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Maryland Day 1Rediscover Maryland history and culture during Maryland Day 2017 with a fun-filled weekend of events, activities and things to do for all ages March 24-26, 2017.

Four Rivers Heritage Area is partnering with regional heritage organizations and businesses to to commemorate the March 25, 1634 landing of the Ark and the Dove by English settlers at St. Clement’s Island, in what is now St. Mary’s County, Maryland.

This year, more than 20 historic and cultural sites in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County will offer more than 40 family-friendly events at no cost or $1 per person. Participating sites and organizations include: Annapolis Maritime Museum, William Paca House and Garden, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Charles Carroll House, Watermark Tours, Maryland State House, Chesapeake Children’s Museum, Maryland Theatre for the Performing Arts’ Stage One, Maryland State Archives, Naval Academy Museum at Preble Hall, Galesville Heritage Society, Galesville Community Center, Historic London Town and Gardens and Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center.

Attendees are invited to stop by the Visit Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Visitors Center at 26 West Street or the Information Booth at City Dock to pick up a complimentary Maryland Day program. A complimentary Maryland Day shuttle to select events in downtown Annapolis will depart from the 26 West Street Visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, courtesy of Towne Transport.

Originally published in March 2016 and updated March 2017.

Click next below to check out some of the family-friendly Maryland Day activities and events.

Maryland Day events starting Friday, March 24

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Friday-Sunday, 9am-5pm
26 West St. and City Dock Information Booth, Annapolis 
Admission: Free
Volunteer information specialists can help you plan activities for your Maryland Day Celebration adventures.

Crofton Library, 1681 Riedel Road
Friiday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free
Crab crafts and puzzles in the children’s area. 410-222-7915

Edgewater Library, 25 Stepneys Lane
Friday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free
Display of books about Maryland, set in Maryland or by Maryland authors. Also a passive Maryland Trivia Program for adults and teens. 410-222-1538

Historic London Town and Gardens
Friday-Sunday, 10am-4:30pm
839 Londontown Road, Edgewater
Admission: $1
Costumed interpreters represent a century of early Maryland history. Try your hand at making rope and chopping wood. Kids can dress up in colonial-style clothing. All activities are included with admission. 410-222-1919

Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center
1101 Smithville St., Annapolis
Friday-Saturday, 10am-1pm
Admission: $1 donation
Celebrate Your Legacy – Genealogy Workshop co-hosted by the Banneker Douglas Museum. Do you know who you are and where you come from? Find out so you can tell your own story.

Annapolis Maritime Museum
Friday-Sunday, 11am-3pm
723 Second St., Annapolis 
Admission: Free
Did you know most oysters we eat are “Made in Maryland”? Learn how oysters go from creek to plate with hands on activities like exploring, shucking and dissecting. Appropriate for kids and adults and includes a take-home craft. 443-214-5872

City of Annapolis Walk Eastport “A Scavenger Hunt for History”
Pick up maps for this self-guided tour at Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second Street.
Friday-Sunday, 11am-3pm
Explore the strong sense of history in this neighborhood first inhabited in the 1650s. The peninsula’s early maritime and industrial base has evolved into a collaborative maritime, commercial and residential community. The 2-mile walking loop is illustrated on a map that features descriptions of specific sites and word clues to engage children.

Also find more details on the Maryland Day website.

Click next below for events starting Saturday.

Maryland Day events starting Saturday, March 25

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Susan Campbell Park-City Dock, Annapolis.
Admission: Free
Four Rivers Heritage Area and partners present a spirit-lifting flag raising ceremony. Music by the Annapolis Drum and Bugle Corps and flag detail by the award-winning USNA League Cadets of the Training Ship Mercedes.

Our Legacy Tours
Susan Campbell Park-City Dock, Annapolis
Saturday, 10am
Directly following the 10am Flag Ceremony at City Dock, tour Annapolis on this award-winning walking tour that explores the history of captured Africans and indentured English and Irish to America.

Chesapeake Children’s Museum
25 Silopanna Road, Annapolis
Saturday, 10am-4pm
Admission: $1
Play all day in the museum and attend a Maker Workshop from 2-4pm. Try your hand at creating and inventing. Use your imagination to turn bits and pieces into something new. Recommended for ages 4-10 with accompanying adults. 410-990-1993

43 Pinkney St. Annapolis
Admission: Free
Experience historic Annapolis working class life of the 18th-century at Hogshead. Hands-on activities will be offered.

