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Saint Clement's Island - Potomac River Museum

Point Breeze Road
Colton Point, Maryland

Phone: 301-769-2222 --

Statement of Purpose:

To interpret the history of the landing of the Maryland colonists on St. Clement's Island in 1634.

The purpose of the Museum is also to promote and preserve the freedom of religious tokleration that was first expressed on St. Clement's Island with the first Roman Catholic Mass in the English speaking colonies. Museum interprets the cooperative spirit between the Catholics and Protestants in the early years of Maryland before the era of religious intoleration. Museum also responsible for the restoration and operation of the Piney Point Lighthosue Museum and Park and the Black Panther, U-1105 submarine.

Highlights & Collections:

Exhibits pertaining to the reasons Maryland was settled and first hand experiences of the colonists. Topics include the historical characters that founded Maryland including the Calverts, the role of religious toleration and a general history of the lower Potomac River area.

Museum also offers a spectacular view of St. Clement's Island and provides a 600 foot pier and picnic tables. A nineteenth century school house also is located on the property.

Also, to note nearby the Piney Point Lighthouse Museum and Park. Lighthouse tower and keeper's quarters built in 1836 in Piney Point, Maryland, a vacation area of the nineteenth century. Originally visited by Theodore Roosevelt, James Madison, John C. Calhoun, Daniel Webster, Abraham Lincoln, and Kate Smith, the area has not changed. Today, Coast Guard additions serve as museum of photographs and artifacts of the lighthouse and museum also houses all artifacts and photographs of the U-1105.

Museum's collections include significant holdings of 17th century artifacts excavated from nearby Abell's Wharf, Maritime collections pertaining to the lower Potomac River and a vast collection of Native American artifacts

Exhibits & Special Events:

All kinds of dolls on exhibit in the museum and in the "Little Red Schoolhouse" on the Museum grounds. Antique dolls, collectibles, new dolls and all of the accompanying doll things such as minatures, doll houses, model lighthouses decorated for CHristmas. Family oriented.


Admission & Directions:

Museum located at Colton Point, Maryland on the Potomac River about 1.5 hours from Washington, D.C.

Route 301 to Route 5 south (Waldorf) Route 5 south to Route 242. Turn right onto 242. Go to end of road where it intersects with the Potomac River. Turn left onto Bay View Road to Museum.



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Key Personnel:

Michael D. Humphries, Director

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