On March 25, 1634 the first colonists in Maryland, led by Leonard Calvert, brother of the second lord Baltimore and Governor of Maryland, arrived in the Potomac river and disembarked on this island. To mark this occasion, this day, the 25th of March, is an official state holiday, Maryland Day.
Though the colonists would end up spending most of the next few days living aboard their ships, when they arrived on the 25th they moved onto this island to celebrate a religious ceremony, the feast of the annunciation. As the sign pictured reads, this was a Catholic ceremony and this event is today commemorated by the large cross on the island. (placed there in the 20th century)
The colonists arrived aboard two ships, one large one called, The Ark of London, and a smaller ship called the Dove. The trip was full of misfortunes, which I’ll let you read about here. The island was named St. Clements island,in honor of St Clement, who watches over mariners, and whose feast day was the same day that the Ark and the Dove left England.
There is no official count of how many colonists were aboard the two boats, but experts put it between 95 and 150. This group would eventually move just a few miles south of the island and found St. Mary’s City, which would serve as the capitol of Maryland.
St. Clement’s is literally an island. In the winter months there is no ferry service, and it actually starts this weekend as part of a celebration of Maryland day. In the mean time, I have only these pictures from the shoreline.