St. Mary's County Historical Society

St. Mary's County Historical Society

The St. Mary's County Historical Society features two museums: one in Tudor Hall and the Old Jail.

In addition to exhibits featuring artifacts and antique furniture, also on display is a cannon from the Ark, the ship that in company with the Dove, sailed the Atlantic from the Isle of Wight bringing the first colonists to Maryland's shores in 1634. This cannon, sitting proudly in front of The Old Jail, defended Maryland's first capital, St. Mary's City, for many years.