James Brice House 
42 East St. Annapolis 
Saturday, 10am-4pm
Admission: $1
Experience life in Annapolis just as James Brice experienced it during the year 1767 and learn where this year’s theme, “Made in Maryland,” all began. Meet the women and men who worked in town and listen to all the latest gossip. Enjoy an exciting opportunity to visit the James Brice House. Hands-on activities will be available.

Maryland State House with Maryland State Archives
100 State Circle, Annapolis
Saturday, 10am-1pm
Admission: Free
Learn about some of the men and women who “Made Maryland” and the nation. Staff of the Maryland State Archives will be on hand to answer questions as you tour the oldest state capitol still in continuous legislative use. Enjoy the new exhibits, including the beautifully restored Old Senate Chamber and portraits of the four Lords Baltimore. Explore the significant historical events that happened underneath the dome of the only state house ever to have served as the nation’s capital.

William Paca House and Garden
186 Prince George Street, Annapolis
Saturday, 10am-4pm
Admission: $1
Experience life in Annapolis just as William Paca experienced it during the year 1767 and learn where this year’s theme, “Made in Maryland,” all began. Meet the women and men who worked in town and listen to all the latest gossip. Interact with living history interpreters at the William Paca House. Hands-on activities will be offered.

Brewer Hill Cemetery
802 West St. Annapolis
Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free
Guided tours on the hour of the cemetery. Learn more about the occupants who are interred at the cemetery, including Founders, casualties of the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, and members of the African-American community. Learn more about research and preservation efforts. Descendants of those interred here are encouraged to bring photos, bible records and oral histories that will be part of a website memorializing those who are interred.

Charles Carroll House of Annapolis
107 Duke of Gloucester St. Annapolis
Saturday-Sunday, noon-4pm
Admission: Free
There will be a display of artwork from the St. Mary’s Elementary School 4th graders. A scavenger hunt will encourage visitors to find their way through the Carroll House to discover how the Carrolls made their fortune in Maryland. There is no charge but donations accepted.

Greenstreet Gardens
391 Bay Front Rd W, Lothian
Saturday, 11am
Admission: Free
Attend a seminar at Greenstreet Gardens to learn more about planting and growing Maryland native plants. Discuss the importance of continuing our heritage through plant life. Staff will be available on site for questions and advice all weekend. Visit Greenstreet Gardens website for more information and events. 410-867-9500

Maryland Theatre for the Performing Arts
1 Park Place, Annapolis
Saturday, noon – 5pm
Admission: Free
A day celebrating music and food “Made in Maryland” at Stage One – the future site of a premier arts center. Bring the whole family to this free outdoor event featuring performances by the All Children’s Chorus of Annapolis, Bumper Jacksons and more. Kids can climb on “Lil Nippers” model oyster boat from the Oyster Recovery Partnership, “tong for oysters” and learn about oyster restoration efforts in the Chesapeake Bay. The Azure at The Westin Annapolis serves up local cuisine at the event. Guests should bring a chair or blanket to enjoy the music. Underground parking available on-site. 410-972-4769

Hammond-Harwood House
19 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis
Saturday, 1pm to 4:30pm
Admission: Free to $1
This special event in the garden premiers the Hammond-Harwood House Family Haversacks program. The haversacks include activities on Maryland- based artisans John Shaw, Charles Willson Peale, and William Buckland. At 2pm there will be a brief opening ceremony for the family program and garden signage donors and partners including the Four Rivers Heritage Area, Four Rivers Garden Club and Maryland Green. Mansion tours at 1pm and 3pm for $1. Space is limited call to reserve your space at 410-2063-4683 x 10. Children’s activities in the garden from 2:30-4:30pm are free.

Odenton Library
1325 Annapolis Road
Saturday, 1pm
Admission: Free
Join Katherine Kenny and Eleanore Randrup, authors of "Courageous Women of Maryland," for a look into the lives of the many notable woman from our state who left a mark on history. 410-222-6277

Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center
1101 Smithville St. Annapolis
Saturday, 2pm
Admission: Free
Enjoy “Getting to Know Wiley. H. Bates,” a 20-minute film, and a living history portrayal by David Sommerville. Donations are welcome.

