb-2016 | Hits: 50 | Reader Comments Report Problem
History of St. Mary's County, Maryland
By Regina Combs Hammett. This extensive history of St. Mary's County is in its third printing.[ Last Updated: 08-Feb-2016 | Hits: 110 | Reader Comments Report Problem
Islands in a River: Solomons and Broomes Island, Md.
Solomons and Broomes Island, Maryland by Richard J. Dodds. This book highlights the families who developed Solomons and Broomes Island, and the schools, stores, and churches that sprang up to serve the needs of the residents. In text and photographs, the book traces the rich tapestry of the region's seafood, boat building, and recreational-fishing industries. This is a permanent record of a vanishing maritime past.
Available only through the Calvert Marine Museum store.[ Last Updated: 21-Feb-2016 | Hits: 65 | Reader Comments Report Problem
Memories of Sotterley, written by Richard Knott and his grandson Shawn Knott, is a rare collection of history and personal stories regarding Sotterley Plantation, from one who lived and worked there. Memories of Sotterley takes the reader back in time documenting the families that worked the farm, building construction of houses, barns and buildings at Sotterley through the 20th century from a personal perspective. It also covers Sotterley ownership, the workers that made it all happen, and much more. Loaded with rare photographs and stories, Memories of Sotterley offers a one-of-a-kind perspective of Sotterley that no other publication has ever done. [ More info & photo ][ Last Updated: 21-Feb-2016 | Hits: 83 | Reader Comments Report Problem
Once the Metropolis of Maryland
The history and archaeology of Maryland's first capital, St. Mary's City. Written by Silas D. Hurry. [ More info & photo ][ Last Updated: 07-Feb-2016 | Hits: 59 | Reader Comments Report Problem
Point Lookout Prison Camp for Confederates
This book provides a comprehensive history of the notorious Civil War prison camp that was located at Point Lookout in Maryland. Written by Edwin W. Beitzell and published by the St. Mary's County Historical Society.[ Last Updated: 07-Feb-2016 | Hits: 70 | Reader Comments Report Problem
Price of Nationhood, The: The American Revolution in Charles County
The American Revolution is seen as a formative event, but it was also a shattering one to those who experienced it. Charles County, situated on the Potomac near Chesapeake Bay, long enjoyed the prosperity of a rich soil and thriving overseas trade. Its social order—white planters at the top, enslaved blacks at the bottom—was stable and its politics were local. This world was swept away by Independence and the war with Britain. Led by its accustomed elite, the county was drawn into the Revolution, fought battles local and distant, and emerged part of a nation, its society admitting greater degrees of freedom and yet impoverished and depleted. This text brings 18th-century seaboard Maryland to life in this in-depth study of the social and political history of an area greatly affected by the Revolution.[ Last Updated: 08-Feb-2016 | Hits: 60 | Reader Comments Report Problem
St. Mary's County (Images of America: Maryland)
St. Mary's County, the Mother County of Maryland, was founded in 1634 by a hand full of colonists who journeyed across the stormy Atlantic, landing at present-day St. Clement's Island. Although the organizers of the Maryland venture were Catholic, the majority of the settlers were Protestants, many of them arriving as indentured servants. Settlers, regardless of religious affiliation, aided in the establishment of the colony and participated fully in the new government. In 1649, Maryland officially became the birthplace of religious freedom in the New World when the Religious Toleration Act was passed at St. Mary's City. From the colonization of the county, to life throughout the 20th century, this volume explores the people, places, and events that have made St. Mary's County such a unique and integral part of the history of Maryland and this nation. [ More info & photo ][ Last Updated: 07-Feb-2016 | Hits: 71 | Reader Comments Report Problem
Thrills and Spills: The Golden Era of Powerboat Racing in So. Md.
"The Golden Era of Powerboat Racing in Southern Maryland" by Robert J. Hurry and Richard J. Dodds with contributing author C.R. "Buddy" Parks.
Not too long ago, powerboat racing was one of the largest and most popular spectator sports in Southern Maryland. Thrills and Spills aims to preserve this important legacy for future generations.
Paperback; 157 pages; color photos throughout.
Available only through the Calvert Marine Museum store.[ Last Updated: 21-Feb-2016 | Hits: 66 | Reader Comments Report Problem
Tidewater Time Capsule History Beneath the Patuxent: History Beneath the Patuxent
Years ago few people understood the value of the submerged cultural resources beneath the waters of the Chesapeake region. Recently, the search for the region's underwater heritage has been validated, and has initiated an intensified attempt to study and preserve the priceless resources in the waters of the Bay and its tributaries.
This is the story of one such effort. The Patuxent Project was the first underwater archaeological survey of an entire river system. In this multiphase investigation, archaeologists sought such diverse resources as inundated aboriginal and historic sites, harbor facilities, military establishments, battle sites, shipwrecks, and, in particular, the final resting place of Joshua Barney's famed Chesapeake Flotilla from the War of 1812.[ Photo ][ Last Updated: 07-Feb-2016 | Hits: 55 | Reader Comments Report Problem