After the holiday, get out of your kitchen and into the colonists’!


— What did it take to get through the winter 350 years ago? Forget a quick trip to the store— you needed enough food to last until the next harvest, a secure shelter that would keep out the elements, and clothes to keep you warm. At Hearth and Home in Early Maryland, today’s families can explore the skills that allowed Maryland’s first citizens to weather the cold. Hearth and Home will take place on November 28 and 29, 2014 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC).

Discover the 17th-century version of a refrigerator. Help put our gardens to bed for the cold months and assist as we tighten up our fences. See what’s cooking at each living history site— explore open hearths, food preservation, and more. Watch the trial of John Salter, pig thief, and consider what it took to preserve the peace in early Maryland. Lend a hand pounding corn, churning butter, and maybe stir a pot or two. Take home a free colonial recipe book, Fowl Weather Fair, and cook up heirloom recipes for turkey, goose, duck, and chicken in your modern kitchen. Was life as delicious way back then?

Hearth and Home in Early Maryland offers a welcome opportunity for family and friends to get out of the house after Thanksgiving. All will gain a new appreciation for the comforts of our homes, and the convenience of modern appliances, utilities, and grocery stores!

Begin your visit at the HSMC Visitor Center at 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary’s City. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 seniors, $6 students, and free for those under 6 years and Friends members. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Southern Maryland Food Bank and save $1!

For more information, contact 240-895-4990, 800-SMC-1634, or