Chesapeake Children’s Museum
25 Silopanna Road, Annapolis
Saturday, 7pm-9pm
Admission: $1
"Harriet Tubman" will share memories of her childhood as a slave in Maryland and her amazing rescues with the Underground Railroad. Pre-registration is required. Recommended for ages 9 and up. 410-990-1993

Click next below for Sunday events.

Also find more details on the Maryland Day website.

Maryland Day Events starting Sunday, March 26

Md Day 2 WChesapeake Children’s Museum
25 Silopanna Road, Annapolis
Sunday, 10am-4pm
Admission: $1
Play all day in the museum and attend a Maker workshop from 2-4pm. Try your hand at creating and inventing. Use your imagination to turn bits and pieces into something new. Recommended for ages 4-10 with accompanying adults. 410-990-1993

The Public Water Access Committee
4800 Atwell Rd Shady Side
Sunday, noon – 4pm
Admission: Free
Explore Discovery Village, site of the next county public boat ramp. Join the The Public Water Access Committee, Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks, West/Rhode Riverkeeper and Southern Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce. Shady Side also has two public kayak launches, a public wharf and hiking trails. This event is free and open to the general public.

Captain Avery Museum
1418 East West Shady Side Road, Shady Side
Sunday, 1pm-4pm
Admission: Free
Grand opening celebration of the exhibit of nationally acclaimed work of Southern High School artists. Meet the artists and their instructor mentors. Also enjoy alt-acoustic music from SHS Tri-M virtuosos. This exhibit has become the de-facto ArtQuest sneak peek. Refreshments will be provided.

Galesville Community Center Organization
916 W Benning Road, Galesville
Sunday, 1–4pm
Admission: Free
In 2017, in fulfilling the theme “Made in Maryland," the GCCO will unveil African American family histories of Galesville in the form of family trees during its “Family Tree Explosion: Discovering, Documenting, Preserving, Sharing and Celebrating Family Histories of Galesville.” These family trees will depict family names, relationships, origins, places of birth — especially those born in Maryland. Currently genealogy workshops are underway recounting family histories back as far as records will allow. Families have delved into their past histories, visiting and interviewing senior family members, searching for family records, photographs and heirlooms, and conducting research both at local repositories and online genealogy databases. Families are also taking updated portraits of multi-generations. Some families have conducted DNA ancestry testing to help find places of origin, ancestral homelands, determine ethnicity, and genetic relatives to expand their genealogy research, which will also be unveiled on Maryland Day.

Galesville Heritage Society and Museum
988 Main Street, Galesville
Sunday, 1pm-4pm
Learn free boat building on the West River. From Native American dugout canoes to Steward’s Shipyard in colonial times to 19th century log canoes and today’s modern techniques, the West River has been one of the centers of boat building in Maryland. Discover the heritage of boat building on the West River at the Galesville Heritage Museum.

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
801 Chase St. Annapolis
Sunday, 1pm-4 pm
Admission: Free
Explore all that Maryland Hall offers at its annual “ArtFest” open house. Enjoy an afternoon of fun and creativity for children and adults. ArtFest will feature Maryland Hall’s education programs through demonstrations, performances and activities that include children’s crafts and a community art project. Popcorn and ice cream will be provided. Pottery sale, face painting and so much more. An all-ages event with all things “Made in Maryland.” Special guest cartoonist Steven Fischer will demonstrate, sell his books, and promote his workshop. Margaret Brent and the Indians with Mary Ann Jung will perform at 2pm.

Watermark Tours
Visit Annapolis Information Booth at City Dock Annapolis
Sunday, 2:30pm
Admission: Free
Gone But Not Forgotten Tour led by Squire Richard Hillman. The preserved heritage of Annapolis is applauded and celebrated. Nevertheless, in 3½ centuries there have been many changes — some good, some bad and many over which disagreements still prevail. Explore the sites of some of these changes in the historic district and on the grounds of the Naval Academy. Enjoy reminiscences of bygone days and share some of your own. Current US Government Issued Photo ID required. 410-268-7601

Also find more details on the Maryland Day website.

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