The Lost City: Historic St. Mary’s City, Maryland (Museums in Strange Places S02 E05)

In the early 17th century, 300 English settlers traveled to the new colony of Maryland in search of new opportunities and a place where they could practice their Catholic faith in peace. They built Maryland’s first capital, St. Mary’s City, and their city thrived…until its founders fell from power in England. Soon, St. Mary’s City was abandoned and it’s wooden structures rotted. The city lay hidden under farm fields and forests until archeological efforts led to the formation of Historic St. Mary’s City, a living history center that tells the story of the fourth permanent English settlement in America.

Music in this episode is by Hesperus, from their albums An Early American Quilt and Colonial America, released on the Maggie’s Music Label.

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This episode is sponsored by The Lyndhurst Group. The Lyndhurst Group is a history, museum, and nonprofit consulting firm providing community-focused engagement strategies for institutional planning, organizational assessments, and interpretive direction.

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Photos of Historic St. Mary’s City

Dr. Regina Faden, Executive Director of Historic St. Mary’s City

The reconstructed Catholic chapel

The back of the chapel as seen from the main road

A ghost frame seen from the main road

A ghost frame

The lead coffins under the chapel

Exhibit on the lead coffins discovered under the chapel

Following Donna Bird into the ordinary

Cordia’s Hope: Mark Cordia’s warehouse.

Inside the public ordinary (hotel and tavern)

Inside the public ordinary (hotel and tavern)

Inside the ordinary

Witchetts in the Woodland Indian Hamlet

Witchetts in the Woodland Indian Hamlet

Ken demonstrates working with a hide

Inside a witchett

The rebuilt Old Statehouse

A monument to Mathias d Souza

Dr. Travis Parno leads the Archeology Field School at Historic St. Mary’s City.

Archeology students working on the Old State House site

The Godiah Spray Plantation house

View of the river from the Godiah Spray Plantation

Inside the main house at the Godiah Spray Planation

Inside the main house at the Godiah Spray Planation

The herb garden at the Godiah Spray Plantation

Chicken coop at the plantation with heirloom chicken breeds

Interviewing “Isabelle Jones” about life as an indentured servant in 1688.

Interviewing “John Elton” about life as an indentured servant in 1668.

The tobacco barn at the Godiah Spray Plantation

Jeremy, the boatswain on the reproduction 17th century ship, the Maryland Dove

reproduction 17th century ship, the Maryland Dove

reproduction 17th century ship, the Maryland Dove